During a recent interview with Comedy Hype, the comic actress discussed her own battle with her mental health and how her husband, and later on, their podcast, “‘Mo’Nique And Sidney’s Open Relationship,” has helped with that. But when the interviewer mentioned that “The Breakfast Club” host is a proponent of Black people looking after their mental health, she burst into laughter.
“I won’t even accept that, that he is advocating for mental illness,” she says. “Stop it, Lenard. … Lenard, you’re advocating for mental illness?”
The comic then expounded on why she had that response.
“I’ve seen and heard the destruction that that brother has done in our community,” she explains. “I’ve heard the poison that he’s pulled out over that air in our community. Now, everyone is allowed to change. Everyone can wake up and say, ‘You know what, I now see it differently.’ But I think that the only way that we make change in our community is to first acknowledge that we were part of the damage. … I think that that brother played a big part in the destruction of our community.”
Her husband, Sidney Hicks, cut in to say he feels Charla has a “lack of empathy” and that there’s “a level of consideration for people that I haven’t seen him give” for his interview subjects. He also said the radio host doesn’t have the life experience to be an authority to speak as an expert on subjects like mental health due to his apparent dearth of compassion.
Back in February 2018, Mo’Nique visited Charlamange on “The Breakfast Club” and responded to his designation of her as the “Donkey of the Day” after her call to boycott Netflix. The comedienne took issue with the streaming service in 2017 over what she said was unfair pay for a proposed comedy special.
“What happens is, when you’re basing off of what you’re assuming,” she said. “And then you give me a title of Donkey of the Day … Is your mother still alive? … And you’re from what city in South Carolina? … Moncks Corner, South Carolina. And if I was to call your mother or your grandmother would they tell me stories of inequality that they had to deal with? … So would your mother be a donkey? Would your grandmother be a donkey?”
After catching wind of the comedian’s new interview, the radio host responded on “The Breakfast Club.”
“I’m praying for Mo’Nique. I want Mo’Nique to find the healing she needs. She’s been talking about the same things and the same people for the last 15 years,” he says.
“I’m new to the conversation but the Oprah, the Tyler Perry, the Lee Daniels, everybody else is always the problem and even if those people did her wrong, she gotta let that hurt go ’cause its not good for her mental health. I really do pray that she finds it in her heart to forgive them because that’s the only way she’s gonna find peace because I don’t hear a woman who’s at peace.
Charlamagne also seemingly responded to Mo’Nique with a recent Instagram post. He simply wrote “.” in the caption.
Check out what Mo’Nique had to say below.