I want to say something about Gabourey Sidibe.
The day after Gabby attended the Academy Awards, where she was up for Best Actress, the ever-edgy Howard Stern attacked her on his radio show. He and Robin Quivers only ridicule her because they are concerned for her health, of course. Everyone knows mean-spirited jabs are the most effective way to say “I care.”
On Sunday a friend posted a photo of Gabby on her blog, along with the text, “She looks incredible. She’s glowing. Rooting so hard for her.” Someone accused her of “validating unhealthy lifestyles with praise.” He began, “There is no way it’s healthy or attractive to maintain that much subcutaneous fat, sorry.” Political Party Girl wished Gabby well and got lectured about poor health. Gabby’s great qualities are negated by the size of her body, in some people’s eyes.
Gabby’s sins are two-fold:
1. She’s really fat.
2. She doesn’t hate herself for it.
She doesn’t apologize for being fat or make self-deprecating remarks about her weight. She has not indicated that she’s desperately trying to slim down. That makes some people uncomfortable, even angry. I doubt Gabby will ever have the opportunity to read this. And it’s not like she needs my support when she’s got Oprah in her corner. But I support you, Gabby.