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Frisky Rant: Lee Daniels’ NAACP Weight Gaffe Shouldn’t Have Been Deemed Offensive

The big to-do everyone is making over “Precious” director Lee Daniels’ acceptance speech at the 2010 NAACP Image Awards Saturday is unfounded. While accepting the Best Film honors, Daniels said, “No one in Hollywood told me they wanted to see a movie about a 350-pound black girl who had HIV.” After realizing his so-called “blunder” and that his statement could potentially embarrass breakout actress Gabourey Sidibe, Daniels tried to recover, saying: “She’s not 350 pounds … Gabby … But the book says … ” Sidibe sat in the audience shaking her head. Not only is this how author Sapphire described the title character in Push, but this is also a quote Daniels has given numerous times about the difficulties he faced trying to get “Precious” made. I can’t understand how people automatically thought he was referring directly to Sidibe. Perhaps folks were already far too aware of their discomfort with her size, and Daniels’ speech only reminded them of their prejudice, and they felt it politically correct to admonish him for it. However, this film doesn’t tell Sidibe’s story, and Daniels was referring to the character. Did audience members and viewers think Sidibe was HIV-positive too after Daniels’ speech? No, but since weight is such a controversial topic in our culture, the link between Precious and Sidibe was made. Sidibe knows she’s large and has given countless interviews in which she expresses how comfortable she is with her weight and how Hollywood needs to be more accepting, so it’s not a far stretch to argue that she would be comfortable at 350 pounds also. Nevertheless, sources say she was upset by Daniels’ remark. Sidibe has worn her weight like a badge of honor, but maybe she needs a sign that says: “I’m only proud to be 250 pounds” — or whatever the scale actually reads. Keep reading »

Quotable: Gabourey Sidibe OK With Being Left Off “Vanity Fair” Cover

“Was I satisfied? Yeah, well… I mean, I come from a world where I’m not on covers and I’m not in magazines at all. And so I was happy to be in the magazine. At first I thought, ‘Hmm, should I be there? Then I very quickly got over it. I think if I were a part of that shoot I would have felt a little left out anyway. I would have felt a little like… whether or not I should have been there. [It] doesn’t matter, because I wasn’t on it and I’m excited to be mentioned anywhere, and it doesn’t matter to me where I’m not mentioned.”

Gabourey Sidibe talked with “Access Hollywood” about being mentioned in the Vanity Fair 2010 Young Hollywood issue, but being left off the controversial cover (along with anyone else of color) [via Access Hollywood] Keep reading »

Quotable: Gabourey Sidibe Wants Justin Timberlake To Be Her Oscar Date

“I want to make Justin Timberlake and Anthony Mackie fight it out for the honor of being my date. I’m just going to throw them in the ring and make them do it!”

Gabourey Sidibe in an interview with a Canadian talk show. When asked whom she’d pick if she had to choose between them, she replied: “Justin, if you’re not doing anything on that night, maybe you could be my date or something. It’s fine. No pressure!” [via NY Daily News]

Seriously, Justin, go to the Oscars with the girl — she’s nominated for best actress! Not gonna happen probably ever for Jessica Biel. In fact, Frisky readers, let’s start a Twitter trend — please tweet #justinescortgabby and let’s see if we can help get the word out. This is activism at its most well-meaning yet shallow. Keep reading »

The Oscar Nominations Are In!

The nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards were announced this morning and some of the nominees include: George Clooney for best actor in “Up in the Air,” Mo’Nique for best supporting actress in “Precious,” Maggie Gyllenhaal for best supporting actress in “Crazy Heart,” Gabourey Sidibe for best actress in “Precious,” and a little movie called “Avatar” was nominated in a whole bunch of categories, tying “Hurt Locker” for a total of nine nominations. One difference in the awards this year is that 10 movies have been nominated for best picture rather than the usual five. For a full list, check out the official website of the Oscars. Keep reading »

Rhapsody In Blue

How gorgeous does Gabourey Sidibe look in this silky sapphire piece at last night’s National Board of Review Motion Picture Awards Gala at Cipriani’s? Best-dressed list 2010? [NYC, 1/12/10] Keep reading »

Quotable: Gabby Sidibe On Missing The Point Of “Precious”

“If you look at Precious and all you see is someone who is overweight and dark-skinned, you’re missing the point. Just like if you look at me and all you see is someone who is overweight and dark-skinned. You’ve missed the point. You’ve missed me.”

– Gabourey Sidibe at The New York Times Arts & Leisure Weekend [via Jezebel] Keep reading »

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