Oh No Baby: Mo’Nique Defends Roseanne In The Name of Comedy “Has She Ever Said,‘Kill Black People?'”
Updated: Nov 18, 2018
Mo’Nique is back at it again, fearlessly riding the wave of controversy ...but this time around she's taking a stand for her "sister in comedy" and former sitcom star Roseanne Barr,
The legendary comedian/Oscar-winning actress recently did interview with the Chicago Tribune, where she spoke about all things comedy, her illustrious career and even the prospect of another talkshow. However while on the topic of the latter, the conversation took an interesting turn. When discussing her past venture into late-night television, Mo explained why she is NOT "canceling" the former ABC star who came under fire for her racist remarks and perplexing support of Donald Trump.
Here is an excerpt of the conversation:
“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?” 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.” Now, a racist woman ain’t gonna say that to me.”
According to Vibe, the journalist also mentioned Barr’s racist tweets, to which Mo’Nique says she didn’t overthink it. She believes the now-shunned comedian was only trying to be funny. “And I know her. And what she thought was funny, as a comedian, that’s what it was,” Mo’Nique said. “Has she ever said, ‘Kill black people’?” the former Parkers star added.
Mo’Nique also says that Roseanne does work “behind the scenes” for black people. “She was behind the scenes fighting for the black (concert) promoters. Nobody knows that,” she said. “She’s behind the scenes trying to push a documentary about Malcolm X with a brother who’s a Muslim.”
The former Precious star did catch a lot of flack for defending Roseanne from the public, including from fellow black comedian Amanda Seales, who spoke with Complex about why she is wrong for standing up for Barr.
“As a black woman, as a comedian,” Seales began during an episode of Open Late With Peter Rosenberg, “I think it is incredibly problematic for her to be using her platform in such a reckless way, and it makes me say, ‘Well, we can’t really listen to nothing you say.’ Five minutes ago, you were trying to say we should boycott Netflix, now you’re telling us that she’s okay? It’s nonsensical, you’re Kanye-ing right now.”