Mo’Nique Salutes Will Smith For His Apology to Janet Hubert, Calls On Tyler Perry To Do The Same For Her
This week fans saw the premiere of one of the most highly-anticipated television show reunions ever, the reunion of the cast of the 1990s hit “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”. As the internet continues to buzz about BOTH Aunt Vivs being part of the special, actress and comedienne Mo’Nique has also joined in on the conversation.
Mo’Nique took to her Instagram to praise actor Will Smith for apologizing to the show’s original Aunt Vivan, actress Janet Hubert, who left the show after originating the role. Mo’Nique posted a clip of Janet Hubert talking with Will Smith about how his words and treatment affected her. She captioned her post:
Hats off to Will Smith for apologizing for what he did to Janet Huberts (everybody’s Aunt Viv) career/life when he was young. Perhaps Tyler Perry, who has admitted in private that he was wrong will follow suit & be man enough to apologize in public like he promised. We’ll work on Oprah & Lions Gate a little later. P.S. Tyler you won E! PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD for being the peoples champ for your body of work. Tell the truth about a women named Mo’Nique who did nothing wrong & be a champion for the individuals who supported your career for years….THE BLACK WOMEN
PLEASE SWIPE TO HEAR TYLER PERRY SAY IT WITH HIS OWN WORDS.
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The next slides in the post were audio clips of Tyler Perry actually speaking about Mo’Nique‘s talent, his belief that she had been treated unfairly, and an instance where he briefly considered her for a role in a film he had written. In one of the slides, Tyler Perry said:
But from me, I’m not anyone that wants to hurt or offend anybody, especially you. I think you are brilliantly talented. I think you should have a lot more happening since you won that award. I thought for sure that if you had campaigned and won it and played by their rules, what would have happened is in the Netflix deal, you would have gotten millions of dollars, then your career in film would have been much different. I believe that much in your talent.
The Oscar-winning actress has been at odds with Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey, and Lee Daniels for a number of years regarding numerous issues from her refusal to do an international press tour for the movie “Precious” to her alleged “blackballing” from the film industry.
What do you think about Mo’Nique’s request for Tyler Perry to apologize for their treatment of her? Sound off in the comments!