*Mo’Nique continues to support her “sister in comedy” Roseanne Barr and wants all of us to do the same after the former sitcom star sent her ill-fated tweet comparing a black woman to an ape.
“Roseanne Barr is my sister in comedy and she is my universal sister and what I won’t do…is throw her away for making a mistake,” Mo’Nique said on KTLA. “We’ve all said and done things, baby, that we wish we could talk back and swallow and say [‘oops’] 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 [is not true].”
Mo’Nique mentioned Barr’s early support of her talk show as a reason for her continued support.
“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,” Mo’Nique recalled. “But there was a white woman named Roseanne Barr that showed up for me when people that looked like me [didn’t].”
“That woman was giving me some beautiful words and she told me, ‘Mo’Nique, I’m going to tell you right now baby, they’re going to consider you difficult,” she continued. “They’re going to call you the B-word because you’re a woman who won’t lay down and take that foolishness.’”
Regarding Roseanne’s tweet in May that Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, who is African-American and was born in Iran, looked like the “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby,” Mo’Nique characterized the post as Barr having “made a mistake” and “said something out-of-line,” and that we should forgive her.
“Yes, my sister made a mistake and she said something that I know she wishes you could take back,” she shared before adding, “But what I would ask you is that we don’t throw her away … I know what it is … to be thrown away based on a lie.”
Back in 2014, Barr spoke to us about the lack of racial and gender diversity in standup while promoting her role as a judge on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.”
So…what do you make of those 2014 comments in light of her recent antics?