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Precious: Oscar winner slams Netflix for $500,000 offer

MO'NIQUE is calling for fans and followers to boycott Netflix, claiming the streaming service is guilty of gender and colour bias.

The Oscar-winning actress, 50, claimed in an Instagram video that Netflix recently offered her a $US500,000 [$625,000 AUD] deal for a comedy special, while other comedians such as Amy Schumer and Dave Chappelle received $13 million and $20 million.

Mo'Nique said she went back to Netflix and asked about the pay disparity, also citing Chris Rock's reported $20 million-per-special deal.

"'Well, we believe that's what Mo'Nique would bring,'" she recalled executives telling her. "I said, 'What about my resumé?' 'We don't go off of resumes.'"

The Precious star then asked what made Schumer worth millions, and Netflix allegedly cited her two sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden and a hit summer movie. "Is that not Amy Schumer's resumé?" she asked, rhetorically.

Mo'nique celebrates her Oscar for a Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for Prescious.
Mo'nique celebrates her Oscar for a Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for Prescious.

Mo'Nique says Netflix ended its conversation by telling her that she, too, is a "legend".

"Then why shouldn't I get what the legends are getting?" she said in the video.

A spokesman for Netflix told Page Six, "We don't comment on contract negotiations."

Currently, Netflix has a Mo'Nique special airing on its service titled, I Coulda Been Your Cellmate.

This isn't the first time the stand-up comedian has lashed out about pay disparity, as she previously slammed Oprah Winfrey, Lee Daniels and Tyler Perry for blackballing her in Hollywood.

"I know they like to say, 'Mo'Nique, you talk too motherf**kin' much.' It would kill me not to say the real s**t … You are not paying me equally," she said during her performance at the Apollo Theatre in May.

"You are not treating me fairly, so you can suck my di*k if I had one."

This article was originally published on the New York Post

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