Paul Mooney joined the TJMS to talk about his latest show at the Addison Improv, however, after briefly poking fun at Sybil Wilkes for visiting the Mayan Ruins, Tom opened a can of worms asking the comedic legend about his opinion on the new movie “Django Unchained.”

Read Mooney’s response below.

TOM JOYNER: Hey Paul, you seen Tarantino’s movie?


PAUL MOONEY:  I don’t have to go see that.  (Laughter)

SYBIL WILKES:  How did we know that?

PAUL MOONEY:  I don’t want to see that mess.  Have you seen it?


PAUL MOONEY:  Are you going?

TOM JOYNER:  Tomorrow.

PAUL MOONEY:  Good luck.

SYBIL WILKES:  Jay’s seen it twice.

PAUL MOONEY:  You’re kidding?

TOM JOYNER:  Sybil seen it three times.

PAUL MOONEY:  Does the ending change?  Or it’s the same ending?

TOM JOYNER:  Same ending.

PAUL MOONEY:  I don’t get it, I don’t, I just, I …

TOM JOYNER:  They say half of the $77 million that it’s done so far came from black folks.


TOM JOYNER:  And the other half came from some really brave white people.

PAUL MOONEY:  I think they released that as a video first.  I think, no, I think is, yeah, I think they released it and they brought it back, this is not the first time they’d shown this.


SYBIL WILKES:  Oh, really?

PAUL MOONEY:  Yeah.  That’s what I, that’s the feeling I get, I think they, yeah, they do.  You know, the black exploitation crap, they released it, outside of this country, you know, and all of that, and then they bring it back and then they pretend like it’s an opening.


PAUL MOONEY:  They bring it back, so you know, who, how do you make a movie about slavery?  I don’t, I don’t get that.  I don’t get it, you know?

TOM JOYNER:  How do you make a movie about slavery?

PAUL MOONEY:  Yeah.  And then someone’s killing someone, is it about slavery?  What is it about?

SYBIL WILKES:  It is about a man who was freed, a black man who was enslaved …

PAUL MOONEY:  Thank you …

SYBIL WILKES:  … and he was freed.

PAUL MOONEY:  … y’all up there talking about slavery like you don’t, look, here, how do you make a movie about slavery?  We should’ve learned our lesson from “Roots.”

TOM JOYNER:  So this is a parody?

PAUL MOONEY:  I would think so.  I haven’t seen it, but that’s what I would think.  You know, I don’t, listen, first of all, people who run around telling you about your experience, you know, real white people, fake white people …you can’t tell me about my experience.  You know?

SYBIL WILKES:  He said real white people, and fake.

PAUL MOONEY:  Yeah.  Talk about, tell me about you.  Tell me about your life.  You understand?  That’s interesting.  Stop telling, if you’re not an Indian, don’t tell me about Indians.  (Laughter) That’s just the way.  You know?  You understand?

TOM JOYNER:  Yeah.  Makes sense.

PAUL MOONEY:  That just takes nerve.


PAUL MOONEY:  That takes nerve.  But I can understand it makes money, you know?

SYBIL WILKES:  It’s making a lot of money.

PAUL MOONEY:  Go ahead.

TOM JOYNER:  You’re a person who appreciates the N word more than probably anybody, you probably made more money using the N word than anyone.  And they, the controversy is that Tarantino uses the N word so much in the movie that some people are saying that he has no right to do that.  Like how many times, Sybil, is it?

SYBIL WILKES:  Oh, Jay said it’s over a hundred times.

J. ANTHONY BROWN:  Oh, yeah.  Easily.

PAUL MOONEY:  Well, he has a right to use it.  He has the right to use it.

SYBIL WILKES:  You think so?

PAUL MOONEY:  Yeah.  Yeah.  Yeah.  He does.


PAUL MOONEY:  Isn’t he a Jew?

SYBIL WILKES:  I don’t know what Tarantino is.

PAUL MOONEY:  I would think so.  I would think so.  Wouldn’t you?

PAUL MOONEY:  So he has the right to use it.

SYBIL WILKES:  I suppose.

PAUL MOONEY:  Yeah, he’s a nigger, so he can use it.  (LAUGHTER) Did I say that?  Oh, I’m so sorry.

SYBIL WILKES:  Yeah, you did.  (Laugh)

TOM JOYNER:  Yeah, you did.

PAUL MOONEY:  I’m so sorry.  I, oh, I’m sorry, I apologize for me and Terrance.  That’s so funny.  Terrance, Terrance used it, and he’s brave, and he’s courageous.  I use it and I’m a criminal, I’m sorry.

Isn’t it interesting?  The double triple standards.  Yeah?  Isn’t it interesting.  And I’ve been using it a lot longer than him.  And I’m a lot older than him.  You know.  If he says it he’s courageous and a hero.  If I say it I’m an enemy to the state.  I should be arrested.  Okay.  It’s okay.  But it’s interesting.  I don’t, you know, I don’t, it’s alright, it’s okay, because I’m reversing it on him.  I’m going to make me a movie.

SYBIL WILKES:  What are you going to do?

PAUL MOONEY:  I’m going to make me a movie about white folks.  I’m going to tell, I’m gonna tell their story.

TOM JOYNER: If they can tell ours, you’re gonna tell theirs.

SYBIL WILKES:  You can tell theirs.

PAUL MOONEY:  Yeah, I’m gonna tell theirs, that’s the truth.



SYBIL WILKES:  So you have it all worked have you?

PAUL MOONEY:  Oh, I got it all worked out, yeah.

TOM JOYNER:  The movie practically writes itself?

PAUL MOONEY:  Yeah!  (LAUGHTER) Oh!  Oh, of course.

TOM JOYNER:  This is easy money?

PAUL MOONEY:  Oh, yeah, yeah.

TOM JOYNER:  It’s easy work?

PAUL MOONEY:  Yeah, it’s going to be like, what is that nighttime soap opera?  It’s going to be like that nighttime soap opera.

SYBIL WILKES:  Like Dallas?

PAUL MOONEY:  Yeah, like that.  Oh, yeah, we’ll go on and on and on.  Just, for about 400 years. Payback is great, ain’t it?  What goes around comes around.  I think that’s what I’ll call it.

No, just, you know, even like us discussing it, I mean, it’s like … I just think his films are interesting.  They’re just, they tell on black people on what those people can get, I call those people, black people to do.  But you can’t get them to do it.  These same films that have been made, if you, as a director and a write tried to get some black folks, they would jump on you and beat you up, and tell you that they’re disrespecting them.  You do know that.


PAUL MOONEY:  Let’s pretend like we never saw those films, and you would go to a black actor and tell them this is what I want you to do.  You know?  And you’ll get an Academy award.  You’re going get raped, you know, in all those movies, all that crap.  It would never happen.  It would never happen.

TOM JOYNER:  What’s going to happen to you?

Paul Mooney:  No, it just won’t happen.

TOM JOYNER:  You’ll be raped, beaten.

PAUL MOONEY:  Yeah.  And then he goes and gets those black people that, you know, from those way back in the day that we’ve forgotten exist and brings them back up and have them do crazy stuff.  He gets them to do anything.  I think, I think he’s like Dracula, he can get them to do anything.  (LAUGHTER)


PAUL MOONEY:  That’s the truth.

TOM JOYNER:  Thank you, Paul.


TOM JOYNER:  For breaking it down like that.

PAUL MOONEY:  But, look, it’s, look, we talk about it, and even us discussing it, it’s disgusting.  It’s just, it’s just, no, it is, it’s too much for me.  Do you know, you know what I mean?  No, it is.  It is.  It’s just even being just, being a part of it, a silent part, or a verbal part, yeah, it’s just.  Don’t you find it, don’t you find it annoying?  Did you see it?  Huh?  You saw it?  How many times?

J. ANTHONY BROWN:  Six times.


PAUL MOONEY:  Did you like it?

TOM JOYNER:  Yeah, he loved it.

PAUL MOONEY:  No, I’m not talking to he, I’m talking to she, did you love it?  The lady with …

TOM JOYNER:  Well, Paul is, while Paul is on a private conversation, let me remind the people that Paul is appearing in, at the Improv … and Paul …

PAUL MOONEY:  Yeah, at the Improv.  Yeah, did you say I’m having a private conversation?  I’m here talking to your lady friends.  How is this private?  There’s one, two, three, four, five women here, and I’m in a private conversation?  You Dracula.  (LAUGHTER) I’m having a, you’re black Dracula.  Or was it Blacula?

SYBIL WILKES:  Blacula.  Yeah.

PAUL MOONEY:  Blacula.  I love that.

TOM JOYNER:  Alright, Paul.

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29 thoughts on “Paul Mooney is Not Supporting ‘Django Unchained’

  1. Paul mooney and spike lee are entiltled, to there opinions, but hey quentin, tarrintino. has done
    it again, the movie was wonderful, well acted, even down to the scenery, and if they had any sense
    then they would know that is how it was back in that day,, when steven speilberg did the color purple
    nobody even reconized it,, Paul you need to stick to comedy, and stop passing judgement
    if you had any sense, you would at least try to start classes on african american history to teach
    are next generation, how it really happened, because I’m sure you know, that THe N word did not
    come from us,, spike lee, stop being so envious, and jealous, your slip is showing, baby,,
    get your lives together, and stop dissing, the movie and sit down and go and see it,, and open
    up your mind, and try to think out-side the box,,,

  2. Amber3 on said:

    I think many blacks need to know NOT ALL BLACKS THINK ALIKE. Blacks DO NOT have to agree. If Paul feels the way that he does, Paul is ENTITLED just like other blacks are entitled to like the movie. Blacks can talk about how they like it just like blacks like Paul are entitlted to talk against it. YOu can not tell Paul to “shut up” about his views that is against the movie while all of you talk about yours views that favor the movie. Some folks are saying go see the movie, while Paul is saying “do not go”. It is all the same thing. TO each is his own and everyone black can say what they want about movie, good or bad.

  3. Gwilakers on said:

    There is a very important scene where the slavemaster asks and answers why the slave doesn’t rise up and take his freedom .The answer basically is still true today .It’s the way we think.

  4. bidweez on said:

    Paul is 100% correct. What bothers me is the fact these three black people are dancing around the movie, and not saying how they really feel,which tells me they are still in chains.

  5. ggreensgirl on said:

    I saw it and it was a good movie with a good story and plot. I didn’t find it offensive in any way, and I don’t think the “N” word was used gratuitously. I agree with another commenter who stated that it was an action movie with a black hero set in pre-Civil War times. I also agree that it was heartening to see a black man risking his life to recover his wife. So all the haters who haven’t even seen the movie should either see it or shut up about it until they do.

    • Gwilakers on said:

      U colored folk who praise Q Tarantino 4 Django.Remember he has made a fortune answer career off black folk and the N word.What is funny is if a prominent white person uses the N word its OK but let an average brother say it and u r discusted.

      • Amber3 on said:

        Thank you. If Rush Limburgh makes his comments, I hope these same black folks say Rush is ok as well. You can not have it both ways.

  6. Paul Mooney hasn’t made anything good since Sanford and Son. Do us all a favor and retire out the spot light. You are an embarrassment to the black community.

    • Amber3 on said:

      Well, Mike some folks like Paul say this movie is embarrassing to blacks. So Paul’s views is just as important as yours.

    • Amber3 on said:

      Sike and Paul can say whatever they want just like can say what you want. Spike and Paul does not have to like this producer just because YOU like him and vice versa.

  7. Lord Arkadie on said:

    I think that Paul Mooney should go and see the film, he sound idiotic. He thought that “Django” was a slavery parody. No body on the show told him that it’s Black Hero film that takes place before the Civil War. Paul Mooney’s comments made no sense, it didn’t fit the movie.

  8. nehes baa rayay on said:

    i think i’m smart enough to read a summary and find what the film is all about..i’m just sayin’ and furthermore…just when we as a people look as if we’re ready to learn something more to our story..we get reminded of the GOOD OLE’ AMERICA KIDNAPPING AND TORTURE of Negroid people. are you aware of FREE NEGROID MEN THAT NEVERED EXPERIECED “SLAVERY” AS IT’S BEING CALLED while this period was happening with some of our people.. you had Dark skinned, Wooly Haired Indigenous tribes and Dark skinned,Wooly Haired Negroids that sailed over here from Northwest Africa called the Moors that were protected by treaties HERE IN AMERICA while this atrocity was going on!!! THAT’S WHY AN “ENTERTAINING”(as most call it) FILM LIKE THIS SO DISRESPECTFUL

  9. i love paul mooney but he had no idea what he was talking about this morning on the tjms. maybe he should’ve watched the film before he shot off his mouth about something he had no clue about. it’s a shame he turned people away from the film and he had not even seen it and apparently still has no idea of what it’s really all about.

  10. I didn’t hear the Paul Mooney commentary this morning, but from reading it, and I don’t mean to be smart ass about it, Paul Mooney seemed downright ignorant. Sounded like he couldn’t even verbalize what he was trying to say, and he gave no valid reason for not wanting to see the movie. Time for our black entertainers to stick together and stop denigrating one another.

  11. Laurie on said:

    I think Mr. Mooney is entitled to his opinion, but black people in America need to sometimes be reminded of where we can from and how hard it was/is to get where we are. If this is the vehicle to make black person stop and think maybe we can save one black person from being killed in our neighborhood. Just a thought………

  12. I did see Django unchained and I for one did not find it offensive. Sure the N-word was used but that’s what they(whites) called us in the slavery period. I take offense at the Black comedians,rappers,and everyday people embracing it in today’s society to refer to each other. At least, in Django Unchained, it showed how a proud Black man unchained who wanted his black woman back,would go through hell to get her back and was not chasing after Becky…..Go see the movie and then form your own opinion. Spike Lee when will you your next movie appear. Make one about the true white man. I will be first in line to see it…..

  13. SWACDADDY&* on said:

    They need to make a movie when those Slaves was freed and how they killed, raped and burn down those Plantation across the South and how the Masa Wives had sex with those Mandingo Slaves when the Masa was away….

    • Now that would be a heck of a movie! It would never get to the theater, heck it wouldn’t even be allowed as an Independent nominee! Straight to DVD, maybe if they didn’t assassinate the director and black ball all the actors first! The problem is that it would be the TRUTH! “The TRUTH shall set you free!” Means the freedom only comes in death!

  14. It’s entertainment. If this sort of entertainment floats your boat, sail away. Paul, just like everyone else, is entitled to his opinion and ironically enough he is touching on valid issues whether you think he is part of the problem or not. I think what he is saying definitely muddies the water and one should question whether it is the time, place, or battle that should be fight. Paul’s criticism is probably more of an attempt to raise attention to his upcoming performances and to stay relevant as a comedian as he ages. To comment on another comment posted here, the black community has never been so divided and continues to move farther apart which is primarily the reason that the ills of society thrive so greatly within them. The selfishness and ignorance that engulfs the black community will continue to ensure its inferiority. It is rather disgusting anymore to read posts from “outraged” folks who are more than likely not taking any actions towards actually making a difference in the community but are first in line to TALK about what is wrong and what should be done.

  15. Well i think it’s time for someone like Spike Lee or some other blacks in the business to get together and make some black informational movies that teach us of our past. Movies that show our great positive past of how we were Kings and Queens, great inventors, etc. Believe me there is a plethora of material to draw from. So instead of the bitching and complaining about what others do to reflect our image, step up and put some material together and introduce it to our people. We do have some rich history, and our people especially the young need to know it. Hell, all folks need to know it. I think it would make a big difference in the life’s of our young people to know that they come from something historical and dynamic. Maybe then they would realize that they are somebody and start loving themselves more and start loving each other more. And everyone needs to know how we have helped in shaping this world. So to the complainers who are in the film industry and those just sitting on the porch, in a position to make a difference. Step up and help stop what so many believe is the brainwashing of black folks.

  16. Paul did nothing but a bunch of useless rambling trying to find the funny. Sad that some will not see the movie based on his opinion. See it before you judge it. I’d say it was more of a western with slavery overtones.

  17. Jerald on said:

    I’m shocked they printed the transcript considering they edited the excerpt on playback. I knew something was missing. They should know by now that Paul Mooney is a free man and didn’t get paid the big advertising bucks the TJMS, BET, TVOne, The Root, etc… got to promote the movie (I doubt he would have accepted the “bribe” and played ball if it had been offered.) You can’t anticipate what he’s going to say/what his reaction is to something. Don’t get antsy and rush him off the air just because his opinion doesn’t match yours. Otherwise, why invite him on the show in the first place? Next time, stick with a safe comedian who says what you want them to say.

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  19. Deba Singleton on said:

    There have been times in the past when I’ve agreed with Paul Mooney on issues pretaining to us and our standing in America, however this is not one of those times. We keep saying we want equality for this or that but we have not learned to separate when it is appropriate to take a stand and when it’s appropriate to just see things for what they are. I see this as a movie with more entertainment value than a history lesson on slavery. The people are acting out a script, so what if the director is white, it’s just a movie, I haven’t seen it but I plan to this weekend. If I find it to be offensive then that will be a judgement call I will make at that time. Mr. Mooney is entitled to his opinion and there have been times when I’ve listened to his stand-up and found him more offensive to blacks than the characters in this movie. I’ve seen some of the promos for the movie and I’m looking forward to seeing it.

  20. Hopefully people are not going to this movie, spike Lee, or any other movie to get a black history lesson. I feel ashamed and dumbfounded at the reaction of our black community. We bitch when hollywood is not offering jobs to black actors and so on now we bitch when a fictional black character kicks a white a mans ass what do you want

    • Jerald on said:

      I think the heart of his argument is our not being in control of our image and our unhealthy reliance/submissiveness re: white people. He is right that if the movie was a black movie (not a Tarantino fronted movie) there would be (1) more protests from the black community and (2) it wouldn’t get done at all. The reliance/submissiveness feeds into the defective aspects of black culture – we don’t make anything an issue because the white man has to make it an issue first. We spend more time complaining about and being ashamed of other blacks than getting the job done ourselves.

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