Mo’Nique Says Roseanne Is Her Sister In Comedy, Receives Flak From Social Media
Mo’Nique is receiving some backlash from social media and the black community for coming to Roseanne Barr’s defense in an interview. The comedienne sat down with local Los Angeles new station, KTLA 5, where she was asked about “her sister in comedy,” and Barr’s recent antics and comments in the media. Mo’Nique said,
Roseanne Barr is my sister – in comedy. And she’s my universal sister, and what I won’t do Sam is throw her away, for making a mistake. We’ve said and done things we wish we could take back and swallow, but when you’re in the public eye, you can’t and it’s out there!
But to put the title of racist on her, I can only share my experience with Roseanne. I remember when I had the Mo’Nique Show. And there were big, major black superstar talent, that had white representatives. And they told their talent, ‘That show was too black, and we really don’t want you to go on there.’ But there was a white woman named Roseanne Barr that showed up for me, when people that looked like me – I wanna thank all the talent that came on the Mo’Nique show,“ Mo’Nique confessed.
She provided context to her initial statement by highlight a time when Roseanne came on her talk show in the early 2000s. She continued,
You know who you seen and didn’t see on the show, but that woman, when we called, it wasn’t a question. And they didn’t hear the conversations when the cameras weren’t rolling. And that woman was giving me some beautiful words. She said, ‘Mo’Nique, I’m going to tell you right now baby, they’re going to consider you difficult. They’re going to call you the B-word, because you’re a woman who won’t lay down and take that foolishness.’
Throughout the conversation Mo’Nique goes to compare her experience of fighting for equality to Roseanne’s, by noting,
So what I would ask is, yes, my sister made a mistake, and she said something I know she wishes she could take back, but I would ask is we don’t throw her away. The consequence is what the consequence is, but I know what it is to be thrown away based off of a lie. I know that feeling to have to fight for something when you’re only fighting for equality. You’re fighting for what’s right and what’s fair. So when I see my sister, who said something out of order and out of line – she did. We cannot dress it up. But when I see my sister saying, I made a mistake.
She concludes her thoughts by layering with love and speaking on forgiveness,
All I would say is, to Roseanne, baby, if you’re in California right now, you have tickets to the show at the Brea Improv, because what I won’t do, when someone says they’re sorry, and we keep teaching all this Christianity, and all of this forgiveness, but when we right in it, we seem to forget about that, and we seem to walk away from it. So to Roseanne Barr to Mo’Nique, I want to say to my sister, I love you, I know you made a mistake. I know you messed up, but I still won’t throw you away. I won’t put you on the racist list and say, ‘Oooo, never again!’ That is my sister, and I think these are the moments that really count.
Since Mo’Nique’s recent statements of defense, social media has reacted with confusion and bewilderment. One user wrote,
Roseanne cancareless about you! Forgive your black sisters!!
Hey baby. She cared when a whole lot didn’t. I know you don’t know about that, but I do. And because of that I can’t throw her away. Even when some of my sisters want to throw me away. Love you 2 life.
Another user wrote,
what do you say to the black community who doesn’t want to support you anymore for supporting racist Roseanne?
Mo’Nique carefully responded,
I understand. Even when it’s hard and some of my ppl want to throw me away, I will never throw them away. I will stand for what I believe is right. I love my ppl for real. I can’t turn it on and off with the sway of the wind.
Mo’Nique statements follow after Barr’s first television interview after her reboot was axed due to her sending out a racist tweet back in May. During her sit down with Fox News, she was inclined to explain
her stance on the issue regarding her tweets. She said,
I’m so sorry that you thought I was racist, and that you thought my tweet was racist. Because it wasn’t; it was political. I’m sorry that you feel harmed and hurt. I never meant that. And for that I apologize. I never meant to harm or hurt anybody.
During her interview, Barr has also said she was not a racist and she will always stand up for her own voice and what she believes in.