It’s been over a year since comedian and actress Mo’Nique asked her fans to boycott Netflix because she felt they were racist in the offer they made her regarding a comedy special for the streaming platform.
I don’t personally know anyone who boycotted Netflix. And since plan A didn’t pan out, Mo’Nique has decided to take it to the courts.
According to TMZ, she’s filed a lawsuit against the company accusing them or racial discrimination.
The lawsuit states the same things Mo’Nique said in January of 2018. The media giant offered Amy Schumer $11 million for her hour-long comedy special. She negotiated and was eventually paid $13 million. Meanwhile, Mo’Nique was offered $500,000.
She never accepted the offer and instead urged people to boycott Netflix. At the time she mentioned that she believed they were guilty of racial discrimination and gender bias. Because Black male comedians like Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle were also offered millions of dollars for their specials.
In addition to the discrimination in terms of their offer, Mo’Nique also said that the company had a lack of diversity. She mentioned the fact that their former Chief Communications Officer, Jonathan Friedland, used the n word on more than one occasion, including during a meeting with 60 people in 2018. (Mo’Nique was not present for that meeting.) The executive was fired from the position shortly after his repeat offense.
She also stated that Netflix allowed Kevin Spacey to use the n-word while filming “House of Cards” without consequence. She claims Spacey told security guards, “I don’t want [n-words] on my set anymore.”
In terms of gender discrimination, she cited the fact that Claire Foy, the actress who plays Queen Elizabeth II, the lead character on Netflix’s “The Crown,” was paid $14,000 less than Matt Smith, the actor who played Prince Philip, who was second on the call sheet. The discrepancy was only changed after the public learned of it and complained.
She is suing Netflix for unspecified damages and for an injunction forcing the company to change its discriminatory practices.
Everything listed in Mo’Nique’s lawsuit is true. Still, Netflix is very powerful. So we’ll see how all of this plays out.