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Mo’Nique: “I Was “Blackballed” After Winning My Oscar”- But Was She Really?

Mo’Nique: “I Was “Blackballed” After Winning My Oscar”- But Was She Really?

by February 21, 2015 4 comments

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At the 2010 Academy Awards, Mo’Nique wore white gardenias in her hair — just as Hattie McDaniel had in 1940 when she became the first African-American actress to win an Oscar. The Precious star later thanked McDaniel in her best supporting actress acceptance speech “for enduring all that she had to, so that I would not have to.”

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Hattie McDaniels was the first black person to win an Oscar. She accepted her honor in a segregated ‘No Blacks’ hotel in L.A.

As The Hollywood Reporter recognizes the 75th anniversary of McDaniel’s historic win, they spoke with Mo’Nique about her debt to her movie-star idol, her memories of her own Oscar night and the dramatic turn her career has taken in the five years since winning the award. Mo’nique says that during a phone conversation with Director and Producer Lee Daniels, he told her that she had been “blackballed” because she did not play the “game.”

What game you ask? Well, that would be the Oscar campaigning game. Mo’nique decided she would not attend any film promos and it is rumored that at that time she was asking for $100,000 in appearance fee’s, which did not include her glam squad and their first class flights.  At the end, Hollywood decided her attitude and persona would not be missed at these events.

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She attributes to her “difficult and tacky” attitude to growing up in Baltimore. Really Mo? This is what we are doing now? Is there no room for growth?

Herein lies the problem black people… we prefer to make excuses for our ratchet behavior instead of analyzing and fixing the problem. She did the same thing when she went around telling overweight women that their “big is beautiful.” Now she has lost an entire person in weight, while several women probably stroked or had heart attacks during this “Mo’Nique’s Big Beautiful and Loving It” era she so loudly and obnoxiously campaigned for. She also released books entitled “Skinny Cooks Can’t Be Trusted” and “Skinny Women Are Evil: Notes of a Big Girl in a Small-Minded World,” making overweight women think and feel like it was OK to be unhealthy and obese all while she was cashing in those checks.

Well lets take a look at Mo’Nique today shall we…

Yeup that is her in all her glory! Oh but she isn’t finished, her journey continues. Go to her Instagram and all you see is health and fitness. Now don’t get me wrong, I love the physical transformation and dedication she has put forth in living a healthy life, but her mentality obviously remains the same. She’s known all her life that being overweight is dangerous, but she instead capitalized off of it.

This is the type of hypocrisy that we must endure living within today’s society. Goons, thugs and gansters along with beasties, slwhores and strippers are also acting like “this is the damn life” talking about “turn up and turn down for what,” when in reality they are literally dying to get out that life. But until they find that escape or opportunity, they continue to feed our children through lyrics and videos, that “you ain’t real if you ain’t hood!”

This mentality is destroying us…. But black lives matter right?

Mo’Nique  says that winning an Oscar “hurt her career,” well no deary, your lack of humility did that. Mo’Nique please stop fueling this stereotype that black women are “difficult, tactless and tacky” because we were raised in the “hood” or in your case Baltimore. Many successful women have made it out of the “hood” and have gone on to become professional, but above all, respectful loving women. If you are intelligent enough to know that there is an issue in how you deal, react and respond to people and situations and you know that it is affecting your career and your livelihood, then why not just change it?

In my opinion, Mo”Nique blackballed herself…… I’m just saying.

Below is The Hollywood Reporter interview. Please read it, decide for yourselves and leave me your comments below. Love & Peace!

~Evie 

 

THR: Is it true you heard Hattie McDaniel’s name during the ceremony when they said your name?

You know, when I was sitting there, and Robin Williams, bless his heart …

THR: That’s right, he presented your award. How sad.

Yes, but what an honor that was. From one comic to another comic, and we know how we both got our start: standing up in little bars with three people there, two of them drunk and one was blind. And now you’re calling my name for this award? I just felt Hattie all over me at that moment, but I didn’t hear her name, per se.

THR: How has the Oscar changed your life? Has it?

I get asked that question a lot: How did the Oscar change my life? What it did was that it gave me a new reality. And it let me know that an award wasn’t going to change my life — that I had to be in control of changing my life. I’ll ask you: How do you think the Oscar was supposed to change my life?

THR: That it made everyone respect you more — that you’re not a comic who acts but an Oscar-winning dramatic actress. A force to be contended with.

And how else do you think it should have changed?

THR: More choices, everyone offering you parts?

What else do you think it should’ve changed? (Laughs.) You know what I’m looking for.

THR: I’m not sure — that it made you happier?

Do you think it should have changed things financially?

THR: Yes.

See? “Yes.” What I understood was that when I won that Oscar, things would change in all the ways you’re saying: It should come with more respect, more choices and more money. It should, and it normally does. Hattie said, “After I won that award, it was as if I had done something wrong.” It was the same with me. I thought, once you won the award, that’s the top prize — and so you’re supposed to be treated as if you got the top prize.

I got a phone call from Lee Daniels maybe six or seven months ago. And he said to me, “Mo’Nique, you’ve been blackballed.” And I said, “I’ve been blackballed? Why have I been blackballed?” And he said, “Because you didn’t play the game.” And I said, “Well, what game is that?” And he gave me no response. The next thing he said to me was, “Your husband is outbidding you.” But he never asked me what [salary] we were asking for. You know, my husband [actor and producer Sidney Hicks] and I had to change things so we wouldn’t have to depend on [others]. So we do it independently. We’re very proud of taking the independent route, and we have a movie coming out on April 24 called Blackbird.

THR: What do you think Lee meant when he said that?

That I was blackballed?

THR: And that your husband was “outbidding you.” What was he referring to?

You know what I learned? Never to think what somebody else was thinking. That’s a question you would have to ask Lee Daniels.* There have been people that have said, “Mo’Nique, she can be difficult. Mo’Nique and her husband can be difficult.” They could probably be right. One of the networks said to [Lee] that I was “really difficult to work with.” And I said, “Well, that’s funny, because I’ve never even worked with them, but OK.”

Whoever those people are who say, “Mo’Nique is difficult,” those people are either heartless, ruthless or treat people like they’re worthless. And that’s unacceptable. They’re set to say, “Mo’Nique is tactless, she’s tacky.” That’s why I have my beautiful husband, because he’s so full of tact, ’cause I’m a girl from Baltimore. I come from a blue-collar town — and being from that place, you learn not to let anybody take advantage of you. You don’t let people mistreat you. You stand up for what’s right.

So I can’t answer why he said I was blackballed. There may be people that feel that way about me. But I respect everyone, from the homeless brother and sister on the street to the executive that sits in the highest office named President Barack Obama. I respect everyone — but we over-respect no one.

THR: Did he approach you about maybe being on his hit Fox show Empire?

Well, actually, I was offered the role in The Butler that Oprah Winfrey played. I was also approached by Empire to be on Empire. And I was also offered the role as Richard Pryor‘s grandmother in [Daniels’ upcoming Pryor biopic]. Each of those things that he offered me was taken off the table. (Laughs.) They all just went away. But that’s just part of the business, you know? I can’t be upset at anybody, ’cause life is too good. It’s just what it is.

THR: But you were interested, and the offers suddenly evaporated?

For each of the roles, [Lee] called me. He’s always approached me first, and I’m appreciative of it, because I think he is one of the most brilliant visionaries in writing and directing. I’ll say this: Whenever you do see me on TV again, or in the movies, you’ll know somebody played me fairly. People say to me sometimes, “Mo’Nique, you’re trying to be a mogul.” It’s like, honey, by no meansam I trying to be a mogul — because mogul stands for “money obsessed guys (or girls), usually lonely.” (Laughs.) I don’t want to be a lonely mogul. No.

THR: What about your planned Hattie McDaniel biopic?

In having my conversations with Hattie McDaniel, you know what she said? “Mo’Nique, my story’s already been told. There needs to be a new story told.” So all I’ll do right now is wink my eye to you over the phone when I say that. (Laughs.)

*Lee Daniels issued this statement to The Hollywood Rerporter in response:

“Mo’nique is a creative force to be reckoned with. Her demands through Precious were not always in line with the campaign. This soured her relationship with the Hollywood community. I consider her a friend. I have and will always think of her for parts that we can collaborate on. However, the consensus among the creative teams and powers thus far were to go another way with these roles.”

 

Source: The Hollywood Reporter IMDb

 

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  1. ceej313
    #1 ceej313 21 February, 2015, 10:31

    I’m not a fan of hers…due to mainly, like it was stated in the article, making obese and overweight women think it was okay to be that way and hating on “skinny bitches”. Who knows how many folks died due to her promoting that mindset? The worst thing is, after she made her money, when she saw that she needed to loose the weight, she didn’t even go on-record and apologize for encouraging obesity.

  2. supervince
    #2 supervince 21 February, 2015, 15:31

    What were these demands Monique made that nobody in Hollywood is willing to fulfill? If she is blackballed then Lee Daniels did it to her.

  3. privatis
    #3 privatis 21 February, 2015, 21:20

    Mo’nique’s quote from the interview: “, ’cause I’m a girl from Baltimore. I come from a blue-collar town — and being from that place, you learn not to let anybody take advantage of you. You don’t let people mistreat you. You stand up for what’s right.”

    That could be interpreted as “keepin’ it real” and suggest that she has an attitude.

    On the other hand I gather that “playing the game” refers to a situation of quid pro quo where the actors may feel that they are contracted to do more than they feel compensated for. The problem is , I gather, that if the majority of actors are yielding to a bit of exploitation then those who do not conform are ostracized.

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