Now That Mo’Nique Has Lost All The Weight, Will She Still Be Funny?

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May 16, 2013 ‐ By Charing Ball
Source: Hot 97

Source: Hot 97

Am I the only one not surprised that Mo’Nique ended up losing weight?

Not that I was banking or placing odds about her personal appearance either way but rather acknowledging the delicious irony of The lady doth protest too much…” And there was no bigger proponent of the fat girl fabulous gospel than Big Mo. It’s a sentiment that Mo’Nique has written extensively about in her New York Times Bestseller Skinny Women Are Evil: Notes from a Big Girl in a Small-minded World as well as her equally successful, high-calorie cookbook, entitled Skinny Cooks Can’t Be Trusted, which featured “foods with flavor, from chocolate and cream to sugar and butter and everything in between.”

In fact, a huge part of her schtick as a comedienne and an entertainer was her appeal to a niche but rather large (I swear to God, on second reading, this is not a pun) market: the big girls. Whether you were a big girl or happened to be an admirer of the big girl body, She was pretty, sassy, funny and mostly importantly comfortable and confident in her skin. Behind the joke was an inspiration message. She could talk humorously about big girl love, relationships, sex appeal and even sex without being self-deprecating.

Remember the film Phat Girlz? Or the television show “Fat Chance”? What about the all plus size version of Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love”? Mo’Nique even had a brand slogan called F.A.T., which was an acronym for Fabulous And Thick. Heck, I remember that the only reason folks were still tuning in to the later episodes of “It’s Showtime At the Apollo” was to see what fabulous big girl getup Mo’Nique was rocking. Her overall brand as a comedienne was about daringly standing in the face of the single narrative of what was beautiful and healthy. And in some ways, she was a militant, fat acceptance fighter, as suggested in this 2006 article in Salon, where the breakout star of the show “The Parkers” even had offered up some less than supportive advice to former “The View” co-host Star Jones, who had rumored to undergone weight-loss surgery: “What I say to those beautiful women is, come on back! Be healthy, but come on home! Don’t be afraid of that big juicy steak with that baked potato and sour cream, baby, on top of it! That is heaven!”

But now the comedienne turned actress and television personality has lost an impressive 82 pounds. Instead of big juicy steaks and bake potatoes with all the fixings, Mo’Nique now only pigs out on a mostly vegan diet (with occasional fish) and she has also started a regular exercise regiment too. Not to mention that she looks great. In most circumstances a healthier Mo’Nique would be commended however you do have to wonder what she’ll joke about now that she is no longer F.A.T?

Last night on a humbug, I watched the last one-hour comedy special she did called Mo’nique: I Coulda Been Your Cellmate! I haven’t seen Mo’Nique’s standup routine in a long time, so I needed a refresher about her overall comedy style outside of the F.A.T. Brand. I have to say, outside of the constant screaming of “yasss!” there really wasn’t much that makes Mo’Nique stand apart material-wise. In fact, without the big girl brand, it would be hard to distinguish her from a number of funny yet non-household named black female comedians like Leslie Jones, Big Roz or even her two Queens of Comedy cast mates Sommore and Sheryl Underwood. This lack of comedic individuality is something I also noticed during her brief stint as late night talk show host on the BET network where without the defiant, big girl attitude her monologues were pretty dry and lackluster.

Generally speaking any type of extreme weight change can have an effect on one’s career. It was true of Kirstie Alley, who very public battle with weight held more of our public attention than her actual acting career. And it held true for Jennifer Hudson, who despite not ever declaring an alliance to Team Chunk, drew the ire of folks, who saw her weight loss as some sort of betrayal to the body acceptance movement. During her rise Mo’Nique’s jokes about skinny women were hilarious, not because they were necessarily bust-a-gut funny but because it spit in the face of what is considered normal in society. Many of us, who struggled with not only weight issues but other body acceptance issues applauded her success. Clearly this is not the message anymore. Instead Big Mo is championing women to get healthy. Nothing wrong with that. People evolve on personal choices and philosophies every day. However, branding is another thing. it will be interesting to see where Mo’Nique’s career goes now that she is just an average, skinny evil woman.

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  • Is It 5:00 Yet?

    People evolve everyday. I was like Monique at first and thought that eating everything in sight was fine. Now, I’m working on losing weight and getting into shape like she is.

  • Ladydi82

    Being happy and healthy is good..Monique will ALWAYS be funny because she is a natural comedian…she looks great…

  • Anonymoose

    Her head has not caught up with her body in slimming down!

    • Bumbling Black Man

      I didn’t want to seem mean, but that’s exactly what I was thinking to myself when I first saw the pic! Glad she is healthier now, but most importantly, I’m glad she is happy!

  • Guest360

    I applaud anyone who chooses to be healthy and do the work that needs to be done to get there. My problem is Monique herself. I never found her comedy or her “brand” funny. I’m all for self-acceptance but not at the expense of others and that’s exactly what she did. She built a brand encouraging people to be unhealthy and flat out mean to “skinny b*tches” for the simple fact that they were skinny! I still take offense to that. Again, I applaud her fight to be healthy but we’ll see what her talent has to offer now that her “schtick” is no longer relevant to her.

  • FromUR2UB

    She looks really good! Cute, even. She even has more of a chest now. The odd thing is that as big as she was, she didn’t have much up there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kisha.jones.35 Kisha Jones

    She looks great! We have to start supporting and complementing our own more. How is her weight loss compromising her talent? Even so your health is far more important than your career. Mo comes off very insecure to me, though she may hide it well through jokes and pretending to love her plus size curves. I hope her new look builds her confidence up. So many criticize over weight celebs but when they lose it we criticize for that. Lets be happy for each other she looks awesome and healthy. I bet her hubby don’t want an open marriage now lol jk.

  • Tehani

    Being funny is a personality trait, not a body trait.

  • Tiga

    She is 218 lbs and want to go down to 190lbs is that being skinny? According to doctoras that is still overweight so I don’t see how her losing weight makes her a skinny girl and therefore less credible in what she is saying because unless she loses weight to be under 170 maybe she is still F.A.T more thick than obese but thick nonetheless. So whats the point of the article really?

    • Tehani

      There is no such thing as ‘thick’ when it comes to bodies.

  • NatashaDecemberBabyThomas

    Now that’s a dumb question right there, what her weight loss have to do with her talent? Plus she looks good now.

    • Guest360

      When her talent was based on mocking skinny girls, it has a lot to do with it lol. Just sayin’.

  • Nope

    When was she ever funny?

    • Laine

      I love Monique…., I think she was the best Showtime at the Apollo host…:-)

    • where they do that at?

      never found her funny either she always made fun of her weight and others weight and being fat…just doesnt appeal to me i guess

  • kierah

    In my Tamar voice: She DID that!

  • Kenedy

    I never found her skinny jokes funny to begin with…..so she’ll just have to find new material. She looks good though.

  • SheBe

    *JAW DROPPED! She looks amazing!