logo
Getty Images
Getty Images

Netflix Responds to Mo'Nique's Lawsuit Accusing Streaming Service of Pay Discrimination Following $500K Offer for Standup Special

Claudine Varela
Nov 19, 2019
09:00 P.M.
Share this pen
FacebookFacebookTwitterTwitterLinkedInLinkedInEmailEmail

Netflix released a statement revealing the reason it intends to fight the lawsuit Mo'Nique filed against the company.

Advertisement

In response to the lawsuit Mo’Nique filed against Netflix, a spokesperson for the streaming giant has released a statement expressing the company’s intent to fight back.

Mo'Nique at the premiere of Universal's "Almost Christmas" in November 2016. | Photo: Getty Images

Mo'Nique at the premiere of Universal's "Almost Christmas" in November 2016. | Photo: Getty Images

Advertisement

Last week, Mo’Nique announced that she was suing Netflix for racial and gender discrimination. On her Instagram, she explained,

“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. I chose to stand up.”

Advertisement

Mo’Nique’s lawsuit claims the streaming giant offered her a “lowball” pay of $500,000 as her talent fee for a one-hour stand-up comedy special.

She highlighted the disparity between this offer and the ones other comedians received. She cited the likes of Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Ellen DeGeneres, and Ricky Gervais who were paid 40 times more per show. She also cited Amy Schumer who earned 26 times more in her attempt to prove that Netflix discriminated against Black women.

Advertisement

In response to Mo’Nique’s lawsuit, a spokesperson for Netflix released a statement to The Wrap defending its “fair” offer. The statement read,

“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.”

Mo'Nique holding up her Academy Award in 2010. | Photo: Getty Images

Mo'Nique holding up her Academy Award in 2010. | Photo: Getty Images

Advertisement

Mo’Nique isn’t the first Black woman to complain about Netflix’s low pay. Wanda Sykes told Variety earlier this year that she rejected the company’s $250,000 offer.

Wanda Sykes at the Point Honors Los Angeles where she was an honoree in 2017. | Photo: Getty Images

Wanda Sykes at the Point Honors Los Angeles where she was an honoree in 2017. | Photo: Getty Images

Nevertheless, other Black women don’t seem to have a problem working for the streaming site. These include Tiffany Haddish whose Netflix special aired in 2017 and will be featuring in another one this December. Comedian Leslie Jones is also booked for a special in 2020. It’s unknown what their salaries are for these engagements.

Advertisement
info
Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Advertisement
Related posts

Pete Davidson Responds to Reported Harassment From Kanye West - Why do the Stars Have Beef?

May 03, 2022

Elderly Lunch Lady Gets Fired for Giving Free Lunch to Schoolkid Who Couldn't Pay For It

April 28, 2022

Who Is Jennifer Lawrence Married To? Meet Her Husband Cooke Maroney

May 24, 2022

Reba McEntire Supported Ex Daughter-in-Law Kelly Clarkson amid Divorce - Her Ex Demanded Millions

March 14, 2022