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Iyanla Vanzant was asked to weigh in on the Mo’Nique/Netflix boycott controversy and the mixed reactions to the comedian’s fight for equality.

According to Vanzant, this situation is much bigger than Mo’s plight.

“Why are we surprised that she’s asking people to acknowledge that they diminish and demean us?” Iyanla asked when Madame Noire requested she speak on the situation. “They do it every day. The president of the country relegated us to the sh-thole, so why are we surprised at this? The question becomes what are we going to do about it?”

OWN’s darling life coach went on to say, “Mo’Nique can’t fight that battle by herself and people will not stand up for the battle or not stand up for the cause because it’s Mo’Nique, well, it didn’t start with Mo’Nique. So either we’re going to do it or we’re not, but don’t make this about Mo’Nique. It’s not about Mo’Nique.”

She added, “Mo’Nique is just saying what other people have refused to say.”

Speaking to pay disparities, Iyanla continued to point out reasons why Monique deserves our support.

“Number one, we keep acting like we’re shocked and surprised that we still living in a racist country when the president can talk about bad hombres and sh-thole countries, what is that? Why aren’t we doing something about that right there? The mere fact that brown people in this country, that we have relegated to Mexicans and we forget about Dominicans and Salvadoreans and Panamanians and all the cocoa brown people that he called bad hombres, we know that they get paid less than everybody else. So if we let them pay the brown people less, why do we think they won’t pay the Black people less? I don’t understand.”

Do you think Iyanla is right when she says this battle isn’t really about Mo’Nique?



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5 thoughts on “Iyanla Vanzant Says Mo’Nique Can’t Fight Netflix Alone

  1. African American Woman on said:

    Support for what???? Money is money…when you work for someone else, they will pay you What they feel you are worth, plain and simple…black folks who feel they are being underpaid, start your own companies or start holding black owned comonaies, who we support accountable…

  2. I agree that Mo has a valid point about the pay disparities even among the people she mentioned. I disagree that it is racism in THIS SITUATION. I think Netflix is in business to make money and they made a decision that with that offer they can make X amount of dollars, perhaps that was there first offer with the expectation she would counter offer or negotiate. According to Tiffany, her deal was “inked” before Mo’s boycott. I do not have Netflix now, but because I like watching certain shows only, I plan to get rid of cable and subscribe to one of the streaming services, (I know I’m late, millions have already done so). I do see great things coming from Mo’s position because it’s started the disparity’s in pay conversations. SN: I do agree with Iyanla, blacks in this country are diminished and devalued every single day and we don’t speak out about it.

  3. Iylana is right , the issue is bigger than Monique, but because Monique is attempting to bring pay disparities to the forefront, it’s a problem . And where are the civil right groups on this issue? Also they didn’t say much after trump openly let the world know what he thinks about people of color and I believe he included all of us when he mentioned sh…hold countries.

  4. Mac Ben on said:

    What did the black networks/promoters offer Mo’? Why are we always seeking acceptance/money/approval from the white man?? How many white folks cry about not being on black mag covers? in black movies? receiving BET Awards?? Winning Miss Black America contests??

  5. Ted Gravely on said:

    I love how sisters Wanda and Iyanla are supporting Mo’Nique. It’s powerful when you know you’re not alone and you have support. I hope Mo keeps fighting because while it may not change her situation, it may help those that follow. Mo has it in her mind that she is worth more than they offered and the terms and conditions weren’t in her favor. She has every right to put them on blast. I’ll speak for myself when I say that it’s hard to turn off Nexflix just because of her challenges. Outward appearances indicate that it appears to be a business decision. Like she is selling goods and services that they can’t use right now. Should they be forced to pay for something that will not get return on investment? Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle were paid 20M. Tiffany just inked a deal. So is it racism, gender discrimination or what? I don’t have to have Netflix, but I just think the company isn’t enthusiastic about Mo, so they presented her a lowball take it or leave it proposition. Still nice that the sisters are unified.

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