As I was looking up some info on recent awards fashion, I came across this story, about the NAACP Image Awards, where Precious director Lee Daniels made a comment about Gabourey Sidibe’s weight.
“No one in Hollywood told me they wanted to see a movie about a 350-pound black girl who had HIV,” Daniels blurted out during his acceptance speech, before realizing that he’d possibly embarrassed his full-figured star. Trying to cover up his mistake, the director stuttered at Sidibe and the audience, “She’s not 350 pounds. … Gabby… But the book says. … “
According to the article, this “mortified” and “noticeably upset” her, and it was a “stinging blow.”
“Daniels kept apologizing in front of the crowd, and even though Gabby was upset by his comment, she still accepted his apology. She was like, ‘Okay. I wanted that in there. Thank you,’ ” says a source. “It’s not like this was the first time someone has made a hurtful remark about her weight, even unintentionally.”
I guess I’m a little confused that this is seen as a “hurtful remark.” I have no idea how much Sidibe weighs or how tall she is, but does the number really matter? Maybe it’s just the automatic idea that 200+ pounds = enormously fat and 300+ pounds = immediate explosion and death. Which, as we all know, is crap. I wonder what a Gabourey Sidibe guessing game would look like.
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