Back in 2009, Mo'Nique said she refused to go on a press tour for Daniels' film "Precious" -- the role which won her an Academy Award -- because she allegedly only received a $50,000 paycheck and demanded more. The Oscar winner said she was "hurt" by the way she claims Winfrey, Perry, Daniels and Harvey himself treated her. According to Mo, in private, all four individuals appeared to be on her side.
"We got labeled as 'difficult' because I said one word -- and that was 'no,'" Mo'Nique said. "Now I said no to some very powerful people...the difficulty came in when people that looked like me, like Oprah, Tyler, Lee Daniels and I got to put my brother Steve on the list. Y'all knew that I was not wrong. Each one of you said to me, 'Mo'Nique, you're not wrong.' And when I heard you go on the air and said, 'My sister burned too many bridges, and it's nothing I can do for her now,' Steve, do you know how hurt I was?"
While Harvey and Mo'Nique continued to hash out their issues and "get real," things took a turn for the worse when Harvey strongly disagreed with Mo'Nique's view about money. When the "Almost Christmas" star claimed that integrity has been "lost" because people have been too focused on their finances, Harvey angrily objected.
"When you tell the truth, you have to deal with the repercussions of the truth," Harvey told Mo'Nique. "We black out here. We can't come out here and do it any way we want to. Your husband can't be the Sidney [Hicks] that he really is out here [...] This is the money game. This ain't a black man's game, this ain't a white man's game. This is the money game!"
"Before the money game, it's called the integrity game and we've lost the integrity worried about the money," Mo'Nique fired back and Harvey replied, "If I crumble, my children crumble, my grandchildren crumble. I can not for the sake of my integrity, stand up here, and let everybody that's counting on me, crumble so that I can make a statement. There are ways to win the war in a different way."
Twitter ripped Harvey over his comments, including "Sister, Sister" star Jackee Harry, who wrote, "Clearly, Steve Harvey is not a life coach. The value one places on their integrity is the exact cost it takes to be fake."
"Steve Harvey is a coward," a user tweeted. "I'm disgusted. Mo'Nique sat up there and championed integrity, and he argued integrity for money and people applauded. Y'all go give Mo'Nique your love."
Another added, "Steve Harvey telling Mo'Nique to choose money over integrity, makes me think of all the women who are told to endure sexual harassment and assault in the workplace, because it's 'the world we live in.'"
See how people reacted in the tweets below.
Clearly, Steve Harvey is not a life coach. The value one places on their integrity is the exact cost it takes to be fake.
Steve Harvey telling Mo'Nique to choose money over integrity, makes me think of all the women who are told to endure sexual harassment and assault in the workplace, because it's “the world we live in.”
Hang on... let me see if I get this straight... money over your own integrity? Is this what Steve Harvey wants to teach folks out here? 😳. Also why the need to shout over @moworldwide when she's trying to speak? pic.twitter.com/mGmxUxtcmN
Steve Harvey doesn't realize how “playing the game” has harmed generations of black folk. How that game has undervalued us from its outset. We have had to take shorts no one else would in order to provide a living for our families and what Mo'nique is saying is ENOUGH OF THAT!
What Steve Harvey's saying is true. It's just a sad and bitter pill to swallow when u trying to fight for the right thing. To be black and fight for the right to equality means to shut the door on yourself somehow 😞
Your wealth depends on your ability to mind your business.
It's so sad to watch @moworldwide lay out the case for integrity and Steve Harvey basically answer back with a roadmap to becoming a sellout in 3 easy step. Stay strong 💪🏾 sis u got a lot of support out here. pic.twitter.com/bQIrhVNIf0