In the beginning, I had no plans on writing about Mo’Nique’s call for a Netflix boycott. To be honest, between Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, I’d had my fill on the subject. I finally realized that I was in the minority regarding my thoughts on her predicament, and I was fine with that. I have a lot of unpopular opinions, and that’s never been cause for me to lose sleep at night. But for some reason, I’ve been particularly bothered by the conversations around Mo’Nique’s relevancy, and the implications that she doesn’t deserve to be compensated reasonably. I’ve struggled to find the words to say over the last few days, but I think I finally got it.
When I first saw advertisements for Almost Christmas, I gotta admit, I was excited, but not for the reasons I think most people were. Mostly, I was ready to see Mo’Nique get back on the silver screen, and I was equally glad that ol’ Danny Glover was still cashing those checks in Hollywood. Those two things alone were enough to spark my interest, but I just wasn’t sure if I was thrilled about seeing what I assumed would be another This Christmas.
Last night, in LA, the Urban Movie Channel, along with RLJ Entertainment, hosted a private screening of the much anticipated “Black Bird.” In case you didn’t know, Mo’nique, who recently made headlines for allegedly being “Black Balled” in Hollywood, is featured in this film, and I for one, am glad to see our girl back on the big screen.
Mo’Nique has been in and out of the press recently, but not because she’s working on a new project, or because she’s on tour. Headlines these days have more to do with her being “blackballed” in Hollywood.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Mo’Nique says that writer/director Lee Daniels told her that she hadn’t “played the game right” and that was the reason why she wasn’t getting roles.
After all of that, it seems fitting that Mo’Nique would pose for a NoH8 campaign. It looks like she just wants to spread all the love she can.
In a statement, Monique says:
“Let us as a world, allow others to be what they had no choice in being. We’re a part of the NOH8 campaign because when you say NO to H8, what you’re really saying is YES to Love.”
The campaign, which has garnered support from various high profile celebrities, seeks to bring awareness to the issues that affect the members of the LGBTQ community.
I for one, LOVE me some Mo’Nique, and THIS makes me love her that much more!