Was Gabourey Sidibe rude to several Washington reporters?

Gabourey Sidibe arrives at the White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington

Oh noes! HuffPo just compiled the worst grouping of criticism about my girl, Gabourey Sidibe. I’ve defended Gaby so many times – partly because I hate the way everyone gangs up on her, and partly because I’ve always thought she comes across as a really sweet, funny, positive young woman. Not so much, if these reports can be believed. And I tend to think they could be – these are anecdotal stories from Washington reporters. I’m not saying Washington reporters don’t lie, I’m just saying that I don’t see why they would lie about this.

Washington Post columnist/blogger Jonathan Capehart took to his blog to complain about how “mean” Sidibe was when he approached her at the Correspondents’ Dinner last weekend:

It’s always a let-down when folks you’ve admired or respected from afar turn out to be jerks in person. Case in point: Gabourey Sidibe, the Oscar-nominated actress in the title role of “Precious.”

Y’all know how much I loved the powerful film from director Lee Daniels about an obese New York City teenager enduring unspeakable abuse at the hands of her parents. After Oscar night, I wrote, “I was rooting for Gabourey Sidibe for best actress. But the moment edgy comedienne Mo’Nique won the Oscar for supporting actress, I knew that the divine Sidibe was toast.” But after meeting Sidibe at the White House Correspondents dinner and hearing about others’ negative encounters with her, I’m putting down my pompoms.

I was thrilled to spot her at a table laughing uproariously with the man sitting to her right. “I know you’re having a good time and I’m sorry to interrupt,” I began. My next sentence didn’t come out because Sidibe shouted over the din, “Yeah, come back in five minutes!” Thinking she was joking, I laughed and pretended to walk away. When I noticed that the look in her eyes meant she was serious, I walked back to her and said, “I just wanted to congratulate you on your nomination. I thought your performance was spectacular. I even wrote a column about it.” After wishing her good luck, I rejoined my friends.

Back at the table, I sheepishly related the incident to my colleague Jo-Ann Armao. “Oh! She’s horrible,” Armao said in her wonderfully blunt way. She told me that she saw Sidibe at the pre-cocktails and told her that she’d seen “Precious” three times (an amazing emotional feat that only adds to my awe of Armao) and that she thought Sidibe’s performance was “incandescent.” What was Sidibe’s response? “I guess I should say, ‘Thank you.'”

At the MSNBC after party, the partner of a “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” producer said to me, “Look! There’s Gabby Sidibe. I’m going to ask her to take a picture with me.” I warned him, “She’s mean.” To which he said, “I don’t care. I just want a picture.” I didn’t see what went down, but the dejected fan came back and said incredulously, “She said no.” No doubt the constant interruptions and jostling are bothersome. Her ever-shrinking zone of privacy must be irksome, too. And there’s no law that says Sidibe has to show grace to her fans or appreciation for their kind words. But a true star would.

At a dinner for the BET Honors back in January here in Washington, I had the pleasure of sitting next to Oscar-nominated actress and singer Queen Latifah. To be honest, I expected to get the Sidibe treatment. Instead, Latifah was as interesting as she was interested. She greeted fans who came over with a smile and warmth that made people happy they worked up the courage just to say hello. Latifah knows that without fans she has no career. Sidibe’s behavior shows she has yet to learn that.

[From Capehart’s blog post at WaPo]

Yikes, right? I mean, I can’t even find a justification for this, something along the lines of “she was just minding her own business, the guy sounds like an a-hole.” Because she sounds like the a-hole, and Capehart sounds like he was just trying to politely geek out on her because he liked her performance. And they were at a public function – one in which I’m sure Gaby was invited as a guest of a media outlet. The only thing I question is why Capehart – who is black, just FYI – decided that he should compare Gaby’s behavior to Queen Latifah’s? Is that the only other celebrity he’s ever met? Or is it because they’re both black women?

HuffPo also noted this incident, as recounted by MediaBistro:

So, who was the weekend’s biggest (no pun intended) disappointment so far?

FishbowlDC heard the same complaint throughout last night: Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe, star of ‘Precious’ was “not so precious at all,” “anything but precious” and some comments were less complimentary than that.

When asked for a picture, the less-than-enthused newbie star could barely crack a smile. One photo-seeking fan said jokingly, “that’s all you’re going to give me,” to the pouty Precious. Gabby responded, “you’ll get what I give you.”

Later in the evening FishbowlDC overheard a Politico reporter asking Gabby for a quick interview. Gabby replied, “one question” and then proceeded to give the reporter a one-word answer. When asked a follow up Q, not-so-Precious said, “sounds like three questions, good night.”

Note to Gabby: You’re already 5 into your 15 minutes of fame so simmer down.

[From Media Bistro]

Ugh. It’s far more likely that Gaby is this person being described, rather than several prominent Washington reporters/bloggers all making up some sh-t about Gaby. So I have my own note to Gaby: it’s okay to be a bitch. It’s okay to stand up for yourself. It’s okay to not be in the mood for fans. But you still need to be a professional when you’re appearing at a public function in which reporters will note your every mood and action. If you don’t want to be bothered, don’t go. I don’t care if you’re uncomfortable, I don’t care if you have yet to learn how to handle your fans and your stardom. Buck up and be a pro, or don’t go. Your attendance is not mandatory. And if you continue to act like this, no will invite you anywhere anyway.

Gabourey Sidibe arrives at the White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington

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  1. call-in says:

    she’s escorting herself out of whatever limelight she’s in

  2. Paul E. Stanley says:

    I can believe it. I’ll be glad when we don’t have to see her again, well her and Kate, and Lindsey.

  3. Naye in VA says:

    His comment about Queen Latifah is irrelevant becuase she has been in the business for almost 20 years. I think you have to learn to be a class act in Hollywood, and just like Kristen Stewart being thrust into a lot of fame in a short period of time sucks. She’s probably all the more uptight becuase of the fact that everybody hounds her about her wieght and her looks.

    That being said she needs a publicist to tell her she needs to learn to play the game becuase it is what it is, and noboby likes a bitch, all the more so a fat one.

  4. ,,,, says:

    @ Naye in VA – I understand what you’re saying about Queen Latifah and I agree that you do have to learn to be a class act. But with that said, you can also learn to be a total diva too. Living the good life for a long time can leave some people feeling entitled. Lindsay Lohan and Jennifer Lopez are good examples of this. I think it all just depends on the person really.

    On a completely different note, the second picture of Gabby is terribly unflattering. It looks more like a grimace than a smile.

  5. prissa says:

    … she thought Sidibe’s performance was “incandescent.” What was Sidibe’s response? “I guess I should say, ‘Thank you.’”

    Not to sound mean or like I’m stereotyping (I’m a BW BTW) but perhaps she didn’t know what incandescent means and that’s why she replied that way. Trying to give the benefit of the doubt here…

    For her other rude behavior: ditto what Naye in VA said.

  6. CC says:

    See I know you thought the comment about the money shot was funny, but when I heard it I thought it came off really poorly and disgusting. I’ve suspected she is not sweet and charming for a while

  7. FattyMcButterpants says:

    Excellent, now we can safely call her a big fat fatty and not worry about reprecussions.


    Girl, you is FAT.

  8. I should be working says:

    COOOKIES. That’s all I can think of looking at all the blue. She sounds nasty; maybe b/c she was getting so many props for being saucy, she thought that’s what she was projecting. Hope she can get it together. If we’re going to continue to see pics of her, they should be at least accompanied by a nice story. That was kinda mean, but hey, it’s SHOW BIZ.

  9. padiddle says:

    I still think she is a spitfire, not rude, but this doesn’t bode well.
    Then again, the one guy said he could tell she was TALKING to someone else and approached her anyway – if someone interuppted my conversation I would be less than pleasant also.
    The other stuff seems inexcusable, but I still like her, so I’ll wait to hear more before I judge.

  10. EB says:

    Sounds like she was being a jerk, BUT I have to say I find the constant “she’s anything but precious” and plays on the word to be totally annoying. Get an imagination! She’s not the character!!

    But yes, she may not have been in a partying mood, but girl too bad you are at a party!

  11. simplicity says:

    I saw one round table with fellow actor’s, post the Oscar’s, and thought her an arrogant pre-bescent. She’ll grow or go.

  12. Lady Nightshade says:

    Yeah I saw her on the TMZ show (i promise I don’t normally watch that) and she was really rude to the paps, which is ok I guess but then a fan gave her some flowers and she just handed them over to one of the camaera guys.

  13. VZ says:

    There is no reason to be rude, she hasn’t acheived that status to act like a diva with only 1 movie under her belt. Mo’Nique was the best thing about Precious anyway. Gabby, get off your high horse and be thankful people are still paying attention to you.

  14. I Choose Me says:

    Oh honey, No. No, No. You’ve been in one succesful movie. One. There’s no excuse for diva-tude. If this is true.

  15. Catherine says:

    In her defense (just for a moment) let’s put ourselves in her shoes and think how you would feel being constantly interrupted during conversations, dinners with friends, etc. It would get irritating and I can understand why she says no.
    Ok, on the other hand, her fans are what will make or break her and the press seems to be doing a good job so far and justifiably so, if all things are correct in these accounts. But as long as she has Oprah with her nose so far up her ass, she is going to continue to be glorified. Let’s see what damage control Oprah can do at this point to save her precious Gabby.

  16. lucy2 says:

    So far everything I’ve seen of her has been sweet and funny, and honestly don’t think what was told about her was THAT bad. While I think there has to be some truth to this, it also sounds like each account got a bit exaggerated. She wasn’t super charming and happy when he interrupted her, so he later tells someone else she’s mean? She doesn’t gush thank yous for a compliment, so therefore she’s horrible? While she could have been nicer, I’ve heard of other celebs being far worse.
    I have a feeling it’s a combo of several things. 1, people are constantly coming up and praising her for the movie, the novelty of the compliments has worn off, 2, she’s completely new to this, doesn’t yet know how to play the game, and 3, it’s a build you up to tear you down business, and after months of praising her, now it’s time to gripe about her.

    If this continues and gets worse, then I’ll believe she’s a diva or a jerk, and there’s no excuse for that. But I don’t think she’s at that point yet.

  17. Kim says:

    Also on that TMZ clip someone shouted “You are beautiful and the b**ch said “I Know” .She wasn’t joking. She then said” who gave me these flowers a male fan said “I did” . She responded “take them back” and handed them to him.

  18. Praise St. Angie! says:

    gf needs a better wig. Get Tyra on the phone!

  19. JulieNewmar says:

    Am not digging this girl’s attitude, never did. It came off as cocky to me right from the start.

  20. Feebee says:

    Great, so she’s human. Not happy and funny all the time, she has a inner bitch that saw the light of day.

    Not condoning the behaviour if she was in fact out of line. She’s SO happy to be on the red carpet etc etc, well now it’s payback time. Be nice to your public, your ride might not last long.

  21. ses says:

    As a novice, maybe Gabby learned how to treat the press from her costar, Mo’nique. Now THOSE were some of the most uncomfortable and straight-up rude comments I’ve heard an actress deliver to the press – on an Oscar campaign, no less!

    Gabby saying “you’ll get what I give you” sounds like it could have come from Mo’Nique. Maybe she just needs to learn to walk a better line of “sass” and the “humble” reporters come to expect.

  22. Shona says:

    I hate to say this but she isn’t pretty enough to get away with that kind of behavior. Her personality is the only thing she had going for her.

  23. Maritza says:

    I was going to say the same thing, I think her friendship with Monique is rubbing in.

  24. meme says:

    tick tock tick tock those 15 minutes are dwindling honey

  25. julie says:

    sorry to nitpick, maybe it’s because i’m a journalist myself, but i take great offense to people assuming these reporters would lie. our careers are RUINED, (jason blair, stephen glass anyone?) if it is discovered we lied about something. if capehart or any reporter for that matter decided it would be a good idea to make stuff up about anything it most certainly would not be about this. don’t go around assuming reporters lie. they’re out of jobs if they do and it’s something taken very seriously in the industry. all we have is our word, we don’t take it lightly.

  26. Marita says:

    this was a MEDIA EVENT. the whole POINT is to do interviews, be seen, and be photographed. Of course people will be trying to speak with you all night (if you are lucky). Suck it up!

  27. Lindsay says:

    “The only thing I question is why Capehart – who is black, just FYI – decided that he should compare Gaby’s behavior to Queen Latifah’s? Is that the only other celebrity he’s ever met? Or is it because they’re both black women?”

    My guess is it wasn’t really about race. From what I know of him he isn’t really a celebrity journalist, he tend to cover other issues. He probably is not around Hollywood type celebrities as often and doesn’t interview them regularly. The events he attends are probably different then the ones most Hollywood types go to. So he was looking for someone he could fairly compare her to – not politicians or famous journalists.

    He specifically mentioned Queen Latifah’s Oscar nomination in the story. I think he was trying to show they both a successful actresses that have been publicly recognized for their work. To me he was more making the point of them both being actresses of the same caliber. Just as politicians and journalist could be expected to act differently when you meet them; lesser known actors would understandably treat people differently than A-List, Oscar nominees who seem to have different rules of expected behavior.

    He was trying to compare apples to apples and show that there are highly respected actresses who do make the time to treat fans well and are nice to all the “little people.” Race was either a coincidence or one more similarity but not the most important factor.

    Also, Queen Latifah has been around longer and still takes the time, Gabourey should still be working on her reputation and becoming an established actress, not a flash in the pan. Hence the lines “a true star would” and “her behavior shows she has yet to learn that.” Queen Latifah’s actions showed she respected her fans and knew how important they are to her career.

    Anyway that is my 2 cents.

  28. Beck says:

    So disappointing… Maybe she will learn. I don’t think she will be around in another 2 years anyway.

  29. jover says:

    I’ll be glad when she’s out of the limelight, but given her girth and attitude that might take a while.

  30. Gigohead says:

    Gabby lacks media training and lacks social graces. If I were her agent, I would have had someone accompany her to ward off this situation. She’s awkward and ill-mannered Not her fault since she really hasn’t had this training.

    I feel more sorry than her than really judging her.

  31. Bella says:

    I don’t know nor really care about her personality or attitude (I have not seen the movie Precious) but what strikes me about these pictures is that this girl is way disgustingly obese and at such young age, if she does not make an effort to slim down quickly it might be her health that finally finishes her career.

  32. Harmony says:

    i thought that was very strange that he compared her to queen latifah : She does have a sassy attitude, and we already knew that, maybe she was just PMSing that night? Honestly, my friend is the nicest person you’ll ever meet but when shes on her period WATCH OUT. maybe thats the case with Gabourey…

  33. brenda says:

    Ummm…I’m sorry. She’s not hot enough to be a bitch.

  34. Thhbbb! says:

    Meh…prolly a mix of her naturally being “saucey” and new to the game, and reporters expecting her to grovel as the lowly “newbie”. We’ll shall see…

    What I always find amusing are those who diss the overweight while pretending that they are not fat-prejudiced. Instead, they pretend to be concerned for the health & welfare of the fattie-whom they have never met & their life does not affect them in the least.

    Be honest: it’s not the state of her arterial plaque, potential diabetes, or career oppotunities that bothers you. You are simply repulsed by obesity. Understood. But it is so lame to pretend that it is her health & well being that is your primary concern. Very transparent.

  35. Mary says:

    I just think she was very hungry.

  36. Rebecca says:

    WhoTF uses “incandescent” as a compliment?

  37. TG says:

    I don’t think her career is going to last. How many roles would she fit in well with? I think she might be pigeonholed.

  38. Missfit says:

    Well my opinion is that even if you are not a celebrity, people don’t have to be rude for no reason, unless given a reason to and depending the severity of the situation. Even for the simplest things, if a person goes through a drive through and picks up their food, goes to the grocery store…ANYWHERE, don’t forget your manners. Maybe she wasn’t taught any manners. I know I always appreciate just about anyone, no matter where they are working, I always say yes /no ma’am/sir, thank you so much, I really appreciate it. Why is it so hard to be thoughtful and considerate? Maybe not super annoyingly NICE where people will take advantage of you and yes, we can all have our inner bitches and assholes, (I know I have one). But if someone were to go up to you and give you a compliment, it’s really thoughtful. People should not forget where they came from, sadly some people do. The paparazzi, ya, I can imagine they are douche bags, all up someone’s ass, talking shit and humping your car and won’t let you go. But I imagine reporters are alot more professional, they know how to handle things, act and talk, and they are not just any moron off the street with a camera.

  39. Kittypants says:

    @TG – Totally agree. I can see her getting a couple of plum roles as a result of her performance in Precious, but long term…no way. Working in such a superficial business her current weight will always be an issue. Sad but true.

  40. Dani says:

    If she had to deal with people being rude to her and saying nasty things for no reason (like a lot of commenters on this site do, which is either from jealousy or just being ignorant for no reason) then I’m not surprised when she doesn’t get all happy to see people coming up to her. My cousin is 400 pounds and dreads when people come up to her because people have come up to her so many times and made fun of her.

    Any of you posters think of that? Being a star doesn’t change that.

    Also, this article is about her being mean, if she was. And all I see is comments about her weight, again. “Nobody likes a bitch, especially a fat one.” Nobody likes a bitch period, it has nothing to do with weight.

    Seriously people. Grow the hell up and leave her alone. It’s people like you that may be making her that way and not want to talk to people. Cant say I blame her.

  41. Zelda says:

    Never had an opinion of her either way. But we’re now neddling toward negative.

    “If she had to deal with people being rude to her and saying nasty things for no reason … then I’m not surprised when she doesn’t get all happy to see people coming up to her. My cousin is 400 pounds and dreads when people come up to her because people have come up to her so many times and made fun of her.
    Any of you posters think of that? Being a star doesn’t change that.”

    Yes, I could see initial anxiety about being approached. But when people are then nice to you and you are an asshat in return, well that’s just sh*tty behaviour.

  42. onyx says:

    I’m the last person to critize someone for their weight, but that can’t be healthy. mentally and physically. she is morbidly obese. and morbidly is not meant as an insult but rather a serious condition and warning. she should use her celebrity status and get some breaks on help and treatment, rather than going to celebrity dinners.

  43. Kitten says:

    “My cousin is 400 pounds and dreads when people come up to her because people have come up to her so many times and made fun of her”

    What the what?? Now we’re using her WEIGHT as an excuse to be rude? huh?

  44. Kim says:

    Whatever. The incidents Jonathan Capehart mentioned make him look like a simpering wuss who can’t handle the Sidibe. Sounds like she was pretty into her conversation, and it’s not like she told Capehart to go fuck himself, just that he should come back when they were done talking. Reasonable! Then, weirdly, he sees she’s serious and then… goes back and interrupts again? Why not just wait the damn 5 minutes? Like, I don’t understand how that translates to HER being rude. The other reporter he commiserated with sounds super pretentious. “Incandescent”? I’ve seen your movie three times? What was our girl supposed to say? I probably would have responded similarly.

    As far as “you’ll take what I give you,” any gay man worth his salt would have sassed her right back and she would’ve laughed. Seriously, people.

    I get the feeling these reporters think they’re doing her a huge favour by paying attention to a fat girl. When she’s not all sweetness and light and falling over herself thanking them for the attention, it’s fair game to call her a fat bitch. Weak.

    Sidibe FTW!!!

  45. nwilson says:

    Not saying that it is true about her attitude but if it is, she needs to calm herself down! She already has a few things against her thats not flattering to society eyes. FAT and UGLY!!!!. She needs to act anything but rude and ugly.

  46. Alexa says:

    I don’t think Ms. Sidibe did anything that terrible. I’m getting the feeling, however, that people believe that she SHOULD be all sweet and ingratiating 24/7 because we (her fans)have been such wonderful, generous people to have appreciated her even though she is . . . well . . . oh . . uhum . . . FAT!?!

    Come on! She’s new to this whole hollywood star FAME stuff. She most likely isn’t aware that it’s supposedly a “game” to be “played” (or maybe she doesn’t accept that pressure to “play the game”).

    She sounds like someone who’d rather be authentic than kiss people’s @sses.

  47. SolitaryAngel says:

    Hey Gabby: don’t bite the hand that feeds you!

  48. what movie roles’could she star or co-star in anyhow?

  49. BlahBlah says:

    Those fingernails make her hands look like bear paws. I hope she remembers that Hollywood is a cruel bitch-goddess that only cares about what you’ve done for her lately…

  50. M says:

    Here are my thoughts. Yes the one journalist did interrupt her during her lunch, but she could have said no more politely. The same goes for refusing pictures, questions etc. I’ve also heard that it’s not just reporters and paparazzi, but she’s also been rude to fans. And fans are the ones watching your movies, supporting you, defending you. I get that people have bad days, but I’m sure a simple thank-you would suffice. And I hate to say it, but she is already limiting her roles because of her weight. So getting a bad rep, now is only going to hurt her chances more.

  51. John doe says:

    Maybe the reporters interrupted her eating

  52. Zelda says:

    re: superficiality… Your post got me pondering…

    Now I’ve been thinking about it, and while in Hollywood, there is a double standard about overweight=bad, underweight=fine, there is the opposite double standard right here on these message boards…

    Everyone is so quick to apologise when saying the GS should lose weight, what with the “no offense” and “I hate to say its” but no one offers the same courtesies to Renee Zellwegger or SJP re their skinny bods.

    Extreme weights are, by nature, not what we want to see.

    So why is everyone dancing around it with GS? Okay, her roles will be limited, but that’s because she is not as pleasant to look at. Superficial? I suppose. But these are movies, not UN peace conferences. Yeah,apart from the occasionally heavy film, it IS all about wanting to watch what we see. Frankly, I remember enjoying Chicago way less than I should have because looking at RZ’s body was so unpleasant. And I feel the same way about GS. Why do I have to apologise for either?

    Fat, skinny, I don’t enjoy looking at your insanely extreme body. Period.

    Tragically, Hollywood still thinks it’s okay to put Ms Zellwegger’s collarbones in films. So yes, the double standard is a shame. But one exists on these message boards, too. I remember seeing several comments comparing a VS model to a plus-size lingerie model, saying how the VS model was “not a real woman,” and that the plus-size model was “what a real woman should look like”. Now I were to say “Gabby Sid’s body is different than mine–that is not what a real woman looks like” people would tear my commenting little heart out… (which they should–that “real woman” dig is cruel, illogical, and reeks of both insecurity and superiority, somehow)

    So I’m going to open a can of worms and say GS’s big fat arms are just as unattractiove as SJP’s gristly jerky ones. And I’m not “sorry to say” it, with “no offense”.
    Equal superficiality applied to all.

  53. Bella says:

    Zelda, you made a great point and I totally agree with you. Whenever there is a thread about a very thin person I am always surprised how extremely cruel and catty some of the comments are but when there is a thread about an overweight person even if that person looks unhealthy bad in reality, there are still people who defend them and praise them just because of their own agenda against thinner people. To be honest, I take some of the thinner people over the overweight people that have been featured here.

    I personally don’t particularly feel comfortable about criticizing anyone for the heck of it, I just share my opinion if I see someone’s health is being jeopardize whether concerning a thin person or an overweight person.

  54. Melissa says:


  55. lin234 says:

    To start off, I’ve never understood the Gabby craze. Suddenly these online blogs are afraid to criticize her and continually try to “protect” her because she’s “their girl”. Why? Because not only is she morbidly obese, she’s (gasp) also black.

    I’ve always regarded her as just another faze. I watched Precious and Mo’Nique’s acting was really something. I felt that all Gabby did for her role was look down and look miserable – I wasn’t impressed. Her SNL performance was atrocious. With the storyline in Previous being about abuse, obesity, poverty, and incest, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who can criticize a rare film with all those issues.

    While there is a double standard in terms of weight, I’ll readily admit I’d rather see someone thin than obese in my films. Although Renee is extremely thin, you can tell she works out. It she just ate a bit more, she’d be alright. But with morbid obesity, it screams to me that there is a lack of control with food. Maybe there is a thyroid problem or health issue but it’s not hard to stuff your face with fatty foods. Also, I’ve never found her cute in any way. There isn’t a feature on her that really appeals to me.

    Gabby should be nice to those who support her because she’s in an industry where tons of people are criticized for their tiniest flaw – who have a lot more going for them than her. Her roles are already limited and with that kind of ingrate attitude, it’s only going to hurt her.

    While Mo’Nique won her Oscar, she’s not exactly a headliner in movies. Although she’s brutally honest, her attitude is quite off-putting. Hairy legs? If she doesn’t want to shave, there are laser treatments for that. And doing interviews is part of the nature of show business. She’s not special. There is nothing to emulate from Mo’Nique’s attitude.

  56. Bina says:

    I’m sensing a lot of “she should know her place” attitude with some of these comments. As in, come on, she’s fat and ugly, she should be grateful that she’s famous (because we’re being benevolent enough to overlook her non-Hollywoodesque physique). She was nominated for Best Actress, not Miss Congeniality. I think this is more a gender thing than a race or weight thing – women are supposed to always act nice whereas if a man gets testy, that’s excusable (or at least less of a shocker when it happens).

  57. Aussie Mama says:

    Well……at least she has her looks to fall back on!

  58. Cath says:

    I am not necessarily defending Gabby or calling Capehart a liar, but I want you all to try this exercise with me.

    Say “Shut up, bitch,” like you’re saying it to your worst enemy who just called you the worst name in the world.

    Now say “Shut up, bitch,” as though you are saying it to your best friend who just jokingly told you you were crazy.

    “I guess I should say thank you” with a smile is not as bad as with a frown and a snobby voice. Tone can’t be gotten from the written word, is what I’m saying. Maybe she was trying to be playful, and it came across flat.

    Just for the record I think it sounds like Capehart was already pissed after she told him to come back in 5 minutes, and was prepared to not like her. Anything she said would have been construed as bitchy after that. Just my $.02.

  59. Pop says:

    She sounds like she has a major attitude problem.

    Also, I really hate this message that she’s sending out to women.. that being obese is okay. I think there’s a huge different between just being a little overweight and being obese and risking major health problems like diabetes and heart disease, among others.

  60. dizzybenny says:

    I dont think she was rude.She’s having a good time at a diner and a reporter comes up to her?They say she’s mean to fans?NO she was mean to reporters that come up to say ooooh im such a big fan.not people of the streets.theres a huge difference here!!After the Oscars she got blasted for weeks by the media saying she was to fat,she was a one movie only ”star”,now they come to suck up to her?They can go to hell!!You go girl!!:)

  61. Kim says:

    Is the public just realizing this??? She has a TERRIBLE personality. I dont care what she looks like, she could be Angelina and i would still say she has a bad personality. It has nothing to do with her weight or looks – She had attitude from minute one. Every interview I have seen her on I have cringed at how rude she is. There is good attitude and bad attitude and hers is bad and ungrateful. This girl better live it up now because she peaked w/ precious and will never act in another decent movie again.

  62. EatMyTaco says:

    Look! Her outside matches her inside! Gross fat pig.

  63. JustBe says:

    I have always been impressed when I have seen Ms. Sidibe in interviews and on shows (on Leno for example). She has always shown a level of honesty that I found refreshing.
    I agree with the minority here in that I don’t see her comments (as relayed by the reporter) as being horrible.
    What I do find horrible is the general reaction that because she is a) obese, b) female, c) black, and d) noted as unattractive that she has no right to have a bad day (or days) for that matter.
    We are only seeing one side of these stories, that of the shunned reporters/paparazzi. Should she have responded differently, perhaps, but I’m like some of the other commenters wherein I can see her getting as many rude/insensitive comments in any one outing as she does good comments from reporters and/or fans and how that can where a person down.
    Some of the most talented people onscreen and on stage have reputations as being less than approachable.
    Who’s to say that just because entertainment is your art that you have to continue the act when the cameras stop, if you’re tired, are being hounded and/or comments/insults constantly thrown at you because everyone feels that because your looks fall outside the norm, they’re free to insult you.
    If she was honestly rude without cause, (and being interrupted is cause) I’m not condoning it, but I’m not willing to throw her under a bus for what I read from this reporter.
    Also, in this day and age, why is weight prejudice still so very acceptable? Just because you are able to maintain a healthy weight doesn’t mean that it is an easy feat for others. I was underweight for most of my life (until I had my sons, now I fluctuate between a standard weight and 15 pounds over) and at that time, I had my body. I hated that strangers felt free to comment on how skinny/lucky I was (women) and that men felt the need to comment on my bust-size (too much for a skinny frame), it caused me to be introverted for a long time and try to avoid interactions with strangers if possible. Now, Ms. Sidibe is getting the comments louder and with more force and she can’t avoid it. Perhaps that is putting her in a bad mood, and I won’t deny her that right because her weight and looks fall outside the standard of beauty.

  64. Aussie Mama says:

    Eat My Taco!
    Eat My Taco!
    That is just the best name!!!

  65. Ashley says:

    She wasn’t even “the” performance of Precious. All she did was mumble a lot and look like she was “slow”. She doesn’t deserve half the fanfare she gets and hopefully, with that attitude, she won’t be seeing much more of it.

    Know your place.

    Not everyone can get away with being a brat and a bad actress, how uberc-nts like Kristen Stewart get away with it is beyond me, but those are a dime a dozen. Most end up like Lohan (who wasn’t really ever that rude to fans), praying for just one part.

    I don’t think the future has much in store for her anway. Her weight, her lack of dramatic acting in Precious and her terrible comedic timing will make her roles very limited. FActor in the rudeness and the Hollywood that everyone complains about, the one that wants every female to be a perfect 10 and a size 0, they’ll be happy to show her the door.

  66. whocares says:

    Agree with Kim 100%

  67. whocares says:

    Agree with Cath 100%

  68. Correy Lennox says:

    The “rude things” she said are being taken COMPLETELY out of context. She’s very humble… hence explaining “I guess I should say thank you.” She may have been finishing a conversation, thus explaining “Come back in five minutes.” I find this criticism of her immature, ridiculous, and boring.

  69. Zvonk says:

    I’m sorry, but her “performance” was what spoiled the film for me. She has two facial expressions. It’s beyond me why she was nominated for an oscar. Seeing her in “The Big C” has only served to confirm my belief that she has no talent as an actress. The only reason she was cast in Precious is because of her astonishing obesity.