2010-03-13

The Hollywood Standard of "Looking Good, Feeling Gorgeous"





Howard Stern recently made some comments about Gabourey Sidibe, the star of "Precious".

Here is a sample of the comments:

“There’s the most enormous, fat black chick I’ve ever seen. She is enormous. Everyone’s pretending she’s a part of show business and she’s never going to be in another movie. “She should have gotten the Best Actress award because she’s never going to have another shot. What movie is she gonna be in?”


Unfortunately, Howard is right, she's big and black, and that will be held against her in Hollywood. Fat people and black people have a hard time finding roles. That's just how the movie industry works. To look good and feel gorgeous in Hollywood, you have to be skinny and light. The movie "Precious" was a prime role for her. She had to play a dark skinned black girl who's extremely overweight. She nailed it. But I don't think she nailed the role simply because she was fat and black. She nailed it, because she's a good actress. Her fat and her blackness helped her in that role, but her acting was what ultimately lead to her getting her Oscar nomination. Yes, Howard's an idiot, but he told the truth in regards to Hollywood standards.

I think at times Hollywood, like the music industry has focused too much on the glamour and not enough on the substance, which is why we have sequels for each and every movie that comes out, and every movie seems to be a remake. I will commend the casting director of "Precious" for choosing Sidibe, instead of going with a more well-known actress and making them appear fat.

PS: Gabourey Sidibe at least for now is getting some work. She's slated to star in a movie and a TV series.