Mo’Nique is firing back at a recent interview Lee Daniels conducted with Don Lemon on CNN. Daniels all but confirmed that he did indeed tell Mo’Nique that she was blackballed after her Oscar win. But yesterday during an interview, Mo’Nique told CNN that she was offered parts in other movies but “they just didn’t make sense to me,” she said.
Sounds like Mo’Nique wasn’t willing to play the ‘mammy’ role for anyone.
“It wasn’t that I was blackballed like Mr. Daniels said… the phone was ringing and the scripts were coming but the offers that were associated with them made me say ‘I can’t accept that,’” she explained, she stated the offers would have sent a negative message to black women.
“If we continue to accept these low offers, how do we make a change?” she asked.
Mo’Nique went on to say that she was yelling at her screen when she saw the Lemon interview.
“It shocked me… I was yelling at the screen, ‘Don, please ask him what the demands were!’”
She continued, “There were no demands, there was a request from the movie studio that I fly to France for the Cannes Film Festival. I simply said, ‘I respectfully decline.’”
She said she declined because she had family obligations and was working on her BET talk show.
“I had a couple of days downtime and I wanted to spend that with my husband and my kids,” she said.
Take a look at her interview below: