The Audience Is Not Laughing At The Comedians Freedom Of Speech
By: Faith J.
Mo'Nique is an American actress and comedian who has an estimated net worth of $13 million. Mo'Nique was a featured comedian on many shows including, "Showtime at the Apollo," "Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam," and "Thank God You're Here." Mo'Nique hosted the 2003, 2004, and 2007 BET Awards. As an actress, Mo'Nique appeared in films "Phat Girlz," "Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins," "Soul Plane," "Domino," "Baby Boy," "Two Can Play That Game," "3 Strikes," "Half Past Dead," and "Precious." Mo'Nique won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as the villainous Mary Lee Johnston in "Precious." Mo'Nique had a late-night talk show on BET, "The Mo'Nique Show, from 2009 to 2011. But, shortly after the wave of success settled, Mo'Nique's voice spoke out on every outlet possible. The Oscar winner said she was blacklisted by influential people, after she refused to campaign for the award-winning 2009 film Precious, without receiving additional pay.
The issue of Hollywood discarding comedians like Mo'Nique, Jeff Foxworthy, Larry The Cable Guy, Goerge Lopez, DL Hughley, Eddie Murphy, Charlie Murphy, Dave Chappelle, and many others have slowly gained attention. Until now!
The audience is not laughing at the comedian's freedom of speech. Public opinion is the aggregate of individual attitudes or beliefs held by the adult population and the sophisticated collection of views of many different people and the sum of all their aspects. Whereas, Freedom of Speech is the right to express any opinions without censorship or restraint. Can the two work together?
Seth Rogen, Nick Cannon, and Ellen DeGeneres are viewed as crossing the line and abusing their dominant position. Rogen continues to share his opinions about serious issues with millions of people. Cannon made remarks that were viewed as anti-semitic on his podcast. DeGeneres has distanced herself from the accusations made by past and present employees which included racism, fear, and intimidation.
For instance, Rogen explained during a very well recognized podcast, that he was "fed a huge amount of lies about Israel" growing up, and he now questions the legitimacy of the Jewish state's existence.
In Cannon's case, he was terminated from his place of employment for promoting hateful speech and spreading anti-semitic conspiracy theories. Page Six reported that Cannon promoted fringe anti-semitic conspiracy theories about Jewish people, including "the Rothschilds, centralized banking, the 13 families, the bloodlines that control everything even outside of America." In ViacomCBS's public statement, nothing directly mentions anti-white remarks that Cannon made during the same podcast episode, where he suggested that white people were inferior to black people because of their skin color.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show is under investigation after multiple producers were accused of harassment, assault, and intimidation. DeGeneres has distanced herself from the accusations, saying she had been "misrepresented" by "people who work with me and for me." A former employee expressed, "if [Ellen] wants to have her own show and have her name on the show title, she needs to be more involved to see what's going on."
Ellen DeGeneres has built her worldwide, multimillion-dollar brand on the motto "be kind," with extravagant giveaways and acts of charity. Even though DeGeneres has a history of not supporting people's views that don't align with hers. So, her saying to "Be kind to one another" during a show has some unsettled. If these accusations are found to be accurate, would that make DeGeneres a hypocrite? Behind the scenes, current and former employees on her leading daytime show say they faced racism, fear, and intimidation.
During an interview with BuzzFeed, a former employee expressed, "That 'be kind' bullshit only happens when the cameras are on. It's all for show. I know they give money to people and help them out, but it's for show."
BuzzFeed News spoke to one current, and ten former employees on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. All of whom asked to remain anonymous, fearing vengeance from the award-winning NBC daytime talk show and others in the entertainment industry. They said they were fired after taking medical leave or bereavement days to attend family funerals. One employee, who claims she was fed up with comments about her race, mostly walked off the job. Others said they were also instructed by their direct managers to not speak to DeGeneres if they saw her around the office.
Regardless of what was said, when it was said, or why it was announced, the question remains, do comedians have the right to say whatever they want to say? Because the audience is not laughing at the comedian's freedom of speech.
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