The ripple effects of Steve Harvey’s caustic exchange with Mo’Nique continues to permeate the confines of social media.
Last weekend, the Academy Award-winning actress shared a video on Instagram that seemed to hint at her perception of Harvey as a sellout after their exchange on Steve.
Throughout the clip, a caption showing the definition of the term “sellout” appears, reading, “A common idiomatic pejorative expression for the compromising of a person’s integrity, morality, authenticity, or principles in exchange for personal gain, such as money.  In terms of music or art, selling out is associated with attempts to tailor material to a mainstream or commercial audience.” The video originally posted by @the_1hundred_club intercuts footage of Monique’s interview with Steve Harvey with footage from the 1977 miniseries Roots.
“We Black out here. We can’t come out here and do it any kind of way we want to,” Harvey says, before the clip transitions to a scene of Roots depicting the character of Kunta Kinte (LeVar Burton) in a tense exchange with the character of Fiddler. Portrayed by Louis Gossett Jr., Fiddler is a slave who plays the fiddle for various plantations. He also teaches Kunta Kinte on how to be a good slave.
“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!” Harvey says before the clip transitions to Fiddler several times. The video finally ends with a clip of Fiddler saying, “You better learn or you gon’ get the blood back for sure.”
Mo’Nique bookends her shared video with her comments, which read, “THIS GAVE ME CHILLS! WHAT HAS CHANGED!!! Y’all I LOVE US 4 REAL!!! WE DESERVE TO LOVE US BETTER!”
For those unfamiliar, Mo’Nique’s conversation with Steve Harvey last Wednesday centered around the comedienne’s feeling that she was blackballed by Hollywood after winning the Oscar in 2010 for her performance in the Lee Daniels-directed film Precious. Mo’Nique recently became the first Black female comedian to score a residency in Las Vegas at the SLS Hostel and Casino.