Drop what you’re doing! Yes, put … the muffin … down. Before you do anything else today, you simply must read Kate Harding‘s kick-ass takedown at Broadsheet of the Hollywood diet industry’s vulture-like attempt to swoop down on “Precious” star Gabourey Sidibe and get her hooked on diet pills.
AcaiSupply.com made headlines yesterday by offering Sidibe a year’s supply of acai berry weight loss pills. An extremely rude letter from AcaiSupply’s CEO to the actress claimed, “After viewing recent pictures of you strolling around Santa Monica earlier this week … we at AcaiSupply.com have decided we can no longer sit back and keep our mouth’s [sic] shut! … the only way you can reach your goal of someday winning that Oscar is by being active, fit and most of all healthy!”
Excuse me while I throw up in my mouth a little.Sidibe is not the 600-pound woman obviously putting her own health at risk to make the Guinness Book of World Records for world’s fattest woman. Nor is she “Dear John” star Amanda Seyfried, who recently told Esquire her “diet” consists of “just spinach and some seeds.” Sidibe is a happy medium: She’s fat and yet she has said nothing but positive things about herself in interviews. (Even when d-bags like Howard Stern write her off as just “the most enormous fat black chick ever seen.”) Most of us would be lucky to possess Gabby Sidibe’s level of self-acceptance.
So, Harding asks, why don’t we as a culture focus on what Gabby Sidibe really represents? She’s not another fat actress who needs to get hooked on yo-yo dieting like the totally depressing Kirstie Alley; she’s an actress who actually broke Hollywood’s size and color barrier. Writes Harding:
“Most of these people expressing such deep concern for your health and your prospects as an actress are completely uncritical of the forces that usually keep women who look like you from landing big roles, because it’s so much simpler to criticize you instead. I’m interested in the fact that even if you somehow starved yourself down to a size 0, you still couldn’t do a damned thing about the fact that in 82 years, no woman with your skin tone has ever won Best Actress — only one has even been in the ballpark — and how that data point gets ignored while everyone’s saying only your weight will prevent you from being the next Meryl Streep.”
You tell ‘em, Kate Harding!
And excuse me for oozing all the Gabby Sidibe love. But considering all the fat-hating BS this poor woman has to read about herself and her weight, I’m surprised she didn’t crack up long ago. [Salon.com Broadsheet]