Mo’Nique is back defending her good “sister” Roseanne Barr ahead of her comedic performance at the Improv in Chicago this weekend.
In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, the comedienne again breaks down her controversial comments about Oprah, Lee Daniels and Tyler Perry, being blacklisted, and her fight for equal pay as a Black woman in Hollywood–all of which are topics she’s discussed openly before.
But things got murky when interviewer Nina Metz brought up Mo’Nique’s turn as a late night talk show host on BET’s “The Mo’Nique Show.” Mo’Nique revealed that Barr was one of the few people in Hollywood who had no issue with making an appearance on the show.
“That’s why, when people turned on my sister Roseanne Barr, I couldn’t do it. Because there were black entertainers who would not come on ‘The Mo’Nique Show’ because it was quote-unquote ‘too black.’ But when I called on my sista, she said (imitating Barr): ‘Where is it and what time you need me to come?’” Mo’Nique said.
“And when she showed up, when the cameras weren’t rolling, she said to me: “Listen, you’re the real deal. Don’t let them use you up and take advantage of you, because they will. Don’t you let them do that to you,” she continued. “Now, a racist woman ain’t gonna say that to me.”
How Mo’Nique concluded that Roseanne was not racist from one appearance and a good luck measure, we’re not sure.
But she goes on in her defense of Barr when Metz pushes back about Barr’s racist tweets over the summer where she likened Valerie Jarrett, a former Barack Obama advisor, to an ape. Barr’s ABC Roseanne revamp was cancelled soon after.
“I’m gonna say this: We’re comedians. And I know her,” Mo’Nique responded. “And what she thought was funny, as a comedian, that’s what it was.”
Metz then brings up Mo’Nique’s confrontation with radio host Charlemagne The God, who Mo’Nique accused of poisoning the Black community. For that Charlemagne gave Mo’Nique the title of “Donkey of the Day.”
“When we talked privately — and we’ve talked privately a lot — she’ll break her jokes down and I’ll know where they’re coming from,” said Mo’Nique. “She’s like, “Listen, you know how I grew up, so how could I start making fun of anybody? I’m not trying to hurt anybody.”
“Has she ever said, “Kill black people?”
We’re going to do a full stop here. Roseanne supporting a Black woman does not exclude her from racism or from promoting vile discriminatory tweets about an ethnic group.
It’s also interesting that Mo’Nique takes no issue with Barr, but can’t keep the same energy for Charlemagne.
As we know, Black women are treated unfairly in the workplace, a recent study even proves this point. So we were right there with Mo’Nique when she asked us to consider why Netflix wouldn’t pay her her worth.
But this mess of defending Barr not once, but twice, after she made racist comments about another Black woman who was just doing her job, makes a clear crack in the foundation.