Jada, Wendy and Wanda Sykes Join Mo’Nique Calling Out Netflix for Paying Black Women Less
by Ms. Black Hollywood
Fans may have laughed in comedian Mo’Nique’s call to boycott Netflix, but some other celebs seem to be heeding the #StandWithMe campaign.
TRN told you last week about the Oscar winner’s Boycott Call after she posted a video accusing streaming service Netflix of low-balling her in an offer to do an original comedy special. Mo’Nique said, “she was offered $500,000 while caucasian comic Amy Schumer netted over $11 million for her deal. She also highlighted Chris Rock and Dave Chapelle, who commanded even more.”
Well, a lot of fans slammed “The Precious” star agreeing that the amount offered was low, but pointing out that Mo’Nique is not on the same pay grade as Rock or Chappelle to demand their kind of money.
While some fans have dismissed Mo’Nique’s boycott, Jada Pinkett Smith agrees that Netflix is following Hollywood’s lead of not paying women of color as much as men or White women. Jada posted on Twitter, “You don’t have to like Mo’Nique’s approach. You don’t have to agree with her boycott but don’t allow all of that to make you blind to the fact that non-white women and impoverished white women are underpaid, underrepresented and undervalued EVERYWHERE by EVERYONE.”
Jada’s post spawned more debate on the topic and while many still aren’t ready to side with Mo’Nique and ditch Netflix, some admit the pay gap is definitely a problem not just for Black women in Hollywood, but in America in general…
Because its the people that have that income that have the power and platform to provoke or invoke change. The woman working for 35k in an office where a man would make 45k is screaming. You can’t hear her. You won’t see her.
— Persist (@HoldOn2Truth) January 24, 2018
Not necessarily. There are a whole lot more women working regular jobs than there are women in Hollywood. Have you seen the women’s marches all across this country? There voices combined are the ones that will spark change.
— Leon Hamlin, Jr. (@804_Blue_Magic) January 24, 2018
We should each of us fight on our own fronts in our own ways. All the fronts, together, are the war for against gender-based bullshit. BUT this time WOC and impoverished women can’t be left behind, alone on the battlefield.
— (((Dafna Strauss))) (@OneDegreeGR) January 24, 2018
While fans are still split on whether Mo’Nique is right to ask for more money from Netflix, other entertainers are fully behind her. Fellow comedian Wanda Sykes says Netflix offered her less than $250k for a special. She tweeted…
— Official Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) January 21, 2018
Talk show host Wendy Williams also supported Mo’Nique saying, “I think this is a color thing, a gender thing, and..Mo’Nique might not be doing anything but a podcast now but I mean… she’s good for $2 million.”
Mo’Nique’s cause is picking up steam, but she still doesn’t seem to be resonating with the masses and that’s who she needs to back her if she wants a Netflix boycott to make an impact.