Actress Gabourey Sidibe is so over fat-shamers and didn't hold back addressing the latest crop of them after her love scene aired on Empire.
She and her co-star had an intimate moment on the show together, and the haters were quick to jump at the opportunity to fat-shame. A meme had circulated, which says "Damn some of you people can't even get a text back," along with a photo from the scene.
In an Entertainment Weekly blog, Sibide addresses these people in the best way:
On that love scene …
Also, yes. I, a plus sized, dark-skinned woman, had a love scene on primetime television. I had the most fun ever filming that scene even though I was nervous. But I felt sexy and beautiful and I felt like I was doing a good job. I'm very proud of the work we all did to make that scene a great opening for the episode. I keep hearing that people are "hating" on it. I'm not sure how anyone could hate on love but that's okay. You may have your memes. Honestly, I'm at work too busy to check Twitter anyway. #Booked. Hope you enjoy next week's show!
Yes, haters, fat women make love, too.
Writer and activist Jes M. Baker addresses this exact judgment in a trailer for her book Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls. Among those things is that it's OK to express sexuality on TV, fat people included.
As Baker told A Plus: "The biggest realization for me was that I could find uncompromising love in a partner," she said. "For some this may seem silly or irrelevant (because self-love is the ultimate), but when you're raised with the idea that if you're 'lucky enough' you'll find someone who will tolerate your body? Well, finding someone who loves it and you is life-changing. And I see it happen everywhere."
Even on their TV screens.
Sibide is clearly not sorry about it either — and shouldn't be.
(H/T: Huffington Post)