Thanks to the streaming service Netflix, stand-up comedy has seen an amazing resurgence. The service has had specials from legends like Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld and Dave Chappelle, fan favorites like Amy Schumer and Katt Williams, and comics who are just hilarious like Hannibal Buress, Bill Burr, and Ali Wong. With a list like that, it isn't surprising that Netflix would want to host a special with a comedy icon like Mo'Nique. But when it comes to compensation, apparently one of the "Queens of Comedy" doesn't warrant the same pay as other legends, and Mo'Nique isn't standing for it.
Taking the fight to Instagram, Mo'Nique explain why she felt wronged by the streaming company.
“I was offered a $500,000 deal last week to do a comedy special,” she explained. “However, Amy Schumer was offered $11 million, Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle $20 million… when we asked Netflix to explain the difference they said, ‘Well, that’s what we think Mo’Nique would bring.”
While many may argue that other comedians would draw more, you can't argue that Mo'Nique has an impressive resume. When this was brought up, Netflix allegedly told her they don't go by resumes. When she asked why Amy Schumer was offered so much more, they then cited her impressive resume.
The conversation that Mo’Nique describes seems to be a classic case of gender bias that is present in almost every field of work including Hollywood. Yet for a person who infamously fought against being “blackballed,” her video proves that Mo’Nique is prepared to take on this issue as well.
But unlike her battles of the past, Mo’Nique is not alone in this war. Her video was closely preceded by Black-ish star, Tracee Ellis Ross, announcing she makes “significantly less” than co-star Anthony Anderson, a claim that if it’s not corrected, the wage gap may result in the Golden Globe winner devoting less time to the show. Stories like the one shared by Mo’Nique and Ross, appear to speak to the struggle women face in the workforce.
What do you think? Does Mo'Nique have a case? Does she deserve more for a comedy special? More importantly, how do we end the wage gap?