Gabourey Sidibe’s mom sort-of denies that Gaby was rude to reporters


A few weeks ago, several celebrities went to Washington, D.C. for the annual Correspondents’ Dinner. It’s one of the rare Washington events that attracts a big clusterf-ck of press, politicians and celebrities, all jostling for attention. One of the celebrities in Washington that weekend was Gabourey Sidibe. I saw photos of her at various events, and didn’t really think much of it… until several days later, when two different media sources described Sidibe’s attitude, actions and statements while in Washington. The picture of Sidibe was that of a very rude woman who had no idea how to treat her fans with respect, a woman who had no idea how to play the game like a professional, especially when she was at one of the biggest media events of the year. In summary, she sounded like an a–hole.

Anyway, just a few days ago, Sidibe’s mom Alice Tan Ridley gave an interview to Radar about the allegations that Sidibe is totally rude. Her denial is kind of half-assed, though, and it amounts to “That’s not the way I raised her.”

Alice Tan Ridley spoke to to defend her daughter Gabourey Sidibe regarding claims that Sidibe was rude to reporters and fans during and after The White House Correspondents Dinner.

Journalist Jonathan Capeheart from The Washington Post revealed that the Oscar-nominated Precious star had been mean to him while other reporters also complained about her attitude and the way she treated some fans. reported that at an MSNBC after party, the normally friendly actress snapped at one fan who asked for a photograph.

When the fan said jokingly, “That’s all you’re going to give me,” Sidibe responded, “You’ll get what I give you!”

But her mom – who is currently competing on America’s Got Talent– poured cold water on these reports of diva-like antics. The New York subway singer told “I just spoke with Gabby yesterday while she was filming in Arizona and she is fine.”

“Would you believe all of those comments? Gabby was not raised to be a rude person. It has been a big change having all that attention and I think she has done well- she is happy right now– those comments are just other people’s opinions.”

Ridley is also hoping to find fame and fortune as well by winning NBC’s popular talent show this summer. She performed before a packed house recently at The Hammerstein Ballroom in New York where she tried to impress judges Piers Morgan, Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne.

[From Radar]

Eh. Yeah, I don’t think her mom’s denial amounts to much. I said before that the Washington reporters and bloggers sounded honest, and their summary of Sidibe’s actions while in Washington seemed very likely. And the mom doesn’t really seem to deny it either – she’s just passing it off as “other people’s opinions”. Yes, in “other people’s opinions” Gaby needs to learn how to handle her fans and the media without coming across like an entitled, self-centered bitch. By the way, her mom sounds sort of like Dina Lohan, doesn’t she? Like she’s trying to get famous on the back of her daughter’s fame, the kind of celebrity-entourage enabling that can lead to some dangerous sh-t.

Here’s Alice:

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Header: Sidibe on April 26, 2010 in NYC. Credit: WENN.

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  1. 1 qt of 1 % says:

    I have seen her in interviews and thought she was a little conceited about her new found fame. I was hoping she would be appreciative because anyone who has an opportunity to have their first shot at acting end up in a movie such as this is extremely fortunate and with the right attitude could propel it into a wonderful career. Pissing off the press by acting the Diva is not the way to go. You want them on your side.
    I know being just a kid one day and a star the next has got to be difficult, however it isn’t a license to be rude. I hope she changes her attitude. She really is the Cinderella Story, a Rocky Victory and an Overnight Success Story rolled up into one and we need one of those.

  2. Jimmy Dean says:

    She’s 16 and has just been dropped into a level of fame that’s messed her up a bit.

    I think you can excuse her a few rude moments. Jeez they will let Lohan whip drinks around a bar, yet Gabby can’t be short with the press.

  3. Lindsay says:

    That is not an apology. Her mom wants her name out there for the talent show. Gabourey should give fans an apology. And the quote “she is happy right now– those comments are just other people’s opinions.” She did the snubbing not the other way around.

    I can write a relatively short post!

  4. bite me says:

    actually Gabby is a 26 year old woman

  5. Susan says:

    Gaby’s mom, Alice, has been making a VERY good living as a performer for years in NYC – long before her daughter was cast in Precious. Producers approached her to read for Monique’s part FIRST, before Gabourey. There is no corollation with Dina Lohan. Alice Ridley’s videos are on YouTube – her voice is amazing & she is a FIERCE performer.

  6. lucy2 says:

    I think there’s a LOOOOONG way to go before anyone comes even close to Dina Lohan levels of insanity.

    I’m giving Gabby a little benefit of the doubt here and hoping that was a one time incident or a misunderstanding. But there is no excuse to be rude, especially to fans (unless they’re being psychotic) and I’m going to hope we don’t hear stories like that about her again. Hopefully she learned the lesson that everything she says will be reported on.

  7. Raven says:

    Fans??? This was not a public event. It was the correspondent’s dinner. Apparently filled with a lot of self-entitled little bloggers. Some of those exchanges sounds like she was just playing with them. These guys need to grow up. I will have to see her behaving this way at a real public fan event before I will believe there’s a problem.

    That said, I would like her to think about Queen Latifah as a role model. Although QL started out as a singer/rapper, she was heavier and a bit coarse initially. She is now big but curvy and charming. She’s proven all the size queens wrong by doing it her way.

  8. original kate says:

    well, considering how many “journalists” and bloggers have made fun of this girl’s appearance no wonder she was not kissing their asses.

  9. voodoobetty says:

    My lord that bottom pic of her mom. Thats an ugly woman with a bad hairdo and even worse makeup. Yikes.

  10. Amy says:

    Imdb has her date of birth listed in 1983. This makes her 27 not 16. She should know how to act around the media and how to treat her fans.

  11. Entourage is the business!