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Sheryl Lee Ralph On Mo’Nique’s Hollywood “Black-Listing”: ‘Sometimes You Need To Shut Up’


Earlier this week Mo’nique came out and talked about how Lee Daniels clued her in on why she wasn’t getting roles, she writes: “But I got a phone call from Lee Daniels…And he said to me, ‘Mo’Nique, you’ve been blackballed.’ I said, ‘Why?’ And he said, ‘Because you didn’t play the game.'”

You know Lee Daniels is salty that Mo’nique didn’t thank him in her Oscar speech, he’s in on her blackballing as well. The tea is the reason why Mo’Nique really got blackballed is because she pissed off Oprah….. End of story!

Now Sheryl Lee Ralph is chiming in on what Mo’nique is speaking and she’s saying that sometimes you need to learn when to speak:
Ralph, 58, briefly shared TV time with Mo’Nique aboard the Urban family comedy ‘Moesha’ and is now sharing some harsh advice for her friend regarding the matter.Hear her stance below:

“What’s interesting about that is, she didn’t campaign. I wonder, do you think that they would blackball Tom Hanks for not campaigning for a movie? The game is different for women.” “We don’t know what was going on with that person,” Ralph said. “She might have been in a state of her mind where she said, ‘I cannot go out there and do this with all these people without causing harm to myself.’ We don’t know what was going on in her mind.” “A whole lot of actors are difficult. And there’s a whole lot of actors who are mean and terrible, but they work all the time,” Ralph said. “It goes back to who likes you, who wants to be in your kind of crazy company. Who wants to give you money in hopes they’ll get something back on the return on your madness. And sometimes you just need to shut up, sit there and look pretty … But I think this is a setup for a comeback.” “Now, when she comes back she better be as tiny as you…She don’t need to be Mo’Nique anymore, because obviously what she was did not work. So she better come back brand new. That’s what they’re waiting for. And if a big-time producer says to you, ‘You have been blackballed,’ what he is really doing is looking at you and saying, ‘You ain’t never working with me again.’”

In response to Mo’Nique, Daniels said in a statement to THR:
“Mo’Nique is a creative force to be reckoned with. Her demands through Precious were not always in line with the campaign. This soured her relationship with the Hollywood community. I consider her a friend. I have and will always think of her for parts that we can collaborate on, however the consensus among the creative teams and powers thus far were to go another way with these roles.”



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