Mo'Nique And Netflix Will Soon Be Fighting On The Court Following the Former's Racial And Sexual Discrimination Lawsuit
American comedian and actress Mo'Nique is suing Netflix as she feels that the company discriminates between gender and race.
The issue came after Mo'Nique was offered to do a new comedy special on Netflix for $500k. She felt the money was too low as to Amy Schumer, who was offered nearly $11 million and was later paid $13 million.
The allegation is not only limited to pay disparity as the comedian also claims that Netflix has often made a racial remark in the form of comedy which is inappropriate.
Since the incident, The Parkers star is bashing Netflix and even asked her fans to boycott the streaming service on social media.
Netflix has also responded to the lawsuit claiming that they don't feel that were discriminating someone and they fight the lawsuit.
Precious alum alleged that Netflix offered her relatively low price as compared to other white comedians. As per her, she was offered $500,000 for an hour-long stand-up special two years ago which was very low as the fellow comedian Amy Schumer was offered $11 million.
She stated Netflix "perpetuated the pay gap suffered by black women.” The longtime comedian later filed the lawsuit, and it says:
“Mo’Nique objected to Netflix’s discriminatory pay offer, pointed out how it was discriminatory and asked Netflix to do the right thing by negotiating fair pay with her; in response, Netflix did the opposite. It dug its heels in the ground, refused to negotiate fairly and stood behind its discriminatory offer.”
Neifilc also responded to the lawsuit as claimed that there was no discrimination and they are ready to fight the lawsuit.
"We care deeply about inclusion, equity, and diversity and take any accusations of discrimination very seriously. "We believe our opening offer to Mo'Nique was fair — which is why we will be fighting this lawsuit.”
Amid all the allegations, another comedian Wanda Sykes thanked Mo’Nique for speaking out, claiming she also felt the bias while working with the company.
Mo’Nique revealed about the lawsuit via her Instagram with a caption:
“I had a choice to make: I could accept what I felt was pay discrimination or I could stand up for those who came before me and those who will come after me," she wrote. "I chose to stand up.”
The 51-year-old also thinks that Netflix is racial too. The lawsuit also calls out "the streaming service for its lack of diversity among senior leadership, a former executive’s “repeated used of the ‘n-word,’” and the company’s purported treatment of women executives versus their male counterparts."
She even included Kevin Spacey in her lawsuit as part of a more significant point about a lack of diversity at Netflix. Mo'Nique is suing for an undisclosed amount in damages.