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Chris Rock Grabs Gabourey Sidibe's Butt

No Middle Ground

While accepting her best actress award for her breakout role in Precious at the NAACP Awards, Gabourey Sidibe was hit with some weighty remarks from her director and, later, some unsolicited attention from Chris Rock. Precious director Lee Daniels took the podium to speak about his film, saying, "No one in Hollywood told me they wanted to see a movie about a 350 pound black girl who had HIV." Immediately realizing his offense, he back-peddled, "She's not 350 pounds, Gabby . . . but the book says . . . before you were hired." Gabourey looked on mortified, while Daniels struggled to dig himself out of a sinking hole. The remark puts Gabby's weight in the spotlight, when it's obviously her performance that deserves attention.

Still, what's equally disturbing is US Weekly's account of Chris Rock's on-stage butt grab: "[When] Sidibe won the night's best actress award . . . she laughed as presenter Chris Rock squeezed her bottom." OK? Now I'm confused. To see why,


While Lee's commentary puts Gabby's weight at the forefront, making it an object of scrutiny and criticism, Rock's move seems to try to make it alright. But the bottom grab is a cheap shot in my book. Maybe playful, but still uncouth. The grab signals some kind of lowbrow attempt to ease over Daniels's misstep. If Chris Rock grabs your booty, are you attractive? Normal? Pretty? Funny? I don't think I'm overly sensitive, but this rubbed me the wrong way. There's something demeaning in the butt grab that seems to go hand in hand with male approval. At the end of the day, I'm going to have to chalk it up to some insecurity on both Daniels's and Rock's part — and thankfully, Sidibe has confidence and a sense of humor even if these men lack good sense.

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eastcoastgirl eastcoastgirl 7 years
She carries herself well and acts like a lady. For health purposes maybe she will lose some weight but it shouldn't be an issue to anyone but her.
petitbijoux petitbijoux 7 years
LOL Anonymous!
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
Haha anonymous you're so funny.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
Not to nitpick, but... the article says "NCAAP." Shouldn't that be "NAACP?" I goggled it and NCAAP is "North Carolina Alternate Assessment Portfolio."
imLissy imLissy 7 years
his mistake was the back peddling, not the first statement. That was just fact, but by trying to make it better, he embarrassed himself and the actress.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
it would have been a lot less awkward had he not mentioned "She's not 350 pounds, Gabby . . . but the book says . . . before you were hired." his comment was fine, given the book and the context...he just tried to backpedal and made it terribly awkward
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
what chloe said!
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
How can you consider the director's comment to be "out of line"? The character in the book is 350 lbs, and his point was that when he decided to make a movie about a 350 lb African American girl with HIV, he was taking a huge risk, in that there is literally no other movie out there with a heroine who fits that description. Do you think that the director who made "Valentine's Day" ever had to take a step back and think, "gee, I'm glad I cast Kathy Bates in this movie, because otherwise, no one would show up for a movie starring Jessica Biel, Jessica Alba and Ann Hatheway." Whether it's PC to admit or not, the fact is that he did take a risk by turning the novel into a movie, and there's nothing wrong with acknowledging that.
lilegwene lilegwene 7 years
Why is it taboo to say her weight, or her character's weight? Why are we not supposed to talk about her weight, when she is obviously very big (not just slightly overweight) and it was an issue in the movie that made her famous? 350 lbs? I would not be surprised if she weighs that much. That being said, I really did not like the butt squeeze either! It puts the poor person on the receiving end (Gabourey in this instance, Halle when Adrien Brody decided to kiss her) in a really awkward position. You MUST laugh it off and seem like a good sport, what else are you going to do? Slap him? (Though I wish she would've!)
TammyO TammyO 7 years
Oh man just reading this story made me squirm with embarassment for her.
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