Quick, get Halle Berry some more Kleenex: Angela Bassett says she turned down Berry's Oscar-winning role in Monster's Ball because she didn't want to play a stereotype. "It's about character, darling," she tells Newsweek. "I wasn't going to be a prostitute on film. I couldn't do that because it's such a stereotype about black women and sexuality... It's about putting something out there you can be proud of 10 years later. I mean, Meryl Streep won Oscars without all that." Natch, Bassett insists her comments were not intended as a diss to Berry not that we were reading between the lines or anything.