On February 7, a headline appeared online on the Drudge Report saying, “Mo’Nique went from Oscar winner to Hollywood pariah — can she bounce back?” The Drudge Report is reported to be seen by hundreds of millions of people each month. Recently, Mo’Nique has been candid about her frustrations with the business side of show business. There are various layers to her concerns.
48 hours after that Drudge Report headline, we were with Mo’Nique in person at the SLS Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, where the actress currently has a residency at the Sayers Club. Her show is called Mo’Nique Does Vegas. Doing what she has done best for most of her career, the comedian is making audiences laugh. Her Las Vegas show is not for the easily offended. She is also making Las Vegas history as the first black female comedian to have a residency. See our photo with her above at the Sayers Club.
Mo’Nique marches to the beat of her own drum. But one thing that cannot be denied, the people who show up to her show and have followed her career know that it has not always been an easy road for her. But her fans and followers have loyally stood by her, even in this moment of challenge when it might appear that it is Mo’Nique against the rest of the show business world. Oh, and the comedian does not call her supporters fans, she calls them her family.
Since winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress at the 2010 Academy Awards, for her role in Precious, Mo’Nique says her career prospects have been more challenging instead of easier. According to her, after deciding not to go on an international press tour for the movie Precious, she was portrayed as difficult. She states that she honored her contract for the movie and that without compensation to go around the world to promote the film, she decided to spend time with her family.
Throughout the last year, she has been vocal about her displeasure with Netflix’s offer for her to do a comedy special, specifically when compared to what other comedians have received. She says she received a $500,000 offer and that there was no room to negotiate with Netflix. That situation led to a segment on The View where she had some differences of opinion with fellow Academy Award winning actress and comedian Whoopi Goldberg. And that is where the story stands at this moment.
For now, Mo’Nique is making people laugh in Las Vegas. Her speaking up about her dissatisfactions with Hollywood will continue and she believes though it may take time for more people to get it, she has faith that her perspective will become more accepted and that could lead to change in the industry.
To get a better understanding of what we have mentioned above, we recommend listening to this almost 40 minute CYInterview with Mo’Nique, below. You can also read some of the highlights below, as well.