Lookie Here, Lenard: Mo’nique Appears On ‘The Breakfast Club’ To Dispute Her ‘Donkey Of The Day’ Title
You may recall a few months ago when comedian Mo’nique took to social media in a call-to-action for her fans to boycott streaming-giant Netflix for exhibiting what she believes is racism and sexism. In the Instagram video the celebrated actress and comedian who received an Academy Award for her role in Precious explains that Netflix low balled her in a comedy special offer of $500,000 and says it’s unfair that comedians like Amy Shumer who doesn’t have nearly as much work to her credit was initially offered $11 million to appear in a Netflix special. Since then Mo’nique has repeatedly referred to herself as a “legend” and she shares that although Netflix says they feel the same way about her work, they still wouldn’t offer her the $20 million that black male comedians such as Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle were offered.
Although Mo’nique did get plenty of support from fans who stated she has a few points when it comes to inequality in the entertainment industry, many fans refused to boycott Netflix and were quick to accuse Monique of using the momentum of social justice movements like #MeToo to draw attention to her personal stumbles in the industry, which many say were brought on by her bad attitude and poor business management on the part of her husband/manager Sidney Hicks. Charlamagne Tha God soon joined fans in giving Monique the side-eye and soon gave Mo’ the “Donkey of the Day” title, a segment in which the host selects a person who has recently taken a major “L” and quickly roasts them for their failures. Mo’nique didn’t take to kindly to the title, and recently visited the morning show along with Hicks (who shared his views via phone) to defend her stance.
Mo’nique repeatedly calls Charlamagne by his government name “Lenard” and recalls the time they first met in an elevator when upon first impression she thought of the host as “full of humility and respect”. She goes on to explain that she felt the “Donkey of the Day” title was disrespectful to her as a black woman and does a disservice to the community by giving black men a platform to disrespect black women:
“What you’re saying to the community is, as Black women, you’re devalued. And if you stand up and you make a stand and you say ‘We need equality’ and we have to say what’s right and what’s fair. And then a brother that looks like me from South Carolina [says] that ‘[I’m] the Donkey of the Day,’ you [Charlamagne] have to explain that to the community.”
At one point, the Almost Christmas actress goes on to compare the host to a character in Birth of a Nation:
“You know what, brotha? You’re going to hear yourself a lot from me lately. You’re going to hear yourself around the world. We have to explain brothas like you, we do. And, when we watched that movie Birth of a Nation and we saw that man walk his wife into that master’s house, we watched him walk his wife in. Then we watched him go back and get ’em— you’re that brotha.”
Some fans came to Mo’nique’s defense saying her appearance on the show is just the latest in demeaning, belittling interviews lead by the co-host America loves to hate, particularly after Charlamagne has received criticism for past interviews with celebrities such as Amara La Negra and Janet Mock which fans have labeled as “insulting” at best.
In all honesty, Mo’nique lost me after referring to her husband/manager as “Daddy” publicly. It’s like hearing nails on a chalkboard. While she makes some interesting points about inequality in Hollywood, I’m not sure if those issues apply to her situation specifically. Lastly, while I get that Charlamagne’s interview style can be extremely questionable at times, I don’t get how a “legend” is this pressed about receiving a “Donkey of the Day” title.
Do you think this interview was a good look for Mo’, or did it just kick your side-eye into high gear? You can check out her appearance on The Breakfast Club in it’s entirety below: