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Lee Daniels finally opened up on why Mo’Nique’s blackballed claim. Check out the video below.

“During the [Oscar] campaign, she was making unreasonable demands, and I remember thinking ‘this is when reverse racism happens,” Daniels told Lemon. “I told her, ‘You have to thank the producers of the film, you have to thank the studios.’ And I think she didn’t understand that, and I said, ‘People aren’t going to respond well if you don’t.”

“This is not just ‘show’. It’s ‘show business,‘” he emphasized. “And you’ve gotta play ball, and you can’t scream — I don’t like calling the race card. I don’t believe in it. If I buy into it, it becomes real. If I knew what I knew when I was 21, I wouldn’t be where I’m at right now.

“Some people call that ‘selling out,’” Lemon noted.

“Well, I guess I’m a sellout,” Daniels responded. “But I’m not going to not work, and I’m not going to not tell my truth. And I’m not going to call people out on their bull. So whatever that means, sell out. I’ll see you in the theaters.”

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  • Khrish

    Seems as though Lee Daniels sort of dispelled all that talk about his being anti Black women on the show Wednesday night, didn’t it? I loved the show and speaking to the “elephant” in the room really denied all the “stereotyped females roles” being discussed on this page. or am I mistaken? The words, “The minute you showed up at my house with that white woman, I knew I couldn’t trust you” albeit Terrance is married to a (non-Black) woman. He’s the one that everyone says is difficult to work with. I read that Taraji worked hard to get him in that part, and he’s doing a damn good job at the role. That script took a turn that I don’t think anyone expected. As one poster said, “after those lines, I felt we now have a show for “us”.
    Daniels and his partners flipped that script with perfection. I love it.