Gabourey Sidibe says fat-shaming viral video queen Nicole Arbour “is incredibly ignorant” and doesn’t know what she’s talking about.
Nicole Arbour recently made a YouTube clip, in which she ranted and shamed people who are overweight and obese. She received critical backlash over the viral video, even though Arbour claimed the video was “satire.”
Gabourey Sidibe told People she couldn’t find anything funny about the video and didn’t even watch the whole thing.
“I saw a little bit – about as much of it as I could take,” Sibide admitted while she attended the revealing of Empire’s curated collection at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City.
“I think she is incredibly ignorant. I mean she’s saying also that it’s comedy, so… and it’s a joke… I mean maybe it’s not funny to me because I am a plus-size woman.”
However, Sidibe is not taking the YouTube rant seriously, because she says it’s not about her. Gabourey thinks Arbour needs to educate herself a lot more about obesity and other weight-related issues before she makes a public statement about it again.
“And, she’s wrong about me – and, she’s wrong about a lot of us,” Sidibe said. “I don’t think that she has enough information to speak on what she spoke on. And she did – and, you know, she’s wrong.”
As for Arbour, she has been fired as a choreographer for an upcoming movie due to the backlash, according to Starcasm. However, she’s not apologizing to Gabourey Sidibe or anyone else who was offended by her six-minute rant.
“I feel it’s really important,” said Nicole, “that we make fun of everybody. I think [what] brings us together and unites us as people is that we can poke fun at all of us.”
She also claims that she is not fat-shaming anyone — rather, she is just telling it like it is. She called her now-infamous rant “an intense form of truth telling.”
Gabourey Sidibe has admitted her weight has brought her harsh criticism from people, but she has managed to take the negative comments and turn them into positives throughout her life.
“If I hadn’t been told I was garbage, I wouldn’t have learned how to show people I’m talented,” Gabourey Sidibe explained. “And if everyone had always laughed at my jokes, I wouldn’t have figured out how to be so funny. If they hadn’t told me I was ugly, I never would have searched for my beauty. And if they hadn’t tried to break me down, I wouldn’t know that I’m unbreakable.”
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