Mo'Nique gathers Sherri Shepherd - Kym Whitley backhanded compliments

Mo’Nique took to the streets of Instagram on Valentine’s Day to gather Sherri Shepherd and Kym Whitley with love after their “backhanded compliments” about her performance in the BET+ film, The Reading.

Sherri and Kym host the “Two Funny Mamas” podcast together and took a moment to talk about Mo’Nique’s latest film, in which she starred and served as one of the executive producers.

Sherri said:

This is why I hate that Mo’Nique got blackballed by Hollywood.

Mo’Nique won the Oscar for ‘Precious’ for a reason.

People underestimate comics. She’s really really good. She’s a great actress.

Now, personality-wise…she’s always getting in trouble. ALWAYS. If it’s not with another comic – DL Hughley – it’s with the industry – somebody.

But, this movie, ‘The Reading‘, with Mo’Nique!  When I tell you I almost turned it off it scared me.

But, Mo’Nique is funny in it too! It’s a horror slash damn comedy!

Mo’Nique shared the clip of the ladies giving her “backhanded compliments” and responded by writing:


Hello @sherrieshepherd and @kymwhitley
first thank you for your compliments regarding my talents and performance in “The Reading”.

I couldn’t help but notice though, that you two said, because of my personality I’m always “getting in trouble”.

You then attempted to show a connection between my personality and me being blackballed, along with the fallout I had with Brother DL Hughley. In addition, you two within the same breath mentioned how we as comics are “underestimated”.

First thing, kids with their parents, criminals with the law, and slaves with their masters, get into trouble, and last time I checked, I don’t fit into any of these categories to get in trouble with anyone mentioned, do you two?

When you two say “we as comics are underrated”, and you Sherrie, Kim and I are ironically all black female comics, why do you think we’re “underrated”?

My personality is of such where I have to speak up and out against injustices, so we can stop being as you both said, “underrated.

And if you notice I haven’t ever started a conversation about you two that involved any negativity in any way in all of the years I’ve known you two.

Check my resume’ I don’t go knocking on anyones door saying things I can’t substantiate, but some people have a problem with me because when they knock on my door with BS. I answer.

Anytime the team of you two sisters would like to speak with the team of my husband and I, we welcome it. Thank you two again for the compliments, though backhanded, and please know regardless, I still love you both to life, “sisters”!


See Mo’s original post below that also includes a clip (see also “receipt”) of Kym Whitley talking about how she plans to reach out to “her friend” Mo’Nique and how she “makes sense” with a lot of things that she says.

Get into it below.

Whether you agree with Mo’Nique or not – one thing you can’t ever say is she doesn’t directly address folks and give them the opportunity to sit down and discuss their issues and/or critiques of her face-to-face.

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  1. Lol, Monique (PERIODT.) Love the way you dissected the conversation. And pointed out how the negative comments contradicts the positive. We call that (Slick Shade). However, you caught it, and addressed the situation appropriately. I’m learning you have to teach people how to treat you and this was a lesson learned.

  2. Me personally, I love any type of horror movie horse in it but I love the way Monique at like a psychotic person leave her alone and just let her do her great movie Monique don’t worry about all those haters

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