I Got Your Back, Gabby Sidibe

Not too long ago, a woman by the name of Gabourey Sidibe graced us with her (incredibly talented) presence in Precious. Not too long after that, she was nominated for ‘Best Actress’ at the Oscars.   That is quite the achievement for a woman discovered minutes before being handed the script for Precious.

Beyond her insane ability to serenade America with her acting talents, the girl is a hoot.  You heard her on the Oscar red carpet mid-spin, “If fashion was porn this would be the money shot.”  Needless to say, I’m a Team Gabby all the way.

After deeply establishing my ‘You go girl’ attitude towards the new found Hollywood talent, (and after hearing Oprah’s amazing tribute to her) I felt angry and resentful when Sandra Bullock took home the ‘Best Actress’ trophy at the Academy Awards. OK, that’s putting it lightly. I stood up and screamed at the TV. Yes, I understand it was “Bullock’s year,” and yes, I’ve always loved Sandy, but it was like the Taylor Swift VMA situation all over again. I just wanted to jump through my TV and pull a Kanye: “Imma let you finish, Sandra, but we all know Gabby had the best performance of the year.”

And then, if that wasn’t bad enough, Howard Stern started running his mouth and saying some really hurtful things about our precious Gabby. The girl is sweet and bubbly and so freaking talented and Mr. Stern just tears her apart for the way that she looks? I wanted to JWoww him in the throat.

But after only knowing of Gabby for a few months (and I will be honest, I haven’t even seen Precious), I am left wondering why I feel so defensive of her.  Don’t get me wrong, Gabby is an incredible actress, and a bucket full of LOLs every time she opens her mouth – that is something to appreciate. But my question is, would we embrace her quite like we did if she wasn’t different?

Whenever anyone speaks of Gabby Sidibe the conversation inevitably turns to her weight. It’s like Gabby isn’t a talented actress who happens to be overweight, but rather an overweight woman who, surprisingly, has some talent. And being that she’s so “different,” we all feel somehow attached to her, like we need to protect her, root for her, love her.

It’s like Susan Boyle syndrome.

Both women are incredibly talented and inspiring, but would either of them be so celebrated if they weren’t different? Would Gabby be getting the kind of attention she’s been getting if she looked like everyone else in Hollywood? Would America stand behind her, root for her and praise her if she didn’t happen to be overweight?

I honestly don’t know. What do you think?

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