“Playing the game…” How important is it in the entertainment industry? Actress/comedienne Mo’Nique claims she has been “blackballed” by top movie exec Lee Daniels in Hollywood. Is her claim true? For those of you who don’t know, “blackballed” means being “shunned” to the point where no one will hire you anymore. Usually when stars are riding the wave of success to fame it is “rare” for them to just “disappear” from the limelight. Mo’Nique had a fairly good career going on and she had just won an Oscar. Why would she disappear from sight after accomplishing such a great feat? A lot of people don’t know if there is a “Blackball list” or not. I don’t’ know if one truly exists either (and I don’t personally know of anyone who has been blacklisted). However, I have heard stories that in Hollywood and other places you absolutely “must play the game in order to stay on top.” I once performed on a show where Mo’Nique was the mistress of ceremonies. She seemed like a very nice woman (and she was funny to boot). Of course, no one can tell the true nature of someone based on such a short amount of time. By the way, if you would like to check out the story for yourself, here is the link to it:
While a lot of people would love to experience being part of the “click” it is never guaranteed to last forever. Michael Jackson was on top of the music world for what seemed like “forever” and yet I remember him talking about powerful record exec Tommy Mattola in a very negative way (calling him racist and other bad things). As big as Michael was, his last couple of releases never sold well and didn’t seem to be heavily promoted like most of his bigger hits. I don’t know if that was because his product was just not that good or they decided to blackball him and no longer market him. Either way, his career seemed to diminish until he finally decided that he would tour again. I actually tried to Google stories about others who may have been blackballed but for some reason could only find “Mo’Nique’s story.” She says that she is not afraid to come out and tell the truth. I would love to see how far that will get her. Time will tell if she ever gets back into the limelight, but for right now things don’t appear to be good. Maybe it is important to “play the game” in this business after all. I wish her luck, and I thank you for checking out my Daily Thought today. As always, I wish you the very best that life has to offer today.
Olivia Newton John, Brett Jolly and musical director Amy Skyy