Social Media Highlights Mo’Nique’s Past Remarks On Pay Inequality, Drawing Parallels To Taraji P. Henson’s Recent Statements

by Grace Somes
Mo’Nique and Taraji P. Henson || Image credit: @therealmoworldwide @tarajiphenson

Peeps are defending Taraji P. Henson while pointing out that Mo’Nique previously said the same thing, “Mo is owed a HUGE Apology from black Hollywood.”

In 2022, Mo’Nique accused Netflix of systematically underpaying Black women.

She claimed that the streaming site lowballed her, citing racial and sexual discrimination as reasons for their actions. 

Mo’Nique’s lawsuit said Netflix officials offered her $500,000 in early 2018 for a comedy special and refused to negotiate further. 

The suit further claimed Netflix made deals reportedly worth tens of millions of dollars with other comedians, including Chris Rock, Ellen DeGeneres, Dave Chappelle, and Ricky Gervais.

“I couldn’t accept that low offer because if I did … I couldn’t sleep at night. If I accepted $500,000, what does Tiffany Haddish have coming? If I accept that, what does the Black female comedian have coming? Because what they’ll say is, ‘Mo’Nique accepted this, and she’s got that.’ So what do they have coming?” she said.

In summary, Mo’Nique’s suit said her low offer reflected a company’s tendency to underpay Black women.

Although Netflix and Mo’Nique amicably resolved the matter, the conversation is back on social after Taraji P. Henson’s explosive interview.

The Color Purple star broke down in tears while discussing how the pay disparity and mounting expenses like taxes and payroll leave her earning less. 

Despite being an Oscar-nominated actress, Golden Globe winner, and multi-NAACP Image Award winner, the harsh reality of Hollywood’s significant pay inequality has Taraji P. Henson ready to throw in the towel


She revealed her intentions to stop acting and focus on her entrepreneurial and philanthropic journey, which she describes as good for her mental health

Henson’s interview has sparked a crusade on social media as other actresses rally behind her on the issue. 

But social media has drawn up receipts to remind Hollywood that Mo’Nique has been saying the same thing for years. But people labeled her “the angry black woman”.

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