Rooting for Gabby Sidibe: PopEater Readers Are in Her Corner
By The Pop Chorus Posted Mar 19th 2010 07:00AM
PopEater has been steadily tracking the rise of breakthrough talent Gabourey Sidibe from the moment that the first screenings of 'Precious' took place in Sundance last winter. We cheered when Oprah and Tyler Perry stood behind the film, jumped for joy the day Gabby took home an Academy Award nomination and watched proudly as she owned the Oscar red carpet. We've been amazed that people doubted whether her career would take off. Our own Rob Shuter weighed in on Joy Behar's show last week to discuss her next steps. Our audience weighed in with hundreds of comments following Howard Stern's harsh criticisms of her. We then turned it over to our readers to join our growing Pop Chorus to tell us just why Gabby will have future success in Hollywood. Here are some standout opinions:
She Did It by Sylvie Branch
Today, I'll watch Gabourey Sidibe. Ten years ago, I wouldn't have. Five years ago, I wouldn't have. But now, I will. This plus-sized actress and others have transformed my outlook. I have always had an extreme fear of fat, going so far as to starve myself and recklessly abuse my body. My dreams were often shelved until I was thin enough. I'd say to myself, "Once I'm really skinny, then I can be pursue my dreams. Once I hit that magic number, then I'll be successful." Gabby went ahead and followed her dream regardless of the circumference of her thighs. I love this about her. I want her to succeed, for all of us that are so fearful of fat and for all those waiting in the wings until they "lose 20 lbs in 2 days." More From Sylvie on How She Came Around >>>
Thanking Howard Stern For Turning Me on To Gabby by Matthew Wilkening
As a dedicated Howard Stern show listener and someone who thinks most Oprah Winfrey-supported movies are pandering and formulaic, I was very surprised to find myself, just yesterday, rooting for Gabourey Sidibe to have a long, successful career. I understand and agree with Howard's concern over the potential health concerns tied to her weight. But some people can handle extra pounds -- or smoking cigars everyday -- and live long lives. And if she's one of them, more power to her. Matt Knows Gabby Intends To Be Around for a While. Read More of His Thoughts >>>
Her Weight Makes Her Different ... and Special by Erik Luers
We're wrong to be looking at the issue from the standpoint of, "Will Gabby Sidibe get more leading roles in the future?" Rather, let's take a step back and ask ourselves if the success of 'Precious' will inspire more writers to make films about plump African-American women. Forget for a moment about Sidibe getting the roles. Instead, let's talk about whether or not there are any out there for her to get. Screenwriters will be presented with a difficult and risky task, attempting to sell a script to a major studio about a black woman who doesn't fit the traditional model of beautiful. To those screenwriters, I say: Bring it on. Read More From Erik on Hollywood's Challenge with Gabby>>>
Gabby Is 100 Percent Real by Charley Anne Prescott
People are putting so much emphasis on her weight that they are totally disregarding the fact that this young woman almost won an Oscar. Do I need to repeat that? If you know the history of the Academy Awards, Hattie McDaniel was the first black person -- male or female -- to win an Academy Award in 1939 for Best Supporting Actress in 'Gone With the Wind.' She was quite far from being a size 2, and she definitely did not look like Halle Berry. Read More From Charley on Gabby's Similarities with a 'Grey's Anatomy' Star >>>
It's Her Talent That's Huge by Linda Leseman
It's no secret that Gabourey Sidibe gave a heart-wrenching performance of a lifetime in 'Precious.' It's also no secret that her weight could limit the number of roles she's offered in the future. This raises an important question: Do we champion Sidibe's acting career despite the fact that she's a plus-sized woman, because of that fact or regardless of it? She has received accolades for her role in 'Precious' not because she is full-figured, but because she gave an astounding performance. Sidibe's acting abilities should be nurtured and her career allowed to blossom. It's not because she's physically big; it's because her talent is huge. Read More From Linda on the Problem with Curves in Hollywood >>>
Gabby Deserves Our Envy, Not Our Pity by Susan Kayhan
We could all feel sorry for Gabourey Sidibe, but there's really no need. She's talented, young and famous, and let's not forget why you know her name: she's an Oscar-nominated actress, in a category she shared this year with Meryl Streep and Sandra Bullock. That's nothing to scoff at. Gabourey Sidibe just may be the talent that encourages producers and studios to greenlight more diverse characters and have confidence in casting actresses who don't fit the conventional beauty mold. I'm bored of seeing those kind of movies, roles and actresses. Sidibe is already off to a great start. She's more deserving of our envy than our pity. Read More From Susan on Four Reasons Gabby Will Rule Hollywood >>>
Gabourey Sidibe Snapshots
Actress Gabourey Sidibe arrives at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on March 7, 2010 in Hollywood, California. 82nd Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals Kodak Theatre Hollywood, CA United States March 7, 2010 Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage.com To license this image (17186218), contact WireImage.com
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