Kym Whitley is getting candid about the topic that still has people talking: Mo’Nique’s battle with Netflix.
Back in January, Mo’Nique called on fans to boycott the streaming giant after they offered her $500,000 for a stand-up special. “I am asking that you stand with me and boycott Netflix for gender bias and color bias,” she said in a video shared to Instagram.
Since then, numerous celebrities and fans have shared their thoughts on the situation.
Now, Whitley is weighing in. Speaking with ESSENCE’s Yes, Girl! podcast, the comedian and actress said she wants Mo’Nique to win, but worries about how her tactics will affect other Black women in comedy.
“I love the fact that the conversation is there. It’s been there, she ain’t been the first. The conversation’s there,” Whitley told ESSENCE. “I just feel like her tactics are wrong. I believe she can go about it a different way, but sometimes you gotta make a lot of noise to get people to notice. My fear is that her tactics might hurt us or hurt the fight.”
The comedian explained that she fears Mo’Nique’s anger and the fact that she’s acting on her own may leave, not only herself, but other’s vulnerable the next time talk turns to equal pay in entertainment.
Still, Whitley supports Mo’Nique in her fight to see Black women get the pay they deserve. “Other female comedians, we secretly applaud her…She’s very smart, she’s very talented, you want her to win. I want her to win.”
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