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Gabourey Sidibe: Joan Cusack Told Me to Quit Showbusiness

Precious star discusses the disappointing encounter

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Gabourey Sidibe is an incredible actress. If you haven’t seen “Precious”, you might want to give that one a whirl sometime soon. I don’t recommend watching the flick when you’re in a great mood, as it’s only going to bring you down. It’s a tough movie to sit through, and this is coming from a guy who watches grisly horror movies on a fairly consistent basis.

Because the actress is, well, larger than your typical Hollywood starlet, she has received quite a bit of criticism from people who should probably just keep their traps shut. There’s no getting around the fact that Sidibe is a big girl, and she’s taken her fair share of flack from critics, bloggers, and radio personalities alike. Why her weight matters to anyone but her is anybody’s guess. Maybe they just need something talk/write about. Ahem.

During her appearance on Andy Cohen’s talk show “Watch What Happens Live”, Sidibe was asked what celebrity encounter disappointed her the most. Her response is rather shocking, especially since I happen to be a fan of the actress in question.

Here’s Sidibe’s response to the question:

What celebrity was I disappointed by? Oh, and it’s not in a mean way, because I know that she meant well. I met Joan Cusack, who is my favorite favorite- I love her- but, it was before I became [famous] or whatever.

I was at some industry party, and she says, ‘Are you an actress?’ And I said, ‘Yeah!’ And she says, ‘Oh honey, you should really quit the business, it’s so image-conscious.’

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Of course, Cusack does have a point. Hollywood is very image conscious, but is that any reason for her to tell Sidibe that she should quit the business altogether? Not quite. Unconventional actors defy the odds all the time. Considering Cusack isn’t exactly the most attractive individual on the planet, it’s kind of surprising that she would deliver this sort of advice to an actress who is obviously a fan. Of course, this could all be taken entire out of context.

Was Joan Cusack right to say such a thing to Sidibe, or is this just another case of the “Precious” actress being judged for her weight and not her abilities as a thespian? Leave your comments below. Twitter responses to the topic at-hand have been embedded for your convenience.

Gabourey Sidibe did such a great job in the movie “Precious”.. That girl can act not like Cusack, who is not even pretty. No more to talk(image) 12 minutes ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

She should RT @Eveduhhh: Shame on Joan Cusack 4 telling “Precious” Gabourey Sidibe she should quit show biz bcuz “it’s so image-conscious.”(image) 34 minutes ago via Tweetbot for iOS ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

http://t.co/z5uedgrz uuuhhh, Joan Cusack shouldn’t be talking to anyone about looks(image) 26 minutes ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

I seriously don’t believe this.I think the comment was taken the wrong way! I doubt @realjoancusack meant it, that way! http://t.co/IPEF3t8a(image) 3 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Gabourey Sidibe: Joan Cusack Told Me to Quit Showbusiness
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  • Linda

    Gibourey is a young lady with dreams just like all of us have dreams.She needs support and encouragement.Who is Joan Cusack to talk about anyone,she’s ugly as hell.I never could stand her.

  • http://Yahoo Linda

    Linda
    April 27, 2012 at 4:22 pm Reply
    Gibourey is a young lady with dreams just like all of us have dreams.She needs support and encouragement.Who is Joan Cusack to talk about anyone,she’s ugly as hell.I never could stand her.

  • stephanie

    & we wonder why are kids are so messed up, I guess image isnt all this joan say it is, because I dont remeber her, but I do remember gabourey, imagine that.

  • joe bob

    Tubby better lose the weight, or she will have many health problems. The human heart does not like being inside a big fatso.

  • Sam

    I think this woman is overrated as an actress. She was good in “Precious” because she was typecast. In the other very few role’s she’s played she has been underwhelming. If she were just chubby, I might feel sorry for her because of the Cusack comment. However she’s the size of two cows and not very attractive. She’ll never be cast in any roles except for housekeepers and welfare queens. I know in our politically correct society, we want to believe that fat, unattractive people can be the Cinderella who can make it big, but it ain’t so. Joan Cusak was just being honest, which is more than I can say for Oprah and others who have blown smoke at her by telling her she’s a great actress with a great future. If she makes it to 30 in the shape she’s in, I’ll be shocked. If she has any significant role’s after the next year or two, it ‘ll be nothing short of a miracle.

    • patty

      well put sam..she may have talent enough to keep her in show biz, but her weight won’t support her..not sure what she’s waiting for..gabourey needs jenny craig NOW!

  • Chuck

    Sam I think your a waste of air. Doesn’t mean you should die. And I’m being honest. You are a waste of air. You can be whatever the hell you want there will always be someone who doesn’t like you.

  • http://WebPro Lia

    Oh Yes, she is beautiful. Look at Jack Black, He’s no Brad Pitt, But Jack is Talented. He made his Million on Talent alone. She (Gabourey) is well on her way to reaching the same status as Jack, Skill and talent based. You go Girl.

  • Kathleen Cole

    Sidibe is not a “big girl;” she is morbidly obese. Cusak is right in, at least, one respect. Hollywood is a singularly unhealthy environment for anyone; it is image-obsessed and rejections are scathing. Frankly Gabourney Sidibe will not live to see her career unfold, unless she gets help. This is urgent. This is not supposition. Gabourney Sibide will die, sooner, rather than later. She needs help now.

  • gracie

    Joan is right. Gabby is totally humongous and does not fit the mold of an actress. Actresses are supposed to be beautiful and glamorous and Gabby clearly does not fit that mode. She should quit the business because her looks are a total disgrace to Hollywood!

  • Youguysarefunny

    First of all, Hollywood is ratchet as hell. Hollywood glam died like 20 years ago. I mean… some people say Kim K should get a star on the walk. Marilyn Monroe must be turning in her grave. It’s true, the show biz IS super image conscious, but that doesn’t mean that she can’t make it. And who knows, her image could change. Kelly Osbourne lost weight, so did Jennifer Hudson and Tyra Banks. Everyone could say, “she’s so fat, she’s nothing”…the truth is that an image can change but the talent one holds cant. That girl was born with a talent so incredible, that she won academy awards and unlike Joan Cusack, she had came from nothing. Joan had strings and connections because of her whole family. People really need to reevaluate what they say. I’d rather be fat and talented than skinny an fucking bitchy. Your welcome.

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