Tiffany Haddish is having the best year ever.
After turning in a scene-stealing performance in last summer’s hit comedy Girls Trip, Haddish has gone on to release a best selling memoir (The Last Black Unicorn), star in a Super Bowl ad for Groupon, and work on a soon-to-be-released TV show, TBS’ The Last O.G.s. It’s clear the 38-year-old is having a serious moment, and she’s doing her best to keep it going.
Recently, Haddish’s name came up after fellow actress and comedian Mo’Nique asked fans to boycott Netflix for alleged racial and gender bias after the streaming giant offered her $500,000 for a comedy special. Mo’Nique felt the amount was disrespectfully low, particularly compared to the multi-million dollar contracts between Netflix and fellow stand-up acts like Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, and Amy Schumer. While many questioned Mo’s methods, others commended her on opening the door for newcomers like Haddish.
“I couldn’t accept that low offer, because if I did … I couldn’t sleep at night,” she said back in January. “If I accepted $500,000, what does Tiffany Haddish have coming? If I accept that, what does the black female comedian have coming? Because what they’ll say is, ‘Mo’Nique accepted this and she’s got that.’ So what do they have coming?”
Some fans agreed. “If Tiffany Haddish gets a multimillion Netflix deal at the level of Amy Schumer it’s because Mo’Nique stood up,” one supporter wrote on Twitter.
While many agreed with the assessment that Mo’s fight will help Black women like Haddish, the Girls Trip star said she already inked a deal with the streaming service.
“I already got a deal and I signed it way before she (Mo’Nique) said a thing,” Haddish responded. “It’s not legend money but [it’s] enough to take care of my family for min.”
Haddish is starring in an upcoming animated series on the platform called Tuca & Bertie, and in spite of her issues with Netflix, Mo’Nque couldn’t be happier.
“You’ve done nothing wrong my sister. You KEEP SHINING,” she wrote on Twitter. “I am proud of you. You keep doing what [you’re] doing. You are making it better for the next ones.”
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