Mo’Nique was in “The Breakfast Club” this morning and finally had the chance to confront Charlamagne on awarding her “Donkey of the Day.”
She previously expressed displeasure in the infamous honor because she felt that Charlamagne, who she called Lenard (his government name), used this moniker to dismiss her for calling out Netflix for gender and racial biases.
Early in the interview, Charlamagne jumped right in and asked Mo’Nique why she felt she deserved a similar offer to what Amy Schumer received. He also noted that Amy sold out multiple arenas recently, and created an alleged bidding war with Netflix and HBO. When Charlamagne said he “assumed” this is what separated Mo’Nique from the others, Mo’ swiftly responded.
We actually talked to the vice-president of Netflix, Lenard. And what happens is when you’re basing off what you were assuming, and then you give me a title of “Donkey of the Day.”
Is your mother still alive? And you’re from what city in South Carolina?
If I were to call your mother, or your grandmother, could they tell me stories of inequality that they had to deal with?
Charlamagne responded, “Absolutely.”
So would your mother be a donkey?
Would your grandmother be a donkey?
Charlamagne responded, “No.”
Mo’Nique then continued:
I need you to explain how you gave me the title, because you’re not explaining it. You’re going on from what I assume, but because you’re on that microphone…
And when we open up the microphones, we know just how powerful our voice can be, right Angela?
We know what we say can become law, correct Lenard?
So when we do that, we must then explain it to our community because we know poisonous it can be when we put things out. But, we can’t back it up; we just say it.
Charlamagne went on to say he agreed with Mo’Nique on the lines of racial bias and gender bias.
We know the black woman is unappreciated and undervalued.
However, he didn’t waiver from his opinion about Mo’Nique asking for too much in her quest to boycott Netflix.
I think that when it comes to this Netflix situation, it’s very specific. I think it’s more of an individual thing than it is a collective problem.
At the end of the interview, Mo’Nique flat-out said that Charlamagne does not respect black women.
What I will say to you is… And to all the black women out there, and women of color that is listening… When you hear this brother’s voice come over the airwaves, and I am unapologetic about what I am getting ready to say…
He does not have a value on black women and women of color.
Check out the full interview below.
In other news, Mo’Nique also appeared on “The View” this morning, and had an interesting exchange with Whoopi Golberg.
When the topic turned to Mo’Nique not promoting “Precious” for free, Whoopi told her that she “would’ve schooled” her on what she should’ve expected when asked to promote the film. Mo’Nique explained that she wasn’t under a contractual obligation to promote the film overseas. In fact, Mo’Nique said Lionsgate would’ve tried to sue her if it was in her contract to do so.