Mo’Nique And Steve Harvey Heated Conversation About Her Being 'Blackballed' By Hollywood
You can’t help but to give Steve Harvey the side eye after watching his 11-minute interview with comedian and actress, Mo’Nique. The Precious star appeared on his talk show “Steve” to discuss how she was blackballed in Hollywood for saying one word, No. Many were accusing the long time friend of Mo’Nique of pushing her to sell out and choose money over integrity.
“When you tell the truth, you have to deal with the repercussions of the truth,” Harvey told her. “We black out here. We can’t come out here and do it any kind of way we want to... This is the money game. This ain’t the black man’s game, this ain’t the white man’s game. This is the money game!”
Whether or not if you agree with her politics – not sure if you participated in the Netflix boycott of not – one thing is clear: Mo’Nique isn’t afraid to stand for something. How is her calling out gender and color biases and sacrificing her career any different from Colin Kapernick or any other public figure that chooses ethics over cash.
Harvey did commend her for speaking out against Netflix but went on to probe her decision to bad mouth the like of Oprah Winfrey and Tyer Perry.
“We got labeled as difficult because I said one word and that was no. I said no to some very powerful people. I said no to Oprah Winfrey. I said no to Tyler Perry. I said no to Lee Daniels and I said no to Lionsgate,” she expressed.
"And the difficulty came in when people that looked like me—like Oprah, Tyler, Lee and I got to put my brother Steve on the list—you all knew I was not wrong. Each one of you said to me, 'Monique you are not wrong' and when I heard you go on the air and you said, 'My sister burnt too many bridges and there's nothing I can do for her now,' Steve do you know how hurt I was?"
She explained how she and her husband “got labeled as difficult” when she refused to do press and campaign without additional pay. Now her pockets could be hurting. Her past works in the last 10 years include smaller budget films like Steppin: The Movie, Interwoven, and Almost Christmas. Harvey argued over her saying that,
“the best thing you can do for poor people is not be one of them.”