In recent years obsession over a starlet's weight is reserved for Nicole Richie
, Kirstie Alley
and Jessica Simpson
. Now, ever since Howard Stern said
was "most enormous fat black chick I've ever seen" and other insults, the world is ranting on her size. Many people stood up for her, including The National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (I didn't even know that was a real organization -- you live, you learn) and even Sidibe's mother, Alice Tan Ridley
, said about Stern, "Get a life!" and "He can see, you can see, I can see Gabby is a big girl. She's a big woman, so what's wrong with that?"
In talking to RadarOnline, Tidley did say she would like to see her daughter lose weight:
“The truth is Gabourey would like to lose some weight but the reality is that she would not have gotten the role of Precious if she had not been heavy," Ridley said. “As her mom I would like to see my daughter healthy but if she didn’t lose weight that’s not a problem either – it runs in our family."
In fact, they "have relatives that are 80-years-old who are too heavy" so "it works in different ways for different folks."
*sigh* This is such a touchy subject. Obesity is a huge problem in the African-American community and it's something that we try to address. However, I feel uncomfortable seeing this young woman, who is living out a dream, having her weight a constant topic. Anorexic or obese, no one likes their weight discussed. In my interview with Sidibe
she told me, "I fully believe I am beautiful."
I just hope people don't lose sight of Sidibe's amazing talent.
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