Friday morning comedian and actress Mo’Nique posted a video on her Instagram page expressing her concern over deal negotiations she had with Netflix regarding her newest special. The multi-billion-dollar streaming giant offered the critically praised Academy-Award winning actress $500,000 for a comedy special last week and she questioned why she was offered that amount when three of her colleagues received substantially more for their specials. Gender and color bias is the foundation for Mo’Nique’s argument.
In the video Mo’Nique cites that Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle were offered $20 million respectively, while Amy Schumer was initially offered $11 million and renegotiated her offer for more and Netflix agreed. She stated that Netflix referred to her as a legend but that the initial offer was indicative of the revenue they thought she’d bring to their audience.
If you’re looking for a response from Netflix you probably won’t hear one. A spokesperson for Netflix has stated, “Netflix does not comment on contract negotiations.”
With the second annual Women’s March Event happening this weekend, it seems fitting that the issues that Mo’Nique allege are discussed. The march represents women’s rights, civil rights, worker’s rights, healthcare rights and so much more! Arguably she is worthy of much more than half a million dollars and her entertainment resume support her request. Her Oscar alone should be enough to get her in the seven-figure club for a comedy special. One can only hope that Netflix and Mo’Nique can amicably resolve these differences for the culture of comedy and produce an epic special that all comedy lovers will enjoy.