by G. Brown
Actress/comedian Mo’Nique rushed in where few Blacks have gone…to defend fellow comedian/actress Roseanne Barr.
Barr has been fighting to repair her damaged image after she tweeted about former President Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett saying, “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby.” The ill attempt at a joke cost Barr her newly rebooted “Roseanne” sitcom on ABC.
Many slammed Roseanne for the comment and called her out of what they considered to be thoughtless at best and racist at its worst.
Mo’Nique stepped up to defend the woman she calls her “sister in comedy“. Mo said, “Roseanne Barr is my sister in comedy and she is my universal sister and what I won’t do…is throw her away for making a mistake. We’ve all said and done things, baby, that we wish we could talk back and swallow and say [‘oops’] but when you’re in the public eye, you can’t, and it’s out there but to put the title of racist on her [is not true].”
Mo’Nique is in a unique position to commiserate with Barr, having faced her own war of words with industry heavyweights like Oprah Winfrey who called her negative and former NewsOne Anchor Roland Martin who told her “So why all the drama with Almost Christmas, where you were brilliant! You should have gotten lots of roles after that. Ask yourself why you didn’t?” And there are more, Tyler Perry, Steve Harvey, Sheryl Underwood, Will Packer.
But Mo’s most intense battle it seems has been with director Lee Daniels–the man who cast her in the movie role that landed her an Academy Award. After winning the Oscar for “Precious”, Mo’Nique says Daniels told her she was blackballed because she wasn’t playing the Hollywood game to get roles.
Seeing herself as an outsider because she refuses to do things the Hollywood way, it’s little wonder that Mo’Nique would rush to Roseanne’s side. The former talk show host says Roseanne was one of the few people who fought for her to even have a talk show. Mo’ recalled, “there were big, major black superstar talent that had white representatives and they told their talent, ‘That show is too black and we really don’t want you to go on there,’”
Whether Mo’ thinks she paying a debt owed or really likes Roseanne, her defense of another who is down and out is commendable, but Mo’ may need someone to step in and defend her as well because this Mother Theresa bit isn’t going over well on social media.
Some fans are still fans of Mo’Nique and applaud her for being decent and kind in a racial situation that usually breeds only rage.
What do you think….is Mo’Nique doing the right thing by sticking up for Roseanne? Or she stick to the sidelines and focus on her own battles?