Actress/comedian Mo’Nique had a couple of things to get off her chest before an Apollo Theater audience over the weekend. While headlining a pre-Mother’s Day show at the legendary theater, the Academy Award winner unloaded on Lee Daniels, Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey, telling them to “such [her] d**k,” after accusing the Hollywood powerhouses of having her “whiteballed.”
Mo’Nique going in on Daniels wouldn’t have made for much of a news story, were it not for her tagging Perry and Oprah along. She and the director, with whom she worked together on the blockbuster film, Precious, haven’t spoken for some years, with accusations having been made by Mo’Nique that he didn’t support her through a period over which executives sought to blackball her. According to what Daniels said during an interview in 2015, Mo’Nique was blackballed because of her attitude during the cast’s campaign to help promote the film. “During the [Oscar] campaign, she was making unreasonable demands, and I remember thinking ‘this is when reverse racism happens.’ You have to thank the producers of the film, you have to thank the studio, and she didn’t understand that,” Daniels said at the time.
“And see, I know they like to say, ‘Mo’Nique, you talk too motherf*****g much.’ It would kill me not to say the real s***,” she then followed, before alleging that Perry, Oprah, and Daniels have treated her unfairly in the business.