Gabourey Sidibe tells fans to stop fixating on her weight.
The actress, 34, recently lost weight. Fans sent well-wishes and congratulations on social media. However, the oscar-nominee wishes they would stop.
It makes her uncomfortable to have people focus her weight loss. The actor calls it “the weirdest thing in the world”.
Gabourey rejects all the attention weight loss brings.
“You don’t need to congratulate me on it,” she told Robin Roberts on the Everybody’s Got Something podcast. “You don’t congratulate me every time I blow my nose… It’s my body… Mind your own body.”
Why does she feel this way? Because she has ownership of her own body.
Fans don’t have the same right. However, Gabourey says some fans: “want to feel like they have some sort of ownership over your body, even though you’re a stranger… It’s even worse when you’re recognizable like me.”
Gabourey considers the fascination with her weight a feminist issue. She knows “that people are coming from a good place,” however, she considers the attention to be “so misogynistic”. Because strangers feel the need to police her body and behaviour.
“We tell women what they need to look like, and what they don’t need to look like,” she explained. “There are plenty of like fat guys or whatever, and no one has ever written think pieces about why they need to lose weight.”
Gabourey continues: “No one’s ever going to accuse them while they were, you know, on a show promoting their film, that they’re actually promoting an unhealthy diet.”