Mo’nique has been the name on everyone’s lips since she took to The Hollywood Reporter to reveal that she was blackballed from Hollywood.
The actress, whose nearly three decade long career was highlighted by an Academy Award win for “Best Supporting Actress” at the 2010 Academy Awards for her role in ‘Precious,’ found it increasingly difficult to find work after the industry recognition.
‘Empire’ director Lee Daniels believes he knows why and blames the ‘Parkers’ diva’s “reverse racism” as the cause. Click below to hear him sound off on the unfortunate incident:
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“She was making unreasonable demands, and she wasn’t thinking — this was when reverse racism was happening, I think,” he said. “You have to thank the producers of the film, you have to thank the studio, and she didn’t understand that. I love her, I’ve spoken to her. She’s brilliant, and I love working with brilliant people.”
“Sometimes artists get in their own way — I know I certainly do often, I have my own demons. I think that there were demands that were made on the Precious campaign that everyone knows hurt her. I told her that.”
“I don’t like calling the race card; if I buy into it, then it’s real,” he said. – Lee Daniels, 2015