Mo’Nique proved, once again, she isn’t afraid to speak her mind.
During a comedy standup show at the Apollo Theater this weekend, the 49-year-old actress readdressed her struggles in Hollywood, claiming she wasn’t “blackballed” but “whiteballed” by some of the biggest names in the industry: Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey, and, of course, Lee Daniels.
“No, I was not blackballed; I was whiteballed by some black dicks who had no balls,” Mo’Nique can be heard saying in a video. “Thank you, Mr. Lee Daniels. Thank you, Mr. Tyler Perry. Thank you, Ms. Oprah Winfrey. No, baby, I wasn’t blackballed I was fucked up by some niggas who had no balls. And see, I know they like to say ‘Mo’Nique you talk too motherfuckin’ much.’ It would kill me not to say the real shit. You are not paying me equally. You are not treating me fairly. So y’all could suck my dick if I had one.”
Though the remarks were brutal, Mo’Nique has no regrets. Days after the standup special, the actress and her husband, Sidney Hicks, filmed in a video in which they claim she was simply speaking the truth.
“Everything I say comes from my heart. I’m unapologetic about it,” she said in a video posted by TMZ. Sidney expanded, stating Oprah and Perry perpetuated Daniel’s lie that Mo’Nique was difficult to work with.
Mo’Nique hasn’t been quiet about her rocky relationship with Daniels, whom she claimed blocked her from getting work after her 2009 Academy Awards win for Precious. She said Daniels—the film’s director—didn’t like the fact that she refused to campaign during awards season, and he punished her for the decision. She claimed she was offered roles in several of Daniels’ projects, but was later denied because she “didn’t play the game.” The actress explained, however, that Daniels was just a part of a larger problem.
Mo’Nique said her falling out with the director didn’t affect her demand in Hollywood. She claimed she was consistently contacted for other projects, but refused to take any unfair offers.
“We’re not asking for any more, but we’re not asking for any less. We’re just asking for what’s fair,” she told The Wrap in 2015. “When you hear my sisters Gwyneth Paltrow and Patricia Arquette who happen to be white women, and they say, ‘Can we have wage equality in Hollywood?’ Well, if there are white women saying that, what do you think we’re getting?”