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Hollywood’s Perception: Conform or Not to Conform

March 16, 2010

Gabourey ‘Gabby’ Sidibe should have won an oscar for her betrayal of “Precious” in the hit movie that landed Mo’Nique the winning title as “Supporting Actress” in the movie.  Gabby should have been “Best Actress” or “Leading Actress” (whatever the title is) because she poured her heart into the character she played.

Let’s think about it for a moment, though.  The question we need to be asking is why did Mo’Nique win for Supporting Actress and Gabby be completely passed over for her part in the movie?  Regardless of weight, she’s a beautiful person inside and out and does not seem to be swayed by “Hollywood’s perception” of her.  Wasn’t it Mo’Nique who said, “we have to love the skin we’re in?”  Then again, wasn’t her who kicked off a series of weight loss programs for women who were over weight and wanted to change their life by taking back of control of their life?

This is where the catch 22 comes in.  You star in what was considered one of the best movies of the year, and yet you don’t get the accolades you deserve, then again on one hand you do from another point of view and from a completely different arena.

I seriously have no doubt that she is enjoying her fame which I am certain we will not be hearing the last of her, but let’s stop for a moment to understand why her weight has been in the news in the past week or two.  It’s all about conforming to Hollywood’s demands of “looking the part.”  Weight loss programs want her to endorse their product all for the efforts of dropping some weight, but in all truth and fairness, it should be done on her time, and it should ultimately be her decision. 

Why look like all the other actresses we see who are super thin, and the ones who do have a little weight on them, we don’t hear much about them and if they’re in the news, it’s for something that’s not all that important.

Bottom line is Hollywood has this standard norm of how actors and actresses should look on and off the screen, on and off the red carpet.  Once their fame sky rockets, it’s all about appearance and representing.  And they want Gabby to represent something that’s really stereotyped.

In my opinion, Gabby is beautiful inside and out.  Let her enjoy her fame while she can.  Hollywood will be what it is.  If she chooses to conform to meet their standardized wishes, then so be it.

Updated March 23, 2010

2 Comments leave one →
  1. kaitlyn antonis permalink
    March 22, 2012 7:18 am

    Omg i fricking love precious i know that ovie frontwards and backwards i know all the words to it how they say it and when they say it!! is that creepy?? but anyways i love precious!!!!


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