After her Golden Globe appearance, Gabourey Sidibe was the target of some nasty comments about her weight and general appearance. Gabby, who broke onto the scene for her role in Precious and was a regular on this season of American Horror Story: Coven, had a couple of slick responses ready.
To people making mean comments about my GG pics, I mos def cried about it on that private jet on my way to my dream job last night. #JK
— Gabourey Sidibe (@GabbySidibe) January 13, 2014
For those of you who don’t know, this is shade of the most graceful and concise kind. It’s like a direct punch in the face by brass knuckles, under a soft leather glove. She followed it up with this gem.
— Gabourey Sidibe (@GabbySidibe) January 14, 2014
To the untrained eye, this might just sound like expressed gratitude. But to those of us fluent in shade, what Gaby is saying is that there are more palm trees and umbrellas where that came from. As a lifelong fat girl myself, I’ve gotten pretty good at shutting down nasty remarks before they even come up. And years of ridicule at my expense has made me a master at playing the proverbial “dozens.” And while I have a dream that one day my fellow fat girls won’t have to stay on the defense, ready give out a verbal lashings at any given moment, we aren’t there yet.
So until we get there, Gabby, you make me proud.
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