Trans advocate, writer, and producer, Janet Mock admitted to infidelity during a powerful speech at last night’s “Pose” Final Season Premiere Party.
Janet, in her speech, called out The FX Network for paying minorities lower, called for greater action toward the transgender community, and yelled, “Fuck Hollywood!”
via Page Six
During the 15-minute speech, she complained about how much the network is paying her, demanded better treatment for the trans community, shouted “F-ck Hollywood,” revealed that she’d slept with someone in the show’s crew, asked her “Pose” actor boyfriend not to leave her over the infidelity, decried the quality of the writing on the show, and had a brief conversation with co-creator and Hollywood mogul Ryan Murphy from the stage.
Early in her talk, Mock, 38, wondered aloud, “Why am I making $40,000 an episode? Huh?”
“I am angry!,” she said, demanding more money and perks equal to other TV executives.
The room at Jazz at Lincoln Center fell completely silent as Mock shouted: “F–k Hollywood … Does this make you uncomfortable? It should. It should make you f–king shake in your motherf–king boots. This is speaking truth. This is what ‘Pose’ is.”
Mock next complained about the quality of the material from male writers on the show’s first two episodes, then addressed Murphy, saying that “you brought … girls in to help you.”
“Who brought the girls in?,” she asked him. “I did,” Murphy replied, “I wanted the girls to be there.”
But the speech took an even more personal turn when Mock demanded that boyfriend Angel Bismark Curiel “stand up … right now!”
Bismark Curiel nervously stood up, and Mock said to the crowd, “Let me tell you something about love.”
“Today, I was gonna let [Angel] go,” she said. “I was gonna let you go, right, but what did I do? I f–ked someone on the crew, right?”
At that revelation, one of the show’s guest stars could be heard gasping and asked, “What the hell is happening?”
“Angel, Angel. I’m not losing you. You hear me? You are f–king important to me,” Mock continued. “I don’t want to live in a house alone. I want you. You motherf–ker. Right there. That’s who I want. I’m getting what’s mine.”
Mock then apologized to composer Our Lady J — a producer and writer on “Pose” — and said she’d tried to diminish her to “make myself bigger.”
“I f–ked up, y’all. I forgot who the f–k I was. They want me to come up here and pretend,” she said. “I don’t need Hollywood, honey. You know why? Cuz I’m f–king free.”
Janet then offered her cast members some words of encouragement — including Dominique Jackson, Indya Moore and MJ Rodriguez — then continuing to speak to the entertainment as a whole.
“It’s a show, but it means so much to everyone to ‘ensure that we enable black and brown trans women to make it’ because that sounds good,” she declared sharply. “It makes you comfortable to talk like that because then I don’t scare you into facing the f–king truth. You all have stomped on us.”
Mock’s speech was not only shocking, but apparently cost her a promotional interview initially scheduled the following day on Good Morning America; as her appearance there was subsequently canceled. Sources close to Janet states she seemed “emotionally unhinged,” and that her admission of infidelity may have been the cause. “She seemed almost immediately remorseful at what she aired publicly,” they said.
A visibly shaken Mock admitted that she was afraid the forthright speech might have ruined her career, though some in the room had her back, such as Jackson, who shouted from the audience, “Thank you for speaking for me!” Indya Moore, however, took to social media in support of Janet and in defense of her aforementioned relationship with Angel B. Curiel who plays “Lil’ Papi” on Pose.
Neither Janet Mock or Angel B. Curiel have come forward with official statements about what happened last night. Nonetheless, Pose is a historic show, highly celebrated for its inclusivity and primarily transgender cast.
The Final Season Premiere of Pose airs this Sunday, 10/9 PM EST/CST.