Most people would never call a person ugly or fat to their face unless they wanted to hurt the other person’s feelings. Howard Stern is not one of those people. He’s make a living saying whatever he wants about whom ever he wants. He recently made some comments about “Precious” star, Gabourey Sidibe.
Stern drew criticism from the mainstream media for his comments about Gabourey Sidibe’s appearance at the Academy Awards. Howard Stern said: “There’s the most enormous, fat black chick I’ve ever seen. Everyone’s pretending she’s a part of show business and she’s never going to be in another movie.”
Howard Stern played clips of reporters from mainstream media outlets fuming over his frank statements about Gabourey Sidibe’s weight on Wednesday, and then responded by saying: “Obesity in this country is out of control….What’s really sad though is that there are people who say it’s okay to be this heavy. You’ve got to love your body, you’ve got to embrace it.” – Washington Examiner
What do you think readers? We all know that sometimes things are said because they are nice, but they are not realistic. Let’s face it, people lie. Is it realistic to think that in a society that is obsessed with physical beauty and perfection that a person of Gabourey’s size will have a vibrant film career? If she was not a famous actress, would people call her beautiful? If we acknowledge the skin color politics of the black community, how does that figure into this conversation? I want you guys to think about this honestly. If this were your child, what perspective would you give her about what people may be saying in her face and what they might be saying behind her back?
(Note: She recently landed a role on Showtime’s “Big C” playing a “smart-mouthed student“. Um…don’t large black women have a history of playing smart mouthed maids, friends, students, etc. Typecast!)