“Sometimes Artists Get In Their Own Way” Lee Daniels Talks Mo’Nique Being Blackballed

February 26, 2015  |  

Source: CNN

This story about Mo’Nique being blackballed in the industry keeps getting bigger and bigger. But one voice we’ve haven’t heard yet is that of the man who made the original comment. Well, Lee Daniels sat down with CNN’s Don Lemon to address that and also the very heart wrenching scene where Luscious throws a young Jamal into the trash can.

See what he had to say and then watch the full interview below.

Don Lemon: She says that she was blackballed after the movie.

No, she said that I said that she was blackballed. I didn’t say that exactly. What I said to her was–we were on the campaign and she was making unreasonable demands. And she wasn’t thinking…This is when reverse racism, I think, happens. I said, you know, you have to thank the producers of the film. You have to thank the studio and I think she didn’t understand that. I said listen, people aren’t going to respond well if you don’t.

I love her and I’ve spoken to her and she’s brilliant. And I like working with brilliant people. But sometimes artists get in their own way…I know I certainly do, often. I have my own demons.

I think that there were demands that were made from her on the Precious campaign that everyone knows about, that hurt her. And I told her that.

Can she change that?

I mean, if she plays ball! You’ve gotta play ball. This is not just show, it’s show business. And you’ve got to play ball. And you can’t scream–I don’t like calling the race card. I don’t believe in it. Because if I buy into it, then it becomes real.

Some people would say that you’re a sell-out for that mentality 

I guess I’m a sell out then. Call it what it is. But I’m not going to not work and I’m not going to not tell my truth and I’m not going to not call people out on their bull. So whatever that means, sell out… I’ll see you in the theaters.

Lee Daniels has been very open and honest about how Jamal’s character and the struggles he goes through are very indicative of the traumatic experiences he’s had in his own life being a gay, Black man.

On the scene where Luscious throws Jamal in the trash

I had no intention [of putting the scene in the show]. I told my partner this–and that’s why we’re a great team–I told him this in passing. And then when it ended up in the script, I said ‘No, no. No, no.’  And some kind of way he just talked me into it. And then it came time to shoot it–and he ain’t shooting it, I’m shooting it. And it’s my life.– And so my sister who I bring along, as a good luck charm on all my films, was an extra in the scene, in that particular scene, and when it came to the kid walking towards Terrence, with his hands on his hips, I couldn’t direct the scene. I broke down in tears. Because I just… And my sister instinctively knew, got up and directed the kid. So I didn’t direct that moment. My sister did. Who ain’t a director. Painful!

 

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  • S. Johnson

    Is this the same Lee Daniels, who after he did not receive “Best Director” and other Academy awards, go and pout about it? I can vividly recall him and his fan club being upset on Hollywood’s blackball of him. He needs to encourage Monique, and just “Let it go”

  • david lee wilkerson

    She wasn’t blackball. Oprah got her roles and why wasn’t she in “The Help”.

  • AndriaB

    Lee needs to stop doing interviews and stop
    talking period. Just stay behind the scenes and collect your checks
    because, whether intentional or not, he is constantly offending the
    audience that he needs to make his projects successful. He was already on
    my list for the welfare office comment. Daniels lost me completely here
    when he brought reverse racism into this. Want to talk about the Hollywood game
    and how Mo was not willing to play ball? Fine. Want to talk about
    her making unreasonable demands? Fine. But, when he accused her of
    being a racist, that was a straight up Tom move designed to further ingratiate
    him into the (white) establishment of Hollywood. Period. It
    was not necessary for him to bring that element into this discussion. It
    was a sellout move, point blank. Then he goes on to say that he won’t
    play the race card. But, he is certainly willing to play the gay card,
    especially in chastisement of blacks. He stated he wants Empire to
    “blow the lid off homophobia in the AA community.” Blacks..under..bus.
    Maybe for his next project, he can blow the lid off of racism in the lgbt
    community. Wait for it.

  • fontane

    now, we have fags telling us what 2 watch and dont watch, i send my kids outside, this tv is getting ridiculous, cant even be a christian without getting bashed these day, whats next marry our dogs and cat’s

  • fontane

    wow, did this man/want 2 a be woman say, sell out?, see you in the movies?, damn i rather be a bum on the streets and struggle b4 another man take my man hood, even though your struggling on the streets dont make u less than a man, wow these chumps give their man hood up for money and fame, keep that my man, im doing just fine///WOW

  • KingJames

    Monique lost me when she showed up at the Oscars WITHOUT SHAVING HER LEGS! and then threw ALL BLACK WOMEN under the bus and said it was a cultural thing! Wait, what? Although I do have some girlfriends that do not shave their legs the VAST MAJORITY of the black women I know do in fact shave. It’s a personal preference, which is fine. But I don’t need her dragging all of us into that category with her! Also, she is loud and annoying and if she said , “BAABEEY”, one more time ….. If you are employed, you are playing the game to some degree. We all have the right to “not play the game” and if that is your choice, you also have to suffer the repercussions. I bet Lisa Bonet doesn’t “play the game” and certainly her career has suffered for it, but you don’t hear her crying about it. IJS.

  • Diana

    I think Monique did get in her own way; you could actually see her head getting bigger and instead of being thankful she became thoughtless. So if her career is on ice that is her fault. I am not spending my money to see people like that.

  • wizegirl06

    I feel like that statement “plays the game” means do whatever your told. I remember working in the hospital and my boss told me that I should “play the game”, I told her maybe she has to play the game but I don’t, I will not be stuck at this hospital for ever. I do not see why this was made such a big deal.

    • Tati

      I have to disagree with you. Play the game means beat the person at their own game. People fail to realize that life is unfair and will never be equal. So yes at first you may have to do things you don’t want to do. However,iIn the beginning you do what you’re told and expected while building yourself up higher than your opponent to where you can now change things and they’re gonna be needing and wanting you. The thing about Hollywood is that you know they don’t play fairly. So if you’re not gonna play the game yourself, don’t even bother checking it out. When I left one of my jobs a co worker gave me a piece of advice for the next place. She said keep your mouth shut and your ears wide open. I took that advice and within a couple of years I was a manager at that place while staying true to myself. I just realized you don’t always have to talk and stand up for everything.

  • sha

    My side-eye at Lee Daniels has been officially confirmed. Funny we demonize Tyler for Madea but what about this dude right here…hmmm! Yup, they slipped him right in on us as we were distracted by the shucking and jiving masked as something harmless and entertaining.

  • thai73

    What I find funny is that his own experience in is family say that the black community is against homosexuality. The true fact is that his father was abusive and no one is his family did anything about it. My brother us to try on my mother’s clothes and no one through him in the garbage. I have two son’s and my oldest when he was 13 use to try on my clothes and I did not think anything of it…..I thought it was hilarious and my youngest one like to try on my heels (no biggie). Guest what they are not gay. If they were gay, they will have the same rules when around children as non-gay people. No kissing, feeling on each other, no crazy actions in front of children, period. I don’t do it and I expect those around me when in the presence of children not to do it.

  • Tillmann Puschka

    Well, race is real, and it is ugly- even when one chooses to deny that fact of life in America or elsewhere. However, that doesn’t mean that films must depict black characters in negative stereotypical roles that conform to racial/racist constructs- there are plenty of positive and very attractive roles, both fictional and non-fictional, that black actors like Monique could be cast in. Now, do her physique and demeanor affect her ability to land such roles in mainstream productions? Certainly- Hollywood overwhelmingly prefers black women like Thandie Newton or Halle Berry for films meant to appeal to general audiences. This is where black filmmakers must step up to the plate and do two things: 1) engage actresses like Monique who are talented but who cannot satisfy Hollywood’s beauty standards for black women, and 2) do research and cast them in major roles that tell positive, mainstream inspirational stories about black women. In addition to all the strong historical black female figures who beat the tremendous odds to become successful, there are also currently scores of black women in real life, all over the world, who are top scientists, pilots, doctors, lawyers, and professors- all of whom most people have never heard. Black filmmakers are the ones who need to tell their stories, and they can hire on black actresses like Monique to help them.

  • Bmore Jake

    So he’s saying racism is only real if you believe in it? When white people win oscars, they make unreasonable demands, and they get their demands met, because they won an oscar and hollywood respects them for that. But, when a black person win a oscar and make unreasonable demands, they don’t get their demands met, they get blackballed. They stop being offered decent roles, because once white hollywood see that a black person is talented enough to take a halfway decent role and turn it into a oscar winner, they won’t give u anything near decent again, in fear of u repeating that success. Lee Daniels has a Uncle Tom mentality, but to each his own…he’s a gay black man in hollywood…hell he’s a gay black man in this world, he’s gotta do what he’s gotta do to make it…he can’t be too picky and he can’t start biting the hands that feeds him…it is what it is!

  • jabroni

    niglos are soo silly!

    • Guest

      And saltines trolls are soo stupid!

  • Soul60

    Wonder why so many black women seem to think this one and tyler perry are so successful and great.They must have special instructions on how to shoe,shine and tap dance for these phonies who control this twisted,racist hollyweird stuff.

  • Soul60

    ?? A vast of ?? are basically suckers for these racist,phonies who control the media on a large scale. ?? love to get all excited over some media pawn in the game everytime they push some phony trend on ???.Overall,glad I do not watch the non-sense.
    fox network has never been no real friend of ??? .

  • mizziemac3

    Mr. Daniels is living his life in “darkness” so he see his personal views as his truth, we as viewer of anyone’s movies, programs etc, if they are not pleasing to us back away from them , don’t support them, and don’t give up your greens to support “the dark side” When Precious was out I watched it once (on bootleg) then threw it away…… I hated it , just don’t support him!

  • Alinxz

    Monique said it herself that she was not about promoting the movie ( was more willing/receptive to do so if she was compensated). This in addition, to not thanking the producers etc were of her in doing its not to saw she was a newbie in the industry when precious came out so she knew the parameters she was working with and chose her own path and as a consequence she would have to accept the consequences.

  • Eri Cad

    Wow, there is so much shade being thrown in this comments section its looking like a solar eclipse

    • roxy

      What does this even mean, ‘shade’? Do ya’ll ever tire of those Housewives expressions?
      Just say what you mean….*sheesh*

      • Eri Cad

        Actually its a colloquialism used in the gay male community and “what did I mean by it?” I meant there don’t seem to be many fans of Lee Daniels in this comments section judging by negativity in several comments

        • roxy

          Thank you for that. However, why does it have to be ‘shade’ because people are not fans of Lee Daniels? I’ve also read comments from some that are not fans of Monique. The term ‘shade’ sounds more like someone who is jealous or envious and I don’t think if fits this situation.

          • Eri Cad

            Some of the people in this comments section just might be jealous or envious of Lee Daniels. I don’t think anything is wrong with not caring for Lee Daniels or anyone else but some of the comments “He’s an angry and arrogant queen” “or is he a pedo?” are just straight up derogatory. 1Val says there is something about Lee Daniels that she just doesn’t like thats fair. I don’t agree with her comment but shes entitled to her opinion folks using their outrage or dislike for him as an excuse to take jabs at his sexual orientation gives me pause

            • roxy

              You are going to find comments like that no matter where you. What I do is I chew the meat and spit out the bones. I must say, one thing about 1Val is she posts with logic even if you don’t agree with her opinion. She does it in a tactful way. There are many others who do also, and I enjoy conversing with them because it never gets personal when we disagree. There are those however I avoid like the plague because I know where it is going to go….lol

  • hollyw

    “Well, Lee Daniels sat down with CNN’s Don Lemon…”

    Had to stop right there. Skimmed down and saw “sell-out” and “race card”…couldn’t even do it to myself.

    …but just one thing: you ‘don’t like’ to play the “race card” <- completely manufactured term used defensively by white people, but you don't seem to have a problem throwing out the gay one, and what being black has to do with that, though, huh..?

    Officially un-fanned.

  • heyheyno

    Reverse Racism? I need some clarification is he saying Monique was being racist?

  • Jim

    Her weight is the reason why her career has been put on hold. There is no demand for fat, black women in Hollywood, except in movies like Precious, which was not a money-maker, so don’t count on seeing other movies like it getting made

    • Swaggerd

      DING! DING! DING! And today’s winner for the correct answer is… Jim!! Give him a round of applause ladies an gentlemen.

    • Anthony Alexander

      Actually the woman who played Precious has been working steadily since the movie. American horror story, that bank robbing movie and now Empire. And she is fat and black. Fact is Mo’nique didn’t play the game. Jennifer Lawrence is a mediocre actress at best but she gets work and wins awards because she plays the game very well and is so damn likable. Same thing for Lupita.

  • Tati

    I knew there was more to the story. I think this is what Sheryl Lee Ralp was trying to bring out in her interview. First off, even if Lee did tell her she was blackballed, she should never had said anything because it would have put him in a tough spot. It’s kinda like giving a close co worker a heads up that she’s on the chopping block of losing her job . You’d be angry if that co worker went to the boss and said “Suzy told me you wanna fire me”. You don’t blow that person’s spot up after they were trying to look after your interest. I kinda felt like Monique did that. But the problem is everyone is dancing around the questions when they need to just give a direct answer at this point because it’s out and the damage is already done. I totally understand what Monique was saying about it being about the performance and not the politics of promoting the movie. But the it’s not her movie. You were invited to be in the project, so you need to promote it the way they want to. When you put money into making your own film you can set your own rules. But even then people still may be heseitant to work with you.

  • Nic Nice

    It’s all entertainment like…love or hate….

  • FLYw/oWINGS

    I too really like Monique, but I also wondered why she was not doing interviews nor promoting the movie “Precious.” This is something that all the actors seem to be doing
    or have done. When Lee Daniels said this is “show business” he is absolutely correct. Unless you own your own business, you most certainly have to play by the rules of the company you work for, if not you too will find yourself not working there. You don’t go on a job and tell the boss what you will or won’t do, you abide by the rules or be terminated.

    Instead of Monique standing tall and doing interviews and promoting her movie, “she chose
    to bend and change the rules” which landed her on the outside at her own doing. She missed out on an opportunity to prove all the naysayers wrong. She could have went out and did the best job ever in the entire history of the oscar awards. Most of us were proud that she
    made it and we would have stood behind her in her endeavors and supported her. It is okay to toot your own horn, but never drown out the sound of the people cheering for you!

  • FLYw/oWINGS

    I too really like Monique, but I also wondered why she was not doing interviews nor promoting the movie “Precious.” This is something that all the actors seem to be doing
    or have done. When Lee Daniels said this is “show business” he is absolutely correct. Unless you own your own business, you most certainly have to play by the rules of the company you work for, if not you too will find yourself not working there. You don’t go on a job and tell the boss what you will or won’t do, you abide by the rules or be terminated.

    Instead of Monique standing tall and doing interviews and promoting her movie, “she chose
    to bend and change the rules” which landed her on the outside at her own doing. She missed out on an opportunity to prove all the naysayers wrong. She could have went out and did the best job ever in the entire history of the oscar awards. Most of us were proud that she
    made it and we would have stood behind her in her endeavors and supported her. It is okay to toot your own horn, but never drown out the sound of the people cheering for you!

  • jean

    so if Monique talks about the limitations of being black in Hollywood, she’s playing the race card. so I guess we should just dismiss any observations he has on being gay in America as playing the gay card? it’s a 2 way street and if he can’t support black women in their struggles why in the world should we support him in his ?

  • Mr T

    No no no, the real reason no one will hire Mo’Nique is because she can’t spell Monique!!!

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  • 972

    Wow, the guys speaks the truth based on his own first-hand observations and b/c it doesn’t fit with the “blame everyone else” mentality, he gets torn to shreds in the comments. Brutal.

    • Guest

      This is what my comment on top was about and what you’re missing with my point. I understand defending yourself ’cause she brought him into this, so him speaking out makes sense; What doens’t make sense, is HIM bringing up race, especially when SHE didn’t. She even went so far as to admit that she has some culpability in this (which is rare for the hollywood types) in the first initial post, and guess what? In that thread she got roasted in the comment section for her wrongdoings. EVEN MN had to go sor far as to write a second article to defend ONE of her positions (not campaigning for the Oscar), which kind of redeemed how I and some others felt about that point initially. But for Lee Daniels to be doing backflips, and talking about “reverse racism” (no such thing), “I don’t see racism in hollywood” (ludicrous) and I don’t care if I get called an “uncle tom” (pathetic)–as well as the fact this wasn’t M’Onique’s premise in the FIRST place–is VERY telling.

      IMPO, someone behind the scenes advised him to defend himself (using semantics), and to get ahead of this IN CASE black people start questioning if maybe this was SOLELY about race. This tells me, Daniels will do ANYTHING (throwing M’Onique under the bus with this race angle) to hold on to his position. And that to me, severely highlights, even rich black elites, have 0 POWER in hollywood–All that glitters isn’t gold.

      • JustSayin!!

        All Lee did here – in his response – is protect his intrest$$. Bottom line: for whatever reason MoNique’ is NOT getting work in H’wood, Lee IS (and the two don’t correlate)!! He’d be stupid not to get in front of this to protect both his pro$pect$ and a$$et$. Race is the subtext here – the real story is promoting and protecting the brand that pays you AND creates wider doors for you to venture into. Yes, certain roles remain a challenge for “dark skinned” folks especially – that’s part of the game. You can either grab a picket sign and protest the game or get in it and change the game to the advantage of your people which Lee, Oprah, and Tyler have successfully been able to do.

        • Guest

          I’m not oppose to Lee (or anybody else put in that position) defending himself, I’m just opposed TO HOW he did it–It was pathetic. Clearly, he’s not a public speaker, so his attempts with using semantics, not outright explaining what “the hollywood game is” and his bizarre “reverse racism” quip and boot licking white hollywood comes accross as desperate and powerless. He could have had a powerful moment had he been more upright in explaining the politics behind all of this (most people get it), and not throwing M’Onique under the bus with this “reverse racism”, racist hollywood doesn’t exist bull. He’s a great screenwriter, producer and director, but a horrible public speaker. He failed miserabely–hence the adverse reaction you’re seeing here.

  • 972

    I suppose I don’t get the criticism. What did he say that was wrong?

    • Yvette

      I don’t get it either 972 and the attacks on him make me sad. It is so juvenile to refer to him as a queen. I wonder if the black folks who call him that know that they are being prejudice will screaming racism? I guess those that do that don’t know that two wrongs will never make it right.

  • R Hugh Sirius

    Blackballed? Must they have a role available for every cow that strolls out of the barn?

  • Sarah

    Uncle Tom

    • 972

      Racist.

      • Kimberly Ginyard

        F you you trash.

        • 972

          Bless you.

  • JustSayin!!

    Don’t quite understand why the uproar!!? All Lee really said is Monique wasn’t down with playing the Hollywood “game”, whatever that means. If the example he used is true (not acknowledging key stakeholders associated with the movie), and that’s a major rule of the “game” – then she lost the “game”. She’s still a great actor, comedienne, and example. Lee is simply just another player in/of the game so, Sistas, don’t throw shade at the player, throw shade at the game!!! He’s no sellout for playing it and she’s not a sellout for refusing to. It’s the same in any business!! Ascending to certain levels is dependent on how successfully you navigate the game, not merit only.

    • 972

      EXACTLY, Just Sayin’

    • Yvette

      You better preach to these folks!!!

  • gapeach0614

    Lee Daniel’s makes a very valid point.

  • Dominique Thompson

    Why are people acting like Monique is some kind of Angel? Why is she able to bring him into this conversation but he makes reference to it and he’s every name under the sun.

    • Ajavee

      I do not get it either Dominique.

    • Libera_Free

      Right I don’t get that. But we all know the tone of most of the comments on here. Sometimes I just read the comments and shake my head.

      • Dominique Thompson

        I think people feel like they can relate to Monique so they are taking her side but like I tell my friend’s son you can be the smartest most talented person in the world if you had a bad attitude ppl will pass you over and work with someone less talented that’s easier to deal with.

        • Safia Fernandez

          I agree with your advice to your friend’s son Dominique. The reality is that does not only happen in Hollywood. It happens EVERYWHERE. I am an HR Specialist and I would never hire someone with a “bad” attitude!

          • Libera_Free

            Right

        • Libera_Free

          I agree, it takes more than just talent.

        • Yvette

          Amen! You know folks with stank attitudes never think it’s them. It’s always everyone else and looking at these comments there are plenty of stank attitudes. I hate the blame game.

  • Kiki

    He is referring to her demands to be paid for award season appearances after Precious. She did not play the game the way it is normally played and that is what has damaged her career.

  • TheZuluKing

    I don’t get the comments. Maybe your love of Monique is clouding your reading comprehension. What Daniels said about Monique is that her actions and her demands have caused her to lose potential work. Again, one of the reasons Monique’s talk show went bye bye is because of her attitude. Stop blaming the messenger.

    • Tee Tee

      Idk about her attitude but her talk show was so boring.

      • JustSayin!!

        Perhaps her attitude had something to do with it

    • Guest

      No one is denying her negative attitude comes with consequences, if you read the comments under her initial thread, they were not favorable.

      I’m just confused about him bringing up race being a factor, when she didn’t.

      • 972

        Read the comments in here…99% of the readers think it’s about race, so he’s just addressing the elephant in the room.

        • Athena

          it’s always been about race in Hollywood.

        • Guest

          Again, the commentators are bringing up race (in response to Lee Daniels), SHE didn’t.

        • hollyw

          So Lee brought up race b/c he read MN commenters had brought it up, then went on Don Lemon to address our concerns, huh..? Is that what happened lol??

          • 972

            Or, Lee used common sense to read between the lines like everyone else has. Take your pick.

    • Ajavee

      I agree ZuluKing I can not wrap my mind around some of the comments on here but anyway I got what Lee Daniels was saying and I agree with him.

      • Libera_Free

        Me either, it seemed pretty plain. This is not a race issue when black folk are not working with her either. I don’t see Tyler Perry knocking at her door and he is known for reviving people’s careers. She has an attitude problem and needs to adjust it.

        • Ajavee

          Exactly some people are just being persnickety that’s all.

    • BBC4ME

      I don’t understand all the fuss. I’m sure Mo’Nique has been blackballed numerous times. ooo aaahhh…

  • fromanotherplanet

    I’m just sitting here, sipping my tea and trying to understand why thanking the producers who PRODUCED YOUR MOVIE, and going on the Oscar campaign trail to promote buzz for YOUR MOVIE is considered being a sell-out and working for the man. I’m just trying to understand *sips*

    • 972

      You’ll be sitting there a long time. This is on Monique, plain and simple.

    • hollyw

      It wasn’t MoNique’s movie; it was Lee’s and the whoever backed the money for it. She asked to be paid to promote; they didn’t so she didn’t. She won anyway. Does that make sense to you?

      A lot of actors don’t promote, I.e. “play ball” and still get work. I don’t think you’re seeing the big picture. And I also wouldn’t be surprised if by “everybody in Hollywood”, Lee really just means himself, since Precious was his, the Butler was his, and Empire is his, and all the works she had roles in that supposedly dried up are all of his!! Lol smh…

  • bettie

    Reverse Racism? I’m confused about what she did that was actually racist? Not kissing a$$ in Hollywood?

    This man is showing his a$$ more and more. I will not be supporting him and his pro-republican show.

    • 972

      pro-republican? What???

    • What she did wasn’t racist. I don’t see how Monique was/is confused about why she was blackballed. Monique flat out refused to do any campaigning UNLESS she got paid. And was upfront about it. And campaigning for awards isn’t just about promoting yourself, it brings a lot more awareness and money to the movie. And to add insult to injury, when she won the Oscar, she made it seem like she was all about the performance i.e. she didn’t care about awards…..when she cared about getting paid and that’s why she wouldn’t do any campaigning.

      Campaigning is all about networking and selling yourself. You don’t just go to a Hollywood party and get drunk….you’re meeting producers and studio heads who have a very good chance of hiring you. THAT’S the point. So she basically told all of the studios in Hollywood that she wasn’t a team player. And guess what? They believed her. There’s a reason Gabourey Sidibe is working steadily…..

      • Greg

        THANK YOU Virgilia. At least SOMEONE here “GET’S IT”. I am sitting here reading these comments and they are nothing but black folks incessantly complaining about EVERYTHING. God knows they are damn good at it. You explained Lee’s point exactly. Mo’Nique got black balled because she did not want to put in the work she needed to put in. You do a critically acclaimed film, one which is your first major major break, and you aren’t doing the work you need to do. Yes you going to have to campaign, yes you are going to have to attend these award shows, press conferences, interviews. Yes you are going to have to thank people. Mo’Nique wanted $$ for all of this and that is NOT how the game is played. She missed out on the opportunity and for that she is paying the price.

        • I’m on a few other gossip sites, and when we were talking about this, a commentator stated that she worked as an assistant during Mo’Nique’s Oscar season…and yeah. She said M. was a holy terror that constantly complained and criticized EVERYTHING. She said the assistants would literally scramble because no one wanted to deal with her. Take it with a grain of salt, if you must. I believe it.

          And you can get away with that ^^^^^^, when you are successful and you play ball. She didn’t.

  • MELLWAT

    “If she PLAY ball”..please know and understand..to that “MAN” …We are NOTHING but PIECES in his GAME..I’ll say this one more time…ED MURPHY taught us a LESSON about the GAME in TRADING PLACES…watch and LEARN

    • 972

      This is such an ignorant post.

      • MELLWAT

        We can agree to disagree…word of advice..EVERYTHING IS NOT FOR EVERYBODY…TAKE CARE

        • hollyw

          982 is a race troll.

          • MELLWAT

            Thank you for your insight…but Race Trolls never take me out of my ELEMENT nor stop my TRUTH…take care

          • 972

            hollyw:

            I am absolutely not a race troll. I believe all men and women are created equal, with no exceptions. I blame any number of white and black folks for doing everything they can to maintain racial animosity among those of us who are tired of it. Period. We’re either part of the solution or part of the problem.

        • 972

          mellwat – in fairness, my response to you was harsh. I just wish folks would look a bit deeper than comments like “the man.” In this particular instance, the “man,” is Lee Daniel, a black man.

          • MELLWAT

            My point of mentioning the “MAN” had NOTHING to do with COLOR as much as ACTIONS…the “MAN” in Trading Places did EDDIE AND DAN equally dirty over the only color that ever matters GREEN…you make some vaild points in alot of your post…but always…THINK BEFORE YOU ACT..PEACE

            • 972

              Mellwat – you absolutely have my apologies. I read “race” into your “the man” comment, but you’re correct in your example and conclusion, green is typically the only thing that matters in issues like this.

              • MELLWAT

                We COOL…no more need to be said..peace

  • Momo

    The car y thing about this is I remember when previous came out and I wondered to myself all the time why Monique never did interviews or promo I thought that was strange back then

  • Guest

    Lol! Lee Daniels is running scared. He’s doing EVERYTHING to hold on to his position “Reverse racism”; “I don’t like calling the race card. I don’t believe in it.”; ” Because if I buy into it, then it becomes real.”; “I guess I’m a sell out then. Call it what it is.”–Word!

    Nowhere have I read M’onique say race was the factor, but because she mentioned his with blackballed and hollywood, he’s jumping through hoops now to clear his name.

    Kneegrows ain’t got no back bones.

  • DeepThinker

    If he told her this in confidence and to help then why is he sharing this with the world? Is it that he wants to appease the white people? Or is he feeling guilty because he may have been one of those to turn his back on her? I understand playing the game, but Monique never fingered him publicly about being blackballed.

    • Bronzebeauty

      I think maybe he spoke about it because she did.

    • fromanotherplanet

      Wasn’t she the one who dragged him into this by mentioning him in the article she wrote?? That was disingenuous of Monique too. She was clearly trying to capitalize on the Empire exposure by inserting herself into the situation. She could have told her story without dropping names.

  • lockstress

    Ugh….white folks don’t throw each other in Hollyeird but these black crabs…..SHUT UP LEE DANIELS. Oh…and by the way….The Butler wasn’t all that and I’m sorry….Precious wasn’t either.
    I am seriously concerned about what Hollyweird is doing to people.

    • fromanotherplanet

      Actually, Monique dragged him into this.

      • lockstress

        They’re all messy

      • hollyw

        Yes she did, and I’m glad she left it to him to expose Hollyweird politics, esp. towards blacks, since he so buddy-buddy with everyone but don’t got no power, yet is literally directing half the shows up for Emmys and Oscars right now… =|

        • fromanotherplanet

          And this is why she won’t work in the industry.

          • hollyw

            Lol *shrug* that may be. Seemed like she never asked for the glamour that came with an Oscar bid, anyway. Just wanna play the parts she wants, act her azz off, then go home. I say, let her!

    • GG

      Are you kidding? You really believe that white people stick together in Hollywood? One myth that black people suffer from is the myth that white people all stick together. White people are mean to each other and they sell each other out all of the time. The reason you feel they stick together is because they rarely stick with black people; however, this does not mean that they always support each other.

  • roxy

    He may not have said the word “blackballed”, but this is what he meant. He can ‘t play semantics now……..if that’s what he meant, he should own up to it.

    • 1Val

      A better question is why is Lee Daniels actively doing the most by throwing Monique under the bus?
      Lee’s like the brown noser on everyone jobs ratting out all the co-workers to impress the boss and always, always, always the first to be fired because they have proven they are untrustworthy. Nobody respects a snake.

  • 1Val

    There is something about Lee Daniels I just dislike. From his bashing black women by implying we are responsible for down low black men, to employing women beaters(Terrence Howard), to black exploitation movies(Precious and Empire series displaying black pathology) to shining by trampling a black woman’s reputation is nothing more than modern day cooning. Has this male ever had a positive image of black womanhood in any of his films?

    • roxy

      I don’t understand how he is ‘pushing the envelope’ when this is nothing new in film, TV, etc…especially now. Please somebody explain, seriously.

      • 1Val

        Same ole shixx.
        He just added raisins in it.
        Hopefully, he will crash and burn soon.

        • roxy

          I’mma need you to log off now! LOL!!

      • Latoya

        Cuz he’s got sumthin with gay people in it. You know dem gays luhdem gay stuff. Blehh.

      • thai73

        Because Hollywood thinks it is new to the black community and he is a black man demonizing the black family unit.

    • Guest1

      And all that you wrote is why he will continue to work in hollyweird. And Danny Glover can’t get a movie financed on the Haitian Revolution but we have all these slavery period movies.

      • 1Val

        Until Hollyweird reminds him who and what he is. We have seen this before so called successful black male celebrities disrespecting black women and forgetting they were black too.

        Perhaps he should ask other black male celebrities at apex of their careers before prior to their rude awakenings i.e. Bill Cosby(rape allegations), Michael Jackson (child molestation), Mike Tyson(rape) , Eddie Murphy(transvestite), Muhammad Ali(draft dodger), Clarence Thomas(sexual harassment), OJ Simpson(accused murderer) and others I failed to mention.

        • Athena

          I agree with you, but leave Mahammad Ali off this list he has led a good and honest life and the so called draft dodging issue is a non issue for me and so many other blacks. He refused to fight for a country that treated it’s black citizens the way they were treated and still are. He in my opinion is an American icon, and doesn’t deserve to be put in the same category as the rest. I still have my doubts about Michael Jackson too, but he didn’t do anything to help his situation.

          • Soul60

            It was the sony executive that was shaking down Michael Jackson for the money and the control of that phony beattle music collection.

          • 1Val

            Athena, I so agree with you. I included Ali on my list because he was at pinnacle of his career adored by mainstream until they fell out of favor with him.Ali like Jackson, Tyson and Simpson was arrested, shamed and lost riches. When “they” come for successful black men “they” come to take everything including their earning potential, reputations, wealth, health, sanity, family and freedom.

            The overriding point of my initial post is mainstream has never or ever will have true love for successful black celebrity men. Its a hard climb to the top but a quick fall to shame, disgrace and financial ruin. It behooves Kevin Hart, Lee Daniels and Steve Harvey who are teetering on being sell outs since they have crossed over to be mindful of their cultural l history.

          • 1Val

            Athena, I so agree with you. However, I included Ali on this list because he was at pinnacle of his career until mainstream fell out of favor with him. Like Tyson, Simpson and Jackson he was arrested, humiliated and suffered financial ruin. When “they” decide to come for wealthy black celebrity men they come for it all including their earning potential, riches, sanity, health, reputations, families and freedom.
            It behooves “new age” successful black celebrities males to be mindful they are still in “old Hollywood” which has never had any love for them. So Kevin Hart, Pharrell, Steve Harvey and Lee Daniels cooning ought to be careful and mindful of their cultural history. That’s all I’m saying…

            • 972

              1Val – who exactly is “they”? And, if black men have different views on integrating into the mainstream, that is called cooning? For that matter, what is wrong with integrating into the mainstream?

              • 1Val

                Although, I suspect you are a white bigot haunting this site. I will humor you by answering your facetious questions. “They” are covert racist whites like you who enjoy cultural appropriation of black culture while despising black people. Nothing is wrong with integrating into mainstream culture as long as its not done at the expense and detriment of your race.

                • 972

                  I don’t need humoring, nor am I a racist white bigot. I am a white person who believes there are plenty of folks, white and black, who are so quick to shut down discussions of race that they become part of the problem. I can’t tell where you are yet, but your response certainly has me leaning in a particular direction.

                  My questions were not intended to be facetious. I suspected you meant white people by “they,” but your examples did not back up that assertion. Hence, the question. Tyson was actually saved from the streets by Cus DMato- not that it matters, but he was a white man. .The “snakes”‘Tyson often refers to in the sport were men like Don King and others who were after his money- he didn’t name white folks among them. Don King was his most significant enemy in the sport. If a single event brought him down, it was the rape of Robin Givens, not that it matters, but a black woman.

                  OJ Simpson? How on earth you are blaming his demise of financial ruin on white men (or, anyone other than OJ) is beyond me.

                  Michael Jackson? Sheesh. Killed by drugs given to him by a black man, not that it matters.

                  Are there instances where white people contributed to the ills of black celebrities. Sure, but the examples you gave are reaches at best. If you’d like to chat about this, I’m all ears -‘dialogue is great. If you’re just coming back with name calling and labels, save your keystrokes.

                  • 1Val

                    Get back to me when you can articulate white racism and its negative impact in black lives including those black male celebrities I mention.
                    Until then remain clueless.

                  • GTFOH!

                    You have a warped since of history.

                    Your example at best are reaches.
                    Cus D’Amato did “save” Tyson from the streets.
                    But Tyson was his own worst enemy.
                    He blames Don King for what?
                    Making him over a $100 million?
                    His reasoning was that he didn’t feel Don King should be making so much money off of him.
                    You know why he hasn’t gotten a judgement against King?
                    Because not only did King secure him the highest purses EVER SEEN IN BOXING AT THE TIME but King never took any money from what was stipulated in the contracts to him. His WHITE LAWYERS HAD HIM SIGN THE CONTRACT. He agreed to the terms because NO OTHER WHITE BOXING PROMOTER COULD GET HIM THAT KIND OF MONEY.
                    If he had a problem, he should have sued his advisors.
                    And Tyson did have problems with white “snakes… His trainer Tony Atlas,and Kevin Rooney.

                    Michael Jackson was on record calling the head on Columbia records at the time, Tommy Motolla “a white devil”. His white dentist was the first to hook him on percocet. It was white parents who accused Michael of molesting their white kids. it was the Santa Barbara white D.A. who was hell bent on bringing a case against Jackson even when no evidence besides hearsay was present.

                    OJ Simpson… LMMFAO!!!
                    You white people can’t let that go… LOL!
                    I’ve never seen so many white people be so upset that someone got off with a crime.
                    Not upset about the billions taken from you in that Savings and Loan scandal.
                    Not upset that trillions of dollars where taken from them by banks on mortgages.
                    Not upset about the war crimes committed by the Bush admin. in Iran.
                    Not upset that billions were stolen in Iran by white politicians.

                    No…upset that a black man killed some trash white woman and a waiter….

                    HEAVENS TO BETSEY!!

                    lmmfao!!

                    Stop with that fake bullshit about having “all ears”

      • Latoya

        WORD! How can black people move forward when alllll we doooo isss looookkkk baaaaaack.
        White people make movies about the future and going to space n stuff, our movies are all about our suffering in the past. smh.

        • Soul60

          I do not watch the trash no more

          • Latoya

            ME neitherrrr!

        • sweetdaddy kev

          We do move forward, but you can’t forget the past because the same thing will happen to us, like voting rights being taken from us and other serious issues do to racist ideas of some. I’m never upset at Hollywood for not accepting blacks, I think awards as a whole for acting is not something we should be mad at for not being included in the process. Besides, that’s why we have our own award shows. I do agree we can make more positive and diverse movies. I think Will Smith does a great job at diversifying his acting roles.

          • GG

            Will rarely has a black woman love interest in his films. Rosario Dawson is the only one that I can think of. If he has a black love interest, they are not really featured as this woman is in Focus or the girl from Men in Black. They have a few scenes as his wife/girlfriend but his white female co-stars are really co-stars.

            • 972

              That’s wrong, GG, I swear I think folks see what they want to see just to be offended. Will Smith’s wives have included Jada, Rosario, Vivica A. Fox, chick in Bad Boys, etc. Many more black women than white…I can’t even think of a white love interest of his, come to think of it.

              • GG

                In most cases, when he has a black woman, they are incidental with supporting parts at best. His white leads (Tea Leoni, Eva Mendez, Charlize Theron, Bridget Moynihan, Linda Fiorentino) all have substantial speaking parts and are usually featured prominently. Same goes for Denzel. Biopics excluded here.

          • roxy

            I get what Latoya is saying because I verbalize it also. Not that I don’t want to know about my past, because I do and I must say I know a lot about it because I’ve read about it. But I don’t want to always watch movies that depict this all the time. I did not watch the Book of Negroes because I have seen it many times. Not necessarily her story, but the life it depicts. I prefer to see actual footage of history. I watch the History channel quite a bit and I also like those “Who Do You Think You Are’ and “Genealogy Roadshows” on PBS.

            • 972

              Roxy:

              I think many producers have their hearts in the right place with slavery movies – primarily, that folks should never forget. It’s why you also see so many movies about the Holocaust. We’re only a few short years away from losing the last handful of folks who truly experienced either.

              • roxy

                You’re right about that. I guess with me I have read and watched so many accounts of it that it went from learning to anger. I tread lightly when I see actual footage because it burns me up. I can’t change history, so I try not to view it as much. I know too much, but I do recognize the story must be continually told.

          • 972

            Sweetdaddy….c’mon now, your voting rights are being taken away from you? How?

            • roxy

              It is being done covertly with voter id.

              • 972

                roxy:
                I really wish folks would stop buying into [either] party’s lines. There isn’t evidence of material voter fraud and there isn’t evidence of material exclusion of voters. This is just another way for BOTH parties to keep racial animosity where it is. It’s sad and I wish those of us who generally dislike everyone in Washington would just call them on it.

                • krasr

                  I get thats your reality,but my reality has experience voter fraud in Nj and Florida an thats from personal experience

                  • 972

                    krasr,
                    Note the use of “material” in both instances. It’s a reality, regardless of who’s observing it.

          • Latoya

            The same thing will happen again? Oh come on. If the slaves were waiting on movies about them before they worked to abolish it…well we’d still be slaves wouldn’t we? lol
            And Hollywood should just dooo theirrrrr thingggg. If they all white people sitting at the top, they should do their white thing and cast their white stars and make white movies. I’m not mad. I get angry when BLACK people rise up and get together all we do is hold hands and cry about what happened in the past. Orrrrrrrr we bellyache about our suffering now. Even our comedies are all about our stereotypes and how poor we are etc etc. We can’t just make a movie like Toy Story? or Flipping Star Wars? or jeeeez even Dumb and Dumber what the hellllllllll

        • wizegirl06

          That is so true!

        • jean

          I think there could be more movies about a wider range of topics about black people but there are at least 10 movies every single year about the holocaust. nobody tells Jewish people to stop talking about it ,nor should they. there is nothing wrong with talking about history, in fact you and I spent at least 12 years or more learning European history in school and no one complains about that, not to mention all the historical dramas about their people. why does everybody else get to tell their history but black people are supposed to sit down somewhere and be quiet.

          • Latoya

            There are not at least 10 movies about the Holocaust that is false and even if it was true, that’s something that happened for a short period of time and they are the richest people on this earth, so I ain’t mad at them. You realise that the descendants of the Holocaust survivors that moved to America are the ones that founded Facebook, Google, Calvin Klein, Mattel, Starbucks yo I could go on and on?

            Let that sink in for a bit.

            They were literally killed in millions, were seen as the scum of the earth and most came to America with nothing but the skin on their backs and look, just a generation later, they basically own the world.

            How? They mooooooved on. They didn’t come together and cry about their past.

            All the people that own CBS, Universal, MGM, Disney ALLLL JEWS. But you ever see them making a big deal of the holocaust at award shows? But at BET awards everyyyy year, we have to be reminded of our past. STFUUUUUUUUUUU. We were slaves then we had to fight for civil rights. Okaaaaaaaaaaaaay. We get it. Sheeeesh.
            (I say “we” mtchew but I never picked cotton in my life. See, these people got me talking like i actually experienced it. Aaaaaagh!)

            I don’t think Jews are different or special, but what they have done that is different to us, is UNITE and MOOOOOVE ONNNN. Why is it when we come together we have to hold hands and cry? That oscar crap was just annoying. Agh!

            So yes black people are supposed to sit somewhere and be quiet. If all we do is cry. You’re damn right. All this emotional crap has gotten us absolutely nowhere.

            If these stupid movies were anything to go by; Slavery and Civil rights. Black history starts and stops there.

            I won’t watch these dumbass movies anymore and my children won’t either!

        • GTFOH!

          Given whites history of destroying and re imagining our history, who should be the gatekeepers of our story?
          If we don’t talk about our past, whites will either imagine it never happen, our revise so that it fits what makes THEM comfortable.
          Everyday your children is inundated with white history tales in school and through the media.
          Whites don’t have to look back. It’s all around them.
          Outside of Black History month and a feel speeches about MLK, whites would sooner forget talking about our contribution to the world.

          Do you know a big budget movie was being made about Toussant defeat of Napoleon but studio heads didn’t want to give it the proper funding?
          Danny Glover, who was producing it, received $20 million from the late Hugo Chavez but the U.S wouldn’t allow Glover to take it.
          The story of conquerer Hannibal is still in production limbo because it’s “too expensive” to mount.
          Director Hype Williams had a sci fi movie deal with Walt Disney that went nowhere because they sat on it too long.
          The first truly successful super hero movie Marvel mounted, ‘Blade” was made by Wesley Snipes production company, Amen Ra, but all of that is hushed on.
          It’s easy for whites to complain about what blacks can and can’t do because it’s in their best interest to keep you blind.

          But for a black woman to just makes these assumption about what we aren’t doing is disheartening.

          • Latoya

            But my thing is why is THAT the only history. If it has to be about our history. I dont even know why im talking so much. Bleh. It’s not even my history. I’m not African American or Carribean. But I’m black so we get dragged into this.
            As a race we are soooooo much more than slavery and the civil rights. Where are all the movies about anyyyything else. I’ll take anythiiiiiiiing.

            • GTFOH!

              Will Smith and his partner John Lassiter production company, Overbrook, has been making strides in telling a different type of african american story such as the sci fi hit “I, Robot”. The end of the world zombie movie”I Am Legend” as well as the super hero tale

              “Hancock”.

              This was only able to get made because of the tremendous amount of money Smith has brought the studio, he was able to parlay that into real power.

              Most black actors aren’t given the same chances.

              True, some black directors, when given the chance, resort back to cliche, like Tyler Perry, Spike Lee and even newly famous Ava Duvernay, whose next project is about Hurricane Katrina.

              But if you look, a lot of directors coming up,Black American (Rick Famuyiwa), Ghana (Francis Bodomo), Nigerian (EricAghimein) and Andrew Dosunmu (Mother Of George).

              • Latoya

                Hancock! I love that movie. Well I pray more of those directors you named (that I have never heard of!) get more shine.
                I know that white hollywood tends to endorse the other emotional stuff because it keeps us down.

                • GTFOH!

                  Exactly… lol

                  (Oh… I ran into my boy Idris today. Do you still want me to pass your number along?Or if you’d rather just talk to me about him…lol)

                  • Latoya

                    lol u funny funny person. If Idris is indeed your friend, I will give you my home address with directions.

                    • GTFOH!

                      I wouldn’t say we were “friends”, per se…
                      More like… I know he exist and he doen’t know that I do.
                      But other than that, I’d take that address and directions… lol

                      Or u can start off with the #

                      lol

                    • Latoya

                      ahhhahahaa. Maaaaaaan you are charming. Almost wearing me down.

                    • GTFOH!

                      “Almost”… ?

                      lol.

                      I know, just from being around Idris sometimes and being only the second best looking dude in the room, it’s kinda hard getting someone to give you there #…
                      I just assume we were making that connection, had a little back and forth going, you’d soon forget about that Idris fella…. LOL

                    • Latoya

                      If I forget about Idris, it’s only cause 50 cent has finally heard from God.
                      Anyway besides, I am so embarasssssssssed being flirted with on a blog, everybody can see thisssss!!!!! I’m so shy right nowwww agghhhhhh

                    • GTFOH!

                      Then hit me here

                      harleywoodheat@gmail.com

                    • Latoya

                      *shyface* ayt.

                    • GTFOH!

                      any day now…

                      All I’m doing is waiting.

                      lol

                    • Latoya

                      Oh no wait lol i didnt get it. write it again plz ma bad

                    • GTFOH!
                    • Latoya

                      Got itttttt. Delete.

    • bettie

      Also notice that he is also obsessed with light skin. Nothing wrong with light skin b/c my ex was light skin but he engages in colorism in his movies

    • Notreally

      Besides his movie Shame (which had nothing to do with black people) it’s as if he’s angry towards black people, especially black women. Don’t know what his mother did if anything because he have some idea of what his father did, but he has an underlying tone that reads anti-black

      • 1Val

        Yes, something is off about him. He certainly feels rejected by black women and black community.

      • Steve McQueen directed “Shame”….Lee Daniels has only directed five projects–“Shadowboxer”, “Precious”, “The Paperboy”, “The Butler”, and two epsidoes of “Empire”…..

    • Emily Mobes Ajumobi

      Which is funny because men black or white are the ones that are most vocal about condemning those that are gay whether it be the church or politics. I just wish some email would get leaked by some fox executive about Lee daniels who plays the game so well. It doesn’t matter if you play the game because still going to talk about you ie. Kevin Hart

      • 1Val

        His time will come. The more he talks the faster his end is near.

        • Emily Mobes Ajumobi

          One day you are hottest black director and then there is no buzz. Ask Lupita

          • GG

            Lupita????? She is the face of a major cosmetic brand and is still riding pretty high from her last year’s Oscar win. She has a few movies set to be released and it was recently announced that she signed up for another one. Lupita is not a good example of a person with no buzz. You shouldn’t expect to hear about someone every day of the year.

            • Emily Mobes Ajumobi

              Come on now has much as they were riding her last year. I get 3 to 5 before find someone new to ride

      • kb

        and Denzel. Remember what they said about him?

        • GG

          What did they say about him??????

          • roxy

            What can you say about Denzel other than he has the coldest walk I have ever seen! He and Obama!

    • DoinMe

      He’s an angry and arrogant queen. If I were Monique, I would keep my distance because there’s something about him that is evil and untrustworthy.

      • 1Val

        Lee is one of those angry gay men who hates women because he is in competition for men.

        • ~~~♥♥Baby Doll♥♥~~~

          or is he a pedo?