Chance the Rapper came to bat for legendary comedienne Mo'Nique after recent interviews reignited her Netflix contract dispute on social media.
In late January, the Oscar-winning comedienne demanded that the streaming service pay her more than the $500,000 they offered because she has the accolades, the fanbase and a 20-year comedy pedigree. Details about the comedy special negotiations came out in recent weeks showing that Mo'Nique could not work for a year.
Blavity reported that Mo'Nique wouldn't be able to work for anyone else for 12 months and following that year, she could do a special with another network only after Netflix passed. Additionally, she wouldn't be able to negotiate a comedy special for a year after the Netflix special aired and couldn't tell jokes that were featured in the special for two years after the special aired.
The "Coloring Book" musician wrote a few tweets on Twitter and posted on Instagram Saturday to declare his support for Mo'nique when others have dismissed her call for equality. In a series of tweets, the Chicago rapper reminded his fans that black women deserve our support, and Mo'Nique has never turned against the black community in her two-decade-long career.
Im with Mo’Nique.— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) February 24, 2018
Black women, you deserve better.— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) February 24, 2018
Anybody remember when Mo’Nique filmed a special in a women’s correctional facility?— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) February 24, 2018
I remember— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) February 24, 2018
While on The View Feb. 22, Mo'Nique and co-host Whoopi Goldberg got into a back and forth over marketing movies. She said that when she stood up for herself when it came to marketing on the 2009 film Precious, she was blackballed for eight years.
"What Tyler Perry showed me, Lee Daniels, Oprah Winfrey and Lionsgate, when you don’t do what we ask you to do, we’ll take your livelihood," Mo'Nique said. "So for eight years, my family has suffered, my career has suffered because what I would not allow those entities to do was bully me.”
Many fans pointed out that comedian Kevin Hart demanded that he get paid to market his films all across his social media, and in the case of Mo'Nique, she demanded the same but was ridiculed and lambasted for standing up.
Remember that time Kevin Hart refused to use his personal social media to promote one of his movies for FREE because he wasn't contractually obligated to? Remember when instead of blackballing him, the studio paid him more money, and he went on the continue having a great career? https://t.co/KVfuNXHYGD— Tasha James (@theglossier) February 23, 2018
The comedienne also stopped by Power 105.1'sThe Breakfast Club on Friday to clear the air about her call for a Netflix boycott, and she confronted the radio show's co-host Charlamagne Tha God, aka Lenard McKelvey. Mo'Nique called him out for making her "Donkey of the Day" because of her fair pay demands.
"Is your mother still alive?" Mo'Nique asked him on the broadcast. "If I was to call your mother or your grandmother could they tell me stories of inequality they had to deal with?"
"Absolutely," McKelvey answered.
"So would your mother be a donkey? Would your grandmother be a donkey?" Mo'Nique then asked.
It is clear people are still divided over the issue but the fact remains that the pay gap is very real, especially where black women are concerned. The state of fair pay for black women was most eloquently put by Serena Williams in a July op-ed she wrote for Fortune:
"I’d like to acknowledge the many realities black women face every day. To recognize that women of color have to work — on average — eight months longer to earn the same as their male counterparts do in one year. To bring attention to the fact that black women earn 17 percent less than their white female counterparts and that black women are paid 63 percent of the dollar men are paid. Even black women who have earned graduate degrees get paid less at every level. This is as true in inner cities as it is in Silicon Valley."
So, in the words of Chance, when it comes to fairly paying black women and Mo'Nique: "give her her coin."