Gabourey Sidbie breaks her silence in the midst of Mo’Nique and Lee Daniel’s back-and-forth over Mo being blackballed from Hollywood. Find out what she said and get the highlights of Kanye West’s lecture at Oxford University inside….
As Mo’Nique and Lee Daniels conduct interviews about the Oscar winning actress being blackballed from Hollywood, one star from the film Precious is speaking out.
“Empire” star Gabourey Sidibe (who starred as Precious in the film) took to her Twitter today to address the drama unfolding between Mo’nique and director Lee Daniels. Mo and Lee have been going back-in-forth in interviews over Mo’nique being blackballed from the industry after winning the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role in Precious.
Hmm…so who is she saying is lying? Mo or Lee?
We broke down what Mo’nique told CNN’s Don Lemon about not necessarily being “blackballed” from the industry, but instead low balled. While chatting with Don, she responded the “demands” Lee Daniels claimed she requested that caused folks in Hollywood to turn their backs on her. She revealed there were no demands. She said she was paid $50K to do the film and when the studio asked her to fly to the Cannes Film Festival to do promotions (at her own expense), she declined.
In a new interview with “Good Morning America,” Mo says she believes Lee hinted at her being difficult because she didn’t give thanks to the producers during her Oscar acceptance speech. She explained,
“He said, ‘You know, there were things that, Mo’Nique, she didn’t thank the producers and she didn’t thank the studio. And that’s just not things that you do,’” she recounted. “Well, it had nothing to do with the producers nor the studio. Mr. Daniels had a problem that I didn’t say his name the night of the Oscars awards.”
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In other news….
Kanye West is still overseas in the UK. And today, he traveled to Oxford University Museum of Natural History to deliver a speech to college students apart of the Oxford Guild Society about a number of things.
Following the release of his new track “All Day,” Yeezy (spotted above leaving his hotel en route to the university) stood before students today (banning all cellphones) to let them in a little more about who Kanye West is and what is current thoughts are. He discussed how Nicki Minaj was the best thing to happen to his 2010 My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album, he talked about comparing himself to legendary figures (i.e. Pablo Picasso), how the film The Matrix being the new Bible for the post-information age and how classism is today’s biggest problem.
Below are the highlights:
On Nicki Minaj:
“One of the most memorable things about MBDTF was Nicki Minaj, and the fact that she kicked my ass, on my own song, on one of the best albums…the best album – I’m just saying what the critics said – of the last 25 years. The best album of the past 25 years that I spent a year and a half making, out there. I was exiled from my country, it was a personal exile, but exile. To come back and deliver my magnum opus of a work, and to be outshined…to be beat by a girl, basically.
On comparing himself to iconic figures
“My goal, if I was going to do art, fine art, would have been to become Picasso or greater. That always sounds so funny to people, comparing yourself to someone in the past that has done so much, and in your life you’re not even allowed to think that you can do as much. That’s a mentality that suppresses humanity.
On The Matrix being the “new” Bible:
“What I said was The Matrix is like the Bible of the post-information age. I compared it like, when the hundred guys come at Neo, those are opinions, that’s perception, that’s tradition. Attacking people from every which angle possible. If you have a focus wide and master senseis like Laurence Fishburne and you have a squad behind you, you literally can put the world in slow motion.”
“That idea [racism], has passed. We’ve had The Cosby Show, Obama’s president, Beyonce’s great…that’s passed. But there’s still something you’re taught every day, especially in the UK, and that’s division by class. Our main focus, in my opinion…Imagine a world with no war, and imagine if everyone’s main focus, more so than going out to a club, their main focus was to help someone else.
On clothing costing too much money:
“It’s illegal to not wear clothes, and also possibly too cold. That means someone is imposing an idea on you that should legally have to do! Clothing should be like food. There should never be a $5000 sweater. You know what should cost $5000? A car should be $5000. And you know who should work on the car? The people that work on the $500,000 cars. All the best talent in the world needs to work for the people. And I am so f*cking serious about this concept that I will stand in front of anyone and fight for it. Because I was 14 and middle class. I know what it felt like to not get what I have.”
Read his full highlights here.