Happy About This points out the latest attack on actress Gabby Sidibe. This time the Oscar-nominated star of Showtime’s new series “The Big C” is not only bashed about her weight but her not so nice behavior. Media Bistro’s FishBowl DC’s headline “Gabby Sidibe: Not So Precious” anchors a story about Gabby’s alleged mistreatment of fans. FishBowl writer Matt Dornic states:

“When asked for a picture, the less-than-enthused newbie star could barely crack a smile. One photo-seeking fan said jokingly, ‘that’s all you’re going to give me,’ to the pouty Precious. Gabby responded, ‘you’ll get what I give you.'”

Dornic follows up his post with another story about the actress alleging she dissed Jonathan Capeheart, a Washington Post columnist at this year’s White House Correspondent’s Dinner. Capehart shares:

“I was rooting for Gabourey Sidibe for best actress. But the moment edgy comedienne Mo’Nique won the Oscar for supporting actress, I knew that the divine Sidibe was toast.” But after meeting Sidibe at the White House Correspondents dinner and hearing about others’ negative encounters with her, I’m putting down my pompoms.”

I was thrilled to spot her at a table laughing uproariously with the man sitting to her right. “I know you’re having a good time and I’m sorry to interrupt,” I began. My next sentence didn’t come out because Sidibe shouted over the din, “Yeah, come back in five minutes!” Thinking she was joking, I laughed and pretended to walk away. When I noticed that the look in her eyes meant she was serious, I walked back to her and said, “I just wanted to congratulate you on your nomination. I thought your performance was spectacular. I even wrote a column about it.” After wishing her good luck, I rejoined my friends.”

Seems the media uses these isolated incidents as an excuse to further scrutinize Gabby on her weight. Reports reveal both stories linked a play on Gabby’s size. Media Bistro’s first line in the post: “So, who was the weekend’s biggest (no pun intended) disappointment so far?” Another Media Bistro line in the website’s second post read: “Wow! FishbowDC wasn’t alone when we gave “Precious” star Gabby Sidibe a GIGANTIC (no pun intended…okay, that’s a lie) thumbs down.”

Washington Post’s Johanhan Capeheart even found some weird way to connect Gabby with another plus-size Black actress. Capeheart states he met Queen Latifah at the BET Honors earlier this year and expected “to get the Sidibe treatment” but revealed Queen Latifah was nice and appreciated her fans unlike Gabby. Wow. What a likely comparison.

These stories suggest because Gabby Sidibe is not a conventional Hollywood beauty that somehow she has to be the last one on earth to slip up. We’re definitely not excusing Gabby’s alleged ugly behavior, but does her reported actions warrant these harsh posts?

What are your thoughts? Speak on it!

Photo Source: Harper’s Bazaar

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  • Zaza

    Why do we need to set up a Black Women’s Coalition everytime something negative is said about Gabby?She’s a big girl(26) and knew the industry was cold before getting in it.

    Pretty much every female star;black,white,whatever,thin,fat,beautiful,plain gets accused of being a bitch/diva at some some point,the latest one is that white Lea something girl on Glee,apparently ‘shes rude on set’,but her producer has denied this.
    The press are cruel and make stuff up for everybody,they’re not gonna give Gabby a pass because she’s black and fat or because of her ‘cute giggly valley girl’ persona.

  • chinaza

    Ok.She may be a rude person.So are many celebs-so what?
    It’s also true though that when we’re aware of physical flaws(obesity,scars,acne,speech defects) that are socially judged,it affects our self-esteem and we become defensive and closed to people.We’re so ready for the negativity that we shut them out before they can hurt us.Even if their intentions were good.
    I don’t know if this is true for Gaby but it’s true for many people.

  • First of all, where does it say that Gabby has to be NICE just because she’s fat? I’m a fat woman and I don’t always feel like being nice but maybe I should to make up for the fact that I’m fat. SMH. Second of all, where does it say that being fat is correlated with being dark-skinned and ugly. I’m a light-skinned woman and I think she’s beautiful. It’s about time that Hollywood showed a small representation of what America looks like. Third of all, I’m sick to death of people assuming that fat automatically equals unhealthy. Fat can equal a wide variety of things from unhealthy to sedentary to active to fit depending on the INDIVIDUAL person. It’s the lifestyle choice, not all fat people that dictates the outcome.

    • Lo’rann

      THANK YOU!
      It’s sickening to see people go after a girl because of her skin color and weight. It’s bad enough big girls have to deal with the media’s consistent scrutiny and name calling, but sister get together on sights like Clutch, Bossip, or Sandra Rose and organize a witch hunt.

      I’m just sick of it– the hate all around for everything people disagree with. It does nothing for unity and progress. Thanks for keeping it real!