Mo’Nique called Whoopi, ‘the help.’
Queen of Comedy, actress, podcaster and all around good sister Mo’Nique insists there’s no bad-blood with Whoopi Goldberg after scandalous headlines (the intro tells you how we feel about Auntie, and where this post is going). When discussing an 2018 interview on ‘The View,’ Monique says, “Whoopi Goldberg has always been the help, and I say that humbly.”
Mo’Nique explained this comment quite simply, and truthfully. “When you have a woman saying, ‘I could have schooled you,’ someone would say, ‘What was the schooling going to be?’ When I look at this woman you say is our icon and our legend — she is. But, how many things has Whoopi Goldberg executive produced?”
Mo’Nique clarifies the statement
She went on, “Whoopi Goldberg has always been the help, and I say that humbly. So what is it that you’re going to school me on? I’ve been doing it for almost 30 years. This is a woman who says ‘I could have schooled you,’ and this is a woman who accepted Ted Danson in blackface, and our community praises this woman. So oftentimes, we do it to ourselves. But, I just can’t. Understand, I love my sister. However, when you know you’re being fed the wrong food, you must say, “I can’t chew this, y’all.”
In a new interview with Daily Pop (see video), Mo’Nique clarifies her statements, saying she simply wanted to be honest but meant no malice toward the actress.
“When people think that Whoopi Goldberg and I are in a bad place, we’re not, that’s my sister! But when she makes a statement like, ‘I could’ve schooled you,’ well what you were trying to school me on is how to work for free—and that’s not what I’m willing to do.”
All Truth, No Shade
She went on, “When I said Whoopi Goldberg has always been the help …that’s no shade and there was a time I was also the help. I wasn’t saying it to throw shade or be messy, I was saying it to be honest. I no longer want to be the help, I no longer want to hope that you like me enough to give me an opportunity.”
Essentially, Mo’Nique is being Mo’Nique, inferring the same things she’s always inferred. Black Hollywood needs to check itself and remember where it’s come from. Big up’s to Mo’ for being Mo’, Love you auntie!