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Gabourey Sidibe Says Joan Cusack Told Her To Get Out of ‘Image Conscious’ Hollywood

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Gabourey Sidibe is undeniably best known for her breakout role in the film Precious- but Sidibe has also been notable, in addition to her body of work, for some of the horrible criticism that has been heaped upon her by other celebrities.

I mean like, really public beating up on Gabourey Sidibe- back in 2010, “shock jock” Howard Stern called the Oscar-nominated actress “enormous” and “the size of a planet” and said “everyone’s pretending she’s a part of show business and she’s never going to be in another movie,” adding that Sidibe “should have gotten the Best Actress award because she’s never going to have another shot.

(Amusingly, Stern’s datapoints were that Oprah “lied” to Sidibe by telling her she could be successful as a fat, black woman, and sought agreement from co-host Robin Quivers, who is also… a fat, black woman.) But when Sidibe appeared on Watch What Happens with Andy Cohen earlier this week, it was Cohen who was gobsmacked when Sidibe related her tale of meeting Joan Cusack.

Sidibe said she was a fan of the comedic actress, who has always seemed cool. But the story the Tower Heist star tells (defending Cusack, mind) is so sadly representative of what women of color, size or both often have to deal with just for being slightly different. Sidibe explains:

“What celebrity was I disappointed by? Oh, and it’s not in a mean way, because I know that she meant well. I met Joan Cusack, who is my favorite favorite- I love her- but, it was before I became [famous] or whatever.”

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Sidibe continues:

“I was at some industry party, and she says, ‘Are you an actress?’ And I said, ‘Yeah!’ And she says, ‘Oh honey, you should really quit the business, it’s so image-conscious.’”

Luckily for the star, Gabourey Sidibe did not heed Cusack’s advice, and is set to appear next in Seven Psychopaths with fellow unknowns Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, and Christopher Walken.

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128 Responses to “Gabourey Sidibe Says Joan Cusack Told Her To Get Out of ‘Image Conscious’ Hollywood”

  1. Karen Spivak

    I think she is more beautiful than some anorexic actress with a curveless body like a little boy, not a woman.

  2. Winston Phineas Fogsworth Johnson III

    She has pushed the boundaries and lets just say I hope that Hollywood will not discount the next big lady to come along as too fat, because Hollywood may pass up on a great actress. People who live large are still people too, and I don't care what any one says, Big is just as beautiful as any other way of being. Weight has no bearing on the size and dreams in ones heart and if skill meets those two things then to me I say bring the big beautiful women to screen.

  3. Jennifer Arlene Pereira

    This is RIDICULOUS to here other celebrities making fun of her! WTF is this? Highschool? We should dig a giant hole, and people who act that way, can be thrown into it :)

  4. Cynthia Temple

    Joan Cusack is no beauty queen herself! Look at the roles she has played over the years. Gabourey can do voice overs just like Joan Cusack has! IDIOT!

  5. Savannah Heider

    I do think she is sending a bad messege though. Being that overweight is not healthy whatsoever. Not to say that alot of those skinny actresses aren't sending bad examples too, but when so much hype is made about a particular person it makes other people (black women in particular) feel like it's a good thing to be this overweight. Lots of things need to be changed in regards to body image. People need to look up to more healthy and attainable body images!

  6. Chantal Roberts

    I am rather surprised that Joan cusack would say that, but I agree with sidibe that she probably didn't mean it in a rude way. Joan cusack does know what its like to not be a perfect looking actress so she's probably speaking from experience. Sidibe is truly adorable and sweet, as long as she powers through and finds the right roles she will be just fine! Keep your chin up, lovely lady!

  7. Jennifer Arlene Pereira

    Just because she is over weight does not make her unhealthy. People think that a person who is overweight is unhealthy but really that isn't always the case. I'm a little over weight. I go to the gym and I don't eat fast food every day. I am a healthy human being. But because I'm large, someone can look at me and assume I'm an unhealthy person. What's REALLY sending a bad message is the other celebrities making fun of her. Isn't America in a big fight to end bullying? I don't think publicly making fun of people for their image is going to help that situation at all.

  8. Glymaris Rodriguez

    U go girl! Don't let da hataz getcha' down hunny, all they want is to see u fail, just cuz they wish they have wat u have…I love ur work hunny, u keep it up!!!

  9. Matt Fenstermacher

    Well it's not like she's a real actress she got the part because she was the part like Charlie sheen. Don't defend her because she black a women or had a rough life. defend if she could act a deserves to be in Hollywood she only get jobs because people feel sorry for her not because of what she can do as an actress.

  10. Jennifer Arlene Pereira

    She is a great actress. The part she played was so deep. I couldn't care less what color she is. There are tons of extremely ugly actors and actresses in showbiz so I don't understand why people are picking on her in particular. It's just stupid. I mean, she isn't bothering anyone else so why can't they just let her do her.

  11. Carice McKinney

    People need to look up to whomever inspires them. If you choose to only admire those who fit the Hollywood perfect mold, consider yourself a shallow person. There is more to Gabourey then how she looks. Which is what she's showing in quite the fierce way.

  12. Savannah Heider

    Carice McKinney obviously you didn't read my post in it's entirety. I clearly say that many of the skinny actresses are sending bad messeges too. Being too overweight or thin isn't healthy. Obviously to look up to someone for being too skinny or too fat isn't good.

  13. Savannah Heider

    Carice McKinney obviously you didn't read my post in it's entirety. I clearly say that many of the skinny actresses are sending bad messeges too. Being too overweight or thin isn't healthy. Obviously to look up to someone for being too skinny or too fat isn't good.

  14. Carice McKinney

    Savannah Heider I read it. And I clearly said people need to look up to whomever inspires them.

  15. Carice McKinney

    Savannah Heider I read it. And I clearly said people need to look up to whomever inspires them.

  16. Angie Brown

    You know, I would much rather see someone who is real, rather then someone who's photo's and such have been airbrushed or Photoshoped to death to make them look like something they're not. I like Howard Stern, but man, when was the last time you looked in the mirror? Talk about one homely dude! And as far as Joan goes, yeah, she's a good comedic actress, but she's no model type and I doubt she would have had the success she's had if it weren't for her brother John paving the way for her. Look at Susan Boyle. Not the prettiest thing in the world but she has the voice of an angel. Same goes for someone like Ann Wilson of Heart. It's like a book, if all you look at is the cover and never get past the cover, you're missing out on what could be the best story you've ever read.

  17. Rafael York

    Instead of posting replies to specific people's comment, I will just make a general statement. Everytime somebody tries to do good for themselves, there are always people who aren't happy/secure with themselves that always try to find and focus on negativity. I don't understand why its a big issue. Yeah she is overweight, SO WHAT! How is that affecting you?

  18. Daniel Danotomyfriends

    Howard Stern issa piece of Shit… what Joan said was Not meant to be Mean… I hope Gaby made a Boat Load of money for Precious cuzz all she will ever get is bit parts now!

  19. Jeredine Hughes

    Matt Fenstermacher where is da dislike button when i need it??? So what exactly does being a real actress /actor entails? and how u know she get roll b/c ppl feel sorry for her? Did da producers personally called u to give u the 411 on y she got hired? This is some silly mess.

  20. Mindy Delgado

    Black women are not so stupid to think by Gabourey being a star, it's okay to look the same way. What about the hundreds of black actresses before Gabourey became famous, that are thin and more popular. Why would Gabourey be considered such a threat to what black women's perception of themselves is? Blah!

  21. Michael S. Butler

    You are beautiful…It's not what other people think…and for the people with comments about this Beautiful Black America Queen…You need to look at yourself in the mirror…

  22. Josh Mata

    Stern and Cusack articulated very well the way that most Americans think and feel about the topic. Are you people really naive enough to believe otherwise?

  23. Michael D. Rich

    So much for that talent less porn panderer Stern knows…some may watch his trash, but that is what it is…

  24. Michael D. Rich

    Matt Fenstermacher critics like you have no talent whatsoever…just attack others because of your own crappy tea bagger life…

  25. Anonymous

    Joan Cusack is not one to talk, she is a character actress who has a face like a frog.

  26. Kim Caldwell

    Savannah…I read ur post and.I partially agree. Like Carice said ppl need to look up to who inspires them. I hope u understand that pleasantly plump ppl aren't always having heart attacks. Thin ppl have them just as well. And what u mean especially black women. White women look up to all types of celebraties and it'd not always the best road to take. Ppl know right from wrong and its there choice to choose. Later on down the road…they will know what works for them.

  27. Anonymous

    There are so many people have created a niche for themselves regardless of their size (Peggy Rea, William Conrad for example) and we have seen them so often over the years. She won't be Julia Roberts or one of those over-exposed, overpaid performers, but she has already begun to carve her niche and will continue to do so. She's known and people want to work with her. That's all it takes.

  28. Stephanie Hartzell-Brown

    Sidibe has talent…who cares that she is a big woman? Hollywood is far too obsessed with size instead of talent. It was so incredibly rude of Joan Cusack who I used to admire but no longer do, to make such crude comments. She is odd looking herself & should ponder that one!

  29. Stephanie Hartzell-Brown

    Sidibe has talent…who cares that she is a big woman? Hollywood is far too obsessed with size instead of talent. It was so incredibly rude of Joan Cusack who I used to admire but no longer do, to make such crude comments. She is odd looking herself & should ponder that one!

  30. Gregory Lambesis

    She's a natural. Greatly photogenic and has a commanding presence that comes through even on television. For those of you that get stuck on an "example" that she is suppose to sending or criticize her for her body are not thinking outside the box. If your going to critical her about her body, and disregard her whole essense as a person, you sell yourself short and limit your understanding of what makes a person. If it is just about her body, then why is she a sucessful actress and those of you who slam her sitting behind your keyboards with your perfect bodies are not? One more point, the story quotes Howard Stern. Is there a bigger A-hole on the radio today? I don't think so.

  31. Anonymous

    Savannah Heider, why is being overweight a bad thing? Just because institutions around us say that everybody should look the same, and be anorexic? You should be comfortable in your own skin. Don't be shallow

  32. Anonymous

    Savannah Heider, why is being overweight a bad thing? Just because institutions around us say that everybody should look the same, and be anorexic? You should be comfortable in your own skin. Don't be shallow

  33. MJules O'Leary

    Shes huge and so unhealthy she will probably die in a few years.

  34. Savannah Heider

    terrellgilkey1 I am not saying it is bad to be overweight. I am purely saying that someone shouldn't be celebrated for their weight, and that goes either way…too heavy or too thin. People shouldn't be saying, "she's a big girl and comfortable in her skin." People should be saying, "I'm glad she is comfortable with herself, but lets start a conversation about what healthy is." I feel like I am in a situation where I can say this. I have lost 50 pounds, and I still have about 15 more to go before I am at a healthy weight. Before losing weight I was "comfortable" with myself, but I wasn't healthy. I changed my habits and learned more about what I needed to be doing to set a good example for my children. So I say, if she's happy with who she is, that's fine and dandy, but people need to think before they say, "good for her…" She may be happy, but she isn't healthy!

  35. Derrick Simmons

    Well I am glad she stuck with it. Sometimes folks tell you things that aren't mean but not nice. That goes to show you that you keep your eyes on the prize and do what it takes to make it

  36. Jim Tanner

    I am sure she is a sweet person. She is difficult for me to look at……….i think she is deformed or in some sort of pain. She needs some serious medicial help with weight. Best of luck to you!

  37. Josh Mata

    Stern makes fun of everyone. That's what he does. Obviously, you don't find it comical. Cusack didn't make fun of her. She told her the hard truth, not knowing realizing that this woman would be the one in a billion women who are morbidly obese that make it. I'm sure that her comments were meant with the best of intentions…

  38. Angel Harris

    Savannah Heider And how do you know she isn't healthy? A person's size – skinny or fat- is not a good indicator of health. And what business is it of anyone's what her health is anyway?

  39. Marion Rogers

    The truth always hurts a little, not matter what that truth is. I saw the movie "Precious" and Gabourey was awesome in that movie. The truth is the first thing I noticed was her weight. I felt bad for her, not because of the weight itself but also for the fact that, for such a young lady, that kind of weight is dangerous for her health. I pray that she will lose the weight, not for image sake but for her health and well being. In the meantime, she has a wonderful personality and seems to be very personable. I also pray that people wlll stop making such mean, disgusting, obnoxious, and unnecrssary comments about Gabourey. God Bless you Gabourey, and I wish you much success.

  40. Marion Rogers

    The truth always hurts a little, not matter what that truth is. I saw the movie "Precious" and Gabourey was awesome in that movie. The truth is the first thing I noticed was her weight. I felt bad for her, not because of the weight itself but also for the fact that, for such a young lady, that kind of weight is dangerous for her health. I pray that she will lose the weight, not for image sake but for her health and well being. In the meantime, she has a wonderful personality and seems to be very personable. I also pray that people wlll stop making such mean, disgusting, obnoxious, and unnecrssary comments about Gabourey. God Bless you Gabourey, and I wish you much success.

  41. Anonymous

    Joan Cusack is in my opinion is f***ing ugly! She's an ugly person on the inside for telling Gabby that, and she's ugly on the outside because looking at her face isn't exactly easy on the eyes either. As far as being overweight, or anorexic, we all put to much emphasis on appearance and the "message" is sending, and forget about talent. And Gabby is very talented, I would love to see her in more movies. You go Gabby! Fat or not you are the bomb and so is anyone else who can master the fine art of acting for that matter.

  42. Guido Sarducci

    What's beautiful about this actress is that she has made it in SPITE of what people like joan cusack and others thank of her. I admire her for her courage and non conformity and would go out w/ her in a heartbeat.

  43. Rebecca L Smith- Krahenbuhl

    One word……. shallow that's. What you are!

  44. Anonymous

    this girl is FAR more than pleasantly plump!! She is HUGE!! Maybe she should take some tips from Jennifer Hudson and get real. Being that enormous is just plain unhealthy and gross.

  45. Rebecca L Smith- Krahenbuhl

    Who cares about her weight! If she is talented, that is all that matters! I hate how most of the society is shallow! It's. What's on the inside that matters!

  46. Carice McKinney

    Savannah Heider – Good for you losing weight and I truly do mean that. But YOU can say that about YOURSELF because YOU are YOU. You, nor anybody else needs to say that FOR HER. I'm not going to hold back my congrats to her just because she isn't "healthy". I'm going to applaud her efforts for standing up to Hollywood stereotypes, sticking to her dreams and goals, and living the life SHE wants to live. Not to mention people in this world who are "healthy" suddenly drop dead or stroke out, with everyone standing around thinking: "He/she was so healthy!! What happened???" Bottomline is, she's a grown ass woman and no matter what any of us think? She's going to live her life. So, good for her!

  47. Alexander Rushworth

    Rebecca L Smith- Krahenbuhl But it's true. She is unhealthily overweight. She has the money to get help. She really should. She will feel better and have a much better life. And as far as Hollywood goes – Joan is right. Of course any role in a movie requires specific looks. She needs to lose a lot of weight before she can even be considered for most parts.

  48. Erika Figueroa

    Matt Fenstermacher I think you need to check your sources or do a little research or better yet READ A BOOK. The part she did was like Charlie Sheen? Really? I didn't know Gabi was a molested by her parents, had a 4th grade reading leaving and birth 2 children by her father, b/c that's what happenend to the character she played in Precious. She is an amazing and talented person!!! It has nothing to do with her race nor her rough life. It has to do with an industry especially, in this country, that places beauty and image over talent every single time. And we are all defending her b/c she in fact in talented or perhaps you do not know what talent really is.

  49. Jennifer Arlene Pereira

    Savannah Heider saying that she's "Obviously not healthy" is I'm sorry, kinda stupid. Assuming a person is unhealthy because they are big? Come on now. I know big people who eat a healthy diet that are doing just fine and normal sized people with high blood pressure and high cholesterol who have an AWFUL diet. If I put those two people side to side, you would tell me that the normal looking person is healthier. That's just shallow and mean.

  50. Jennifer Arlene Pereira

    Josh Mata No, I don't find Stern comical. I think he's an idiot. He has no talent. He makes money off of being an ass hole. Talk about bad examples and messages. NO comment of that sort is "the best of intentions". I mean, why shoot her down? It was totally and completely unnecessary. Telling Gabi the hard truth isn't Cusack's place. Or anyone elses for that matter. Gabi is crazy talented. As I said before, that role was DEEP. It takes talent to pull off a role like that. There is not a weight limit on talent. Who cares how large she is. She is doing what she obviously enjoys doing. And I applaud her for ignoring the ignorant Americans who are shallow and narrow minded.

  51. Kim Caldwell

    @jrpaige1952*I dont have time for ignorance. Good thing we entitled to our opinion and know that ur Maker sits high and looks low. Be careful how u characterize people. God created her and HE is just.

  52. Carice McKinney

    Absolutely!! Because I think on my own and not based on what two individuals who don't have the strongest of careers has to say. Not to mention the fact … THEY WERE WRONG! 100% WRONG! Gabourey is making more movies then Cusack can remember making and Stern is a drooling wanna-be who is just now realizing his career is slowly coming to and trot! This young woman has a regular weekly show she appears in and has three movies under her belt and is working on one with Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, and Christopher Walken.
    Not only are you naive … you're blind.

  53. Jennifer Arlene Pereira

    I think I need to add something here. So we have those who think we shouldn't say "good for her" because she's unhealthy. So…Lets say a person becomes a famous singer and is bald because they are undergoing chemo therapy for cancer. Are they not a good or real singer because they are unhealthy? Just because a person isn't, or doesn't seem to be healthy, doesn't mean that they don't deserve credit for the great job they do on something. There are people out there, myself included, that has no control over weight gain do to diseases and such. Not every fat person is fat because they are a pig that eats McDonalds on a daily basis. Just like not everyone that is skinny looks that way from starving themselves. We stereotype WAY TOO MUCH. Too many people think that in order to do something great you have to be in perfect proportion, look flawless, or be a genius. Come on now. Where is all this ignorance coming from? I just don't understand people. I hope this girl goes on to do more shows and movies…And while she's living the glamorous life, you can keep putting her down. Because in the end, she's probably a happier person than you…Fat and all.

  54. Carice McKinney

    Then take this free advice … don't look. Trust me when I say, she could care less if you do or don't. She's making a name for herself and you're input, approval, or otherwise is not needed.

  55. Nkechiye Ogosi

    Savannah Heider If someone is happy the way they are, who are you to tell them to look up to a better body image. Society says a good body image is rail thin. Look at women like COCO, Queen Latifah, both beautiful both of there bodies look great to me. So whos idea of "body image" is right. I admit people need to eat more healthy but who is to say a 200 pound girl isn't healthy. I know a person over 200 that runs marathons, with perfect health. People always seem to have an answer for everyones problems, just remember easier said than done.

  56. Nkechiye Ogosi

    It isnt like she is in a Carls JR. commercial advocating unhealthiness. She is an actress. The only example she is setting is that sky is the limit and that african american woman, may they be fat or skinny, can make it in Hollywood.

  57. Jennifer Arlene Pereira

    Have you ever looked at a BMI chart? If not you should. Did you know that depending on your height, you can be considered obese at only about 135 pounds? My BMI says that for my height, I should only weigh 100 pounds. ONE WORD…GROSS!

  58. Nkechiye Ogosi

    Savannah Heider No one is celebrating her weight. How about we come off the neagtives and focus on why she is in the business. ITS CALLED TALENT. If you dont like the fat do not look at it.

  59. Nkechiye Ogosi

    Savannah Heider the human body is meant to withstand many things. Fat is one of them or else she would be dead. But she is very alive and asuccessful despite being overweight. Your comments seem a little biased.

  60. Angel Harris

    Savannah Heider It is impossible to gauge a person's health just on sight alone, let alone from a photograph. And anyway, you are not her doctor. It's none of your business.

  61. Rebecca L Smith- Krahenbuhl

    Well said! How do people truly know if she is healthy or not? Plus when it comes to the skinny anorexic actor who also is unhealthy. Nobody says anything negative about the too thin actress. We live in such a shallow society! And like you noted people overweight or obese are not lazy and constantly eating! Sometimes it is a medical thing. I am glad there are some decent people on this earth like you who is non judgemental and accepting.

  62. Savannah Heider

    Nkechiye Ogosi…like I said before, not too long ago I was very overweight. Someone who is that heavy cannot be healthy. It may seem as though they are healthy, and they may not know that something is wrong either. That's how it was for me…I didn't know. Maybe I am too over sensitive to this subject because of my history. I just don't think that people should think that she is happy with her body and that's the end of it. This is a good way to get a conversation going on the effects of obesity.

  63. Nkechiye Ogosi

    Savannah Heider you must know her doctor. Did he show you her test results for you to say she isnt healthy. Do not assume. I know many overweight people that are healthy. Just because you lost weight you are no a martyr. Not everyone operates like yourself.

  64. Angel Harris

    Savannah Heider: No, saying that someone you have never met is unhealthy and unhappy just because she's fat is not "a good way to get a conversation going on the effects of obesity". Giving fat people the respect to define our own lives, however, is. I don't know what issues you've had with your weight, but Gabourey is not you. Jsut because you were unhealthy and miserable when you wre overweight, doesn't mean she or any other fat person feels the same way. And for the record, Gabourey is happy and confident despite what you or anyone else thinks: http://brownsista.com/gabourey-sidibe-on-confidence-and-beauty/

  65. Julie DeRosa Adams

    I think people should stop focusing on her weight and see her for what she really is and she has talent…Im tired of everyone has to just focus on negativity about her size….Let her do her thing she is a real person not full of silicone!

  66. James Cannady

    I think she is beautiful as she is. Look at Jennifer Hudson! Simon mad fun of her on Idol and then she went on to win an Oscar a Golden Globe and other awards for Dreamgirls and she was kinda heavy. I think Sidbe can do the same thing if people would leave her alone. I DON'T THINK SHE IS SENDING A BAD MESSAGE PERIOD!

  67. Cherice Reecee Wilson

    I am so sick and tired of ppl talkin about kids looking up to stars, how about parents be their kids role models and lead by example and stop leaving it to stars to do for them. she is an entertainer she has talent and that is her skill. what exactly does her weight have to do with her talent and skills?? Not a damn thing at all!! Everyone is so damn image crazy on this planet it is just sickening. Not everyone is meant to be small, not everyone is meant to be big(and trust me not all big girls or guys just sit around and eat all day and are lazy like people would love to believe) There is a good reason we are all different,

  68. Cherice Reecee Wilson

    I am so sick and tired of people talkin about kids looking up to stars, how about parents be their kids role models and lead by example and stop leaving it to stars to do for them. she is an entertainer she has talent and that is her skill. what exactly does her weight have to do with her talent and skills? Not a damn thing at all! Everyone is so damn image crazy on this planet it is just sickening. Not everyone is meant to be small, not everyone is meant to be big(and trust me not all big girls or guys just sit around and eat all day and are lazy like people would love to believe) There is a good reason we are all different in many different ways….THE WORLD WOULD BE BORING IF WE WERE ALL THE SAME!

  69. Hannah Jinn

    Savannah Heider I was incredibly overweight at one point in my life, as well. I suffered no high blood pressure, no diabetes, no weight related illnesses whatsoever. Aside from my PCOS, my doctors told me I was one of the healthiest overweight individuals they had ever met. Of course I lost weight because its what I wanted to do for myself, and yes I'm glad I did. Like someone mentioned earlier, automatically assuming someone is "miserable" and "unhealthy" because of their weight is a terrible conclusion to jump to. Gabourey is a beautiful, funny, and talented young woman. She is looked up to for and because of these things. She radiates confidence, and in my opinion a positive self image is the perfect picture of health and happiness. I'm glad she doesn't let the rude things people say about her deter her from living her dream.

  70. Hannah Jinn

    Savannah Heider I was incredibly overweight at one point in my life, as well. I suffered no high blood pressure, no diabetes, no weight related illnesses whatsoever. Aside from my PCOS, my doctors told me I was one of the healthiest overweight individuals they had ever met. Of course I lost weight because its what I wanted to do for myself, and yes I'm glad I did. Like someone mentioned earlier, automatically assuming someone is "miserable" and "unhealthy" because of their weight is a terrible conclusion to jump to. Gabourey is a beautiful, funny, and talented young woman. She is looked up to for and because of these things. She radiates confidence, and in my opinion a positive self image is the perfect picture of health and happiness. I'm glad she doesn't let the rude things people say about her deter her from living her dream.

  71. Kita Shava

    I Have been considered by most doctor's over weight for half of my life. I have lost weight. Sometimes I gain it back. I Exercise. Some years more than others. I go to the doctor for annual checks ups and other than my weight, there is nothing wrong with me other than I'm anemic(hereditary in my family). The only time there has been a concern in my health is this year. My blood sugar was high and it's not because I eat very badly, it's because I wasn't exercising.. I was exercising because I was having knee pains and it hurt to walk for more than 20 min.. (nothing to do with my weight ). Since I've gotten all of that taken care of I'm good .. Lost 10lbs. However I said all of that to say, you never know what someone's situation is and why they are the way they are. As long as you are happy and healthy who cares… People should be their on role models and inspiration..

  72. Kyni HoodproperValleygyrl BadgirlGonegood

    Savannah she does not make black women feel like being overweight is good. I'm skinny and I don't care how big or small anyone is. I think it doesn't matter though, if she is happy what business is it of ours!?!

  73. Mana Heaven Sent

    Savannah Heider AS SHE ALSO STATED ,.."LOOK UP TO THOSE HO ENCOURAGES OR INSPIRES YOU IN PARTICULAR. " i DONT THINK SHES SENDING A BAD MESSAGE AT ALL i THINK SHES BEING HER SELF AND LOVING HERSELF AS SHE IS FIRST.wHOS TO SAY SHES NOT EXERCISING OR HAVE A THYROID ISSUE. sHES BEAUTIFUL JUST THE WAY SHE IS. iM SURE SHE IS TRYING TO PROLONG HER LIFE. aCTING IS VERY HARD WORK AND YOU DEFINALTLY CANT BE LAZY DOING/PURSUING THAT CAREER. GIRLS ARE KILLING THEMSELVES BECAUSE THEY WANNA BE SKINNY AND EVERY DIET OR EXCERCISE THEY TRY ISNT WORKING. fAT SHOULD NOT BE ON THE LIST sKINNY SHOULD BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE PUT IN INSTITUTIONS FOR BALEMIA&ANOREXIA nOT OBESITY. gLAD SHE DIDNT LET THAT WOMAN DISCOURAGE HER. SIZE DOESNT DETERMINE HEALTH ANYWAY AROUND…

  74. Sad Liza

    Savannah Heider, I don't even know where to begin! I have started, deleted, and started a comment so many times! I am that frustrated over your comment. When I turned 19 I joined the Navy. Even though I was at a decent weight, I always had a little pouf of a tummy. I thought I was fat because of it and could never have a completely healthy view of my body. It is our culture and our criticism of other women that does this to young girls. It needs to stop! All body types are beautiful simply because there is more to humans then their bodies! While in boot camp and even when I went to my A-Class (where exercise is optional), I worked out as hard as the men did. I was in tip top shape and never lost that little pouf of a tummy. I met a female on the ship I was stationed on and became friends with her. She was naturally thin. She didn't diet or exercise to have the body she had. She told me that even though she is thin, with hardly any body fat, that she couldn't do a sit up to save her life. I had another friend (male) who was skinny. He was tired of being that way so he started eating lots of fatty foods like red meats and whole milk. He never gained weight and his doctor told him that he needs to stop eating like that because he developed high cholesterol. Mia Michaels of So You Think You Can Dance isn't thin, but she sure can dance. Don't you have to be "healthy" in order to be able to dance without having problems, like shortness of breath, etc? Lesson for you today: Skinny, thin, doesn't always equal healthy. Fat doesn't always equal unhealthy. Like we all don't know someone who can eat fast food and never gain weight…and then some who just look at a donut and gain weight? How do you know Gabourey Sidibe is unhealthy anyway? Have you talked to her doctor?

  75. Sad Liza

    jrpaige1952 : Gross-opinion. To each their own. Unhealthy: statement with no factual backing.

  76. Keith Saddler Sr.

    I be saying the same thing whenever I watch Tv, damn near every commercial is for some diet pill, diet plan, work out plan, cosmetic surgery, not everybody is meant to be Slim, Skinny, muscled up, smfh @ people, no wonder God refers to Mankind as "Sheep", whatever people are told is Fashionable, they dumbasses do it, people need to learn to be comfortable in their own skin and stop worrying about wtf other people think, jus my opinion

  77. Kellie Amanda 'kafree' Freeman

    ppl should be recognized for the size of their talents. You have some plus size & thin entertainers who have no talent! Besides, ppl are going to criticize in this field. If it's not weight, it's body parts, (like the dear, talented Barbra Striesand & her nose, J-Lo & her booty), anything. But, unfortunally, it's a tough industry.

  78. Sad Liza

    Savannah Heider …and she was successful BEFORE the weight loss. The point of the article is that she is being told that she won't make it in this business because of her weight. If Jennifer Hudson wanted to lose weight, then good for her, but just because she did that doesn't mean everyone has to follow her path. I read your comments about your own weight. Your issues are your issues, not everyone is going to have the same experiences as you. I have a thyroid problem and it's hard for me to lose weight. Doctors are no help. I am going to try everything I can to get my body in shape, but that's because I want to do that, not because I think I will be healthier for it. I am healthy. I see doctors on a regular basis and there is never a problem. See, that is my story. I would never dictate to anyone else that how they look is not right…or make snap judgments about others based on my own experiences. We are all different and we all deal with our lives the way we feel is best. This young girl's weight is not your issue. It really isn't. If you feel so strongly about it maybe you should consider a job where you can help others lose weight. If someone is LOOKING for what you have to say it is more welcome then just throwing your opinion on everyone as if they are supposed to listen to it. (as it pertains to weight and health)

  79. Karen Spivak

    Savannah Heider I do get a bit sick of this, "what type of message are we sending to our youth," arguement. How about the message that people come in all shapes and sizes and as an RN I know plenty of thin people in horrible health.

  80. Karen Spivak

    Carice McKinney I love your reply to Savannah-as I said I'm sick of the ," of what kind of message are we sending our youth argument." IAccording to Savannah's logic no person over the ideal weight can ever deliver a positive message and in her words are a,"bad example."Give me a break. I'm an RN and have seen plenty of outwardly thin people drop dead of heart attacks. Gab is a beautiful woman in my eyes who has curves like a woman-not a curvless body like an 8 year old boy. As an FYI-in the fertillty clinic that I work in most of the infertile female patients are very, very thin. The women with some body fat seem to get pregnant much easier. The female body was made curvy for a reason and perhaps childbearing is why.

  81. Karen Spivak

    Carice McKinney I love your reply to Savannah-as I said I'm sick of the ," of what kind of message are we sending our youth argument." IAccording to Savannah's logic no person over the ideal weight can ever deliver a positive message and in her words are a,"bad example."Give me a break. I'm an RN and have seen plenty of outwardly thin people drop dead of heart attacks. Gab is a beautiful woman in my eyes who has curves like a woman-not a curvless body like an 8 year old boy. As an FYI-in the fertillty clinic that I work in most of the infertile female patients are very, very thin. The women with some body fat seem to get pregnant much easier. The female body was made curvy for a reason and perhaps childbearing is why.

  82. Dawn Parker Slanker

    I'm happy for her and very happy that she proved Joan Cusack wrong. Honestly, though, I feel bad for Joan. I don't think she's unattractive, but she is almost always cast in geeky, nerdy, not so attractive roles. I imagine that Hollywood is hard for anyone outside the status quo.

  83. Coyolxauqui Paxal

    There are so many ugly ass whit people in Hollywood. What about them? Woody Allen, Angelica Houston, Diane Keaton, Christopher Walken….the list goes on and on and on…..sorry but Hollywood is all about nepitism…Gabby is sweet, SMART, and talented! That makes her BEAUTIFUL, by MY standards!

  84. Josh Mata

    She is the one in a billion! I said that in another post. She beat the odds! Name me 5 more morbidly obese success stories?

  85. Carice McKinney

    Ok … "Mike & Molly", Kevin James – "King of Queens", Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Hudson – her success and Oscar came at her heaviest weight, Mia Tyler plus size model, Jill Scott R&B singer, Ralphie May, "Meet the Browns",

  86. Allison Davis

    Savannah Heider ….WOW ! I can't believe this is coming from a person who, just by looking at your head shot, is OBVIOUSLY not living a healthy lifestyle either!!!! PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH!!! flaBBERGASTED BY THIS ONE…

  87. Kelly Ward

    Sad Liza do you seriously argue that being that over weight isn't unhealthy???? I'm nowhere near that over weight but feel and undertsand the repercussions of being overweight everyday… you need to do a little research if you think there is no factual backing

  88. Domestic Violence is always a blackeye to any community

    Matt Fenstermacher – WHAT DOES RACE HAS TO DO WITH IT? IF I'M NOT MISTAKEN WE ARE TALKING ABOUT HER REFERENCED WEIGHT… AND WHO SAID SHE GREW UP POOR?! WE ALL GO THROUGH HARD TIMES AT SOME POINT IN LIFE< ARE YOU STEREOTYPING? BECAUSE HER MOTHER IS A SINGER AND HER FATHER DROVE CABS TO PUT HIS CHILDREN THROUGH SCHOOL… =0

  89. Domestic Violence is always a blackeye to any community

    HOW IS SHE MAKING A MOCKERY? LOST BY YOUR COMMENT… AND WHITE PEOPLE ARE NOT ALL EVIL…THERE IS EVIL IN ALL RACES… LET'S NOT FORGET WE WOULDN'T HAVE NEVER BEEN SLAVES IF US COUSINS(YES I SPOKE EBONICS ON YOU) DIDN'T SELL US TO THE EUROPEANS… SOME BLACK FOLKS OVER LOOK THE PART ( A LITTLE KNOWN BLACK HISTORY FACT BROUGHT TO YOU BY "WE THE PEOPLE")

  90. Sad Liza

    Kelly Ward I have experience as my backing. I made another comment before this one but I don't see it. When I was in the Navy I talked to two naturally thin people. They both shared their experiences with me. One was a female. She told me that just because she is thin it doesn't mean that she is in good shape. She told me that she couldn't do a push up to save her life. The other friend was a male. He told me he was tired of being skinny so he started eating fatty foods like lots of red meat and whole milk. Not only did he not gain weight but his doctor told him that he needed to stop eating the way he was because he developed high cholestrol. Now my example. When I joined the Navy at 19 I had a little pouf of a tummy. I ate healthy and had to constantly stay active in boot camp. 3 months later I still had my little pouf of a tummy and hadn't lost any weight. Not that I was overweight. I just thought I was fat compared to other women. I went on to my A school where physical fitness was an option. I chose to go to pt and not only exercise but do what were considered the "men's" options. My body never changed. I was healthy, though. I never got muscular no matter how hard I worked out. The point? We are not all the same, you can't judge a book by it's cover and there are myths that exist that need to be exposed. Also, the point I was making is that how can anyone say she isn't healthy unless they talk to her doctor…or if she hasn't come out and said she has some kind of health problem? Anyone who says she is unhealthy without either of those to back their statment in simply making an assumption that she is unhealthy ONLY because she is overweight.

  91. Michele Harris

    Yes the world is one big ass high school. Every day I see it and other do to, is it right no. I agree with some people that I would rather see a real person, but that is not what hollywood is made up of even though there are exception to the rule. Forget the haters Miss Sidibe, even though your agent or some other person in hollywood will sugest that you lose weight to get more roles and maybe like the rest you will follow suit. Look at Jennifer Hudson.

  92. Matt Fenstermacher

    Wow that's a lot of judging for people who think its wrong to judge people you don't know. None of you know her and you make it sound like your best friends with her and you hang out all the time. but most of you proved my point with your own comments you should read though all of them. All I was saying she can only play one kinda part and unfortunately for her theres not a part like that in enough movies to get rich. There plenty of actors and actresses that can only play one kinda part. Which is why I used a Charlie sheen reference. Most of his acting is the same kinda character. That why he wasn't really big after he lost his young and hot factor. If it wasn't for 2 and a half men. He'd just be some druggy star that used to be cool. That most of us would have never heard of.

    Oh and why dose our generation defend people who are over weight. You do realize that's a bad thing right. I mean yea that's great love who you are that is healthy but come on theres a just a point where you have to say its time to do something about that. Just the damage that dose to your joints and back alone not to mention all the increased risk of pretty much every thing. A little off topic I know but that drives me nuts when people are like oh well shes beautiful on the inside. Yea and shell probable die at 40 with that life style. I mean how can you defend that you may as well say its ok to smoke and put random needles that find on the street in your arm. If you really think there a great person you should get them to make better choices so the can live a healthier and more fulfilling life. Not a shorter and health complicated to the point where the last 10 years of there life are agonizing. Money and fame won't fix that.

  93. Jennifer Arlene Pereira

    I am also sick of hearing "bad example". Because no one complains about the celebrities that get plastic surgery every few months, or Lindsey Lohan constantly steeling, or Miley Cyrus being nasty. No one complains when the Kardashians set an example for girls to wear revealing clothing. Yet being fat is a bad example? I have 2 girls. And I hope like hell I succeed in teaching them that modesty isn't a bad thing. I mean, Gabi may be large. But she is modest. And I would rather my girls look up to a person who doesn't have it all hanging out.

  94. Jennifer Arlene Pereira

    We all know that being over weight CAN BE a bad thing but not always. I have a disease that causes me to gain weight but I am otherwise healthy. A fat person can be healthy. Her weight shouldn't be a factor in her career. There are plenty of ugly celebrities that make me wonder "How did they get famous?" I'm not defending her being over weight. I'm just saying that it's unnecessary to bring the poor girl down about it. Maybe she will lose weight. Who knows. But that's her decision. It's crazy how so many people think it's ok to come to someone and tell them what they should and shouldn't do with their life. I was a little chubby in high school and I was in chamber choir. I wasn't told I couldn't have a solo because I was fat. And regardless of what I looked like, I still got a first place ribbon for being a good singer at an event. It's talent that matters. Not looks. And I think that it's great that she is doing what she is good at regardless of her health or her weight.

  95. Sad Liza

    Jennifer Arlene Pereira I love what you said! That's exactly how I feel about the whole "image" thing too.

  96. Sad Liza

    Matt Fenstermacher lol. There are women with different body types who have huge boobs (whether fake or real) that can cause back problems. Should there be no big boobs too? The reason people get upset is not just because of the person being talked about. There is a lot of prejudice against people who have a weight problem. People are always judging them based on their weight alone. If you never had a weight problem then you have no idea what it feels like to always know that is the first thing some people judge you on, even to the point never caring who you, if you're nice, etc. just because of the weight you carry. The first thing people usually think of when they see a fat person is that they are just some glutton that doesn't care about themselves. So, yeah…people are going to get pissed when it happens to anyone, including an actress. She is a person with feelings, you know. It's good for her to know that there are people who aren't judging her by her appearance alone.

  97. Erika Figueroa

    Matt Fenstermacher Matt Fenstermacher again YOU are missing the point and you are chasing around the issue that you yourself brought up which was her TALENT or in your opinion lack of talent. What we are all saying and we were passionate about it is that she does have talent.

  98. Loraine Lorindia Irving

    Her success is wonderful. Unfortunately as a health professional that doesn't change the fact that unless Miss Sidibe loses a considerable amount of adipose tissue, that success will be short lived.