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Is Mo’Nique A Diva?

Submitted by on October 6, 2009 – 11:48 am11 Comments


The movie hasn’t even hit theaters yet and Academy Award nominations are more than a month away, but there is already talk that Mo’Nique – a best actress frontrunner for “Precious” – is jeopardizing her chance for Oscar glory.    

The New York Daily News is reporting that execs over at Lionsgate say that the 41-year-old comedienne and late night talk show hostess has a bad attitude and a shameless demand for money that could ruin her chances at an Oscar nomination. I know, I know — a black women with a bad attitude STEREOTYPICALLY wouldn’t surprise anyone, but this is Mo’Nique. She’s humble, God fearing and a strong women who’s self-esteem wouldn’t make her a likely candidate for the Sista Gul Neck Rollin’ Club.

But why she didn’t show up to the premiere of her noteworthy movie is baffling. Word is that she also ditched her Toronto Film Festival when she was denied a $100,000 appearance fee.

That money didn’t even include hair and makeup costs. She also demanded that her glam squad fly first class,” the Daily News quoted of an industry source. “Apparently, she’s ignorant as to how the Hollywood system works.”

The Daily News further reported:

According to our snitch, exasperated studio chiefs suggested that executive producer Oprah Winfrey get involved to deflate Mo’Nique’s substantial ego, but even O couldn’t stop the actress from seeing green.

“Mo’Nique said she signed on to do this film for a small amount of money. She said she didn’t care about ‘no Oscar’ – all that mattered was ‘those Benjamins!’ Because Oprah and Tyler Perry are backing the film, she feels as though there should be a budget to pay for her promotional duties,” the source explains.

But the star’s attitude is starting to work against her. Winfrey and Tyler have reportedly instructed Lionsgate to put their promotional machine behind fellow stars Mariah Carey and Gabby Sidibe for the Oscar race. Those two are adept at playing the game; both turned up in New York and Toronto to push the film for free (although Carey, left, was 30 minutes late to Saturday’s Alice Tully Hall premiere and entered to boos from the audience in response to her tardiness).

“When people say, ‘You care more about money than winning an Oscar,’ well, what does an Oscar mean? An Oscar means more work when you win it, and that means more money!” retorts Mo’Nique in response to the allegations. “I couldn’t eat that Oscar. Everybody needs money, baby. That’s how we survive, right?”

Reps for Winfrey, Tyler and Lionsgate declined to comment, but the film’s director, Lee Daniels, was quick to say, “Mo’Nique is not a diva. She puts her soul into whatever she does. I love her very much.” He does add, however, that “doing the press is hard for her because she’s in the moment.”

Is Mo-Mo a diva? I doubt it. Check out this video from her late night talk show and share your thoughts in the comments section below:

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  • Mister says:

    “I know, I know — a black women with a bad attitude STEREOTYPICALLY wouldn’t surprise anyone, but this is Mo’Nique. She’s humble, God fearing and a strong women who’s self-esteem wouldn’t make her a likely candidate for the Sista Gul Neck Rollin’ Club” – that’s kind of racist.

  • Clark Kent says:

    Is that even possible to be racist against your own kind? What’s next? Richard Pyror is racist for callin’ folks N-words? Jeff Foxworthy gotta be a racist too, huh?

  • Mister says:

    Ok, then that was a sexist remark.

  • Mister says:

    Also when you are writing content in a blog, you are applying to people of ALL color, origin, etc. ALL readers who have access to read it. It wouldn’t be right for me to say, all men are wife beaters, would it? But according to you, it is since I am male. No one knows the writer’s background, unless it’s stated. If this blog post was only meant to apply to one specific type of person, then I apologize.

  • bootylicious says:

    Mo”Nique has lost cool browny points with me she need to realize that she is not Will Smith or Denzel Washingston money. She is suppose to be a god fearing, strong black woman why is she acting greedy and not promoting her movie trust me the movie will make alot of money. She has let the weight she lost go to her head (big)

  • 4real4real says:

    I have always liked Monique…but feel she has let her fame go to her head…still too, she has an image and reputation to live up to. I agree with an earlier comment ‘she has to realize she ain’t Big Willy or Denzel’…last names not necessary. Know your surroundings and work yo game from within and around while playin the game…I think most everyone recognizes, respects and appreciates her ascent, but don’t necessarily respect or care for someone who thinks more of themselves than does everyone else…often we don’t see ourselves as others see us; or recognize our circumstances as do outsiders…I know her crew expects certain things because of her ‘status’, but she as well as they should know that their probably undeserved expectations and her desire to ensure they get the same first class treatment she believes she deserves (rightfully or wrongly), may be that snag in her hose, that will soon unravel and expose her to observations or opinions unintended and detrimental despite and because it is an everyday occassion in the business. …much luv to yo Mo, but you might want to check yo self…the biz don’t need u, u need the biz.

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