April 30, 2010, - 11:37 am

Big Fat Liars: People Mag Picks Morbidly Obese Actress as “World’s Most Beautiful”

By Debbie Schlussel

It’s one thing to be against the government getting involved in what you eat or how much you weigh.  Big Brother shouldn’t be in our kitchens or on our dinner tables.  But it’s entirely another thing to be subject to the constant, intellectually dishonest promotion of fat people as “beautiful” and “sexy.”  They aren’t . . . unless you’re a chubby chaser.

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And so goes the lying, latest issue of People Magazine, its “World’s Most Beautiful People” issue, which is on the stands today.  The magazine’s completely dishonest editors chose disgusting-looking, morbidly obese actress Gabourey Sidibe as one of the “World’s Most Beautiful People.”  Come on.  You know they don’t believe that.  And we don’t believe she’s among the “World’s Most Beautiful People,” either.  (In an appropriately-designated “Special Double Issue,” no less.)

This girl’s weight is sickening.  She’s gross to look at.  And it’s unhealthy.  But People is engaging in the usual affirmative action for fat people because the editors clearly feel bad for Sidibe.  She was correctly dissed by Howard Stern, who said on his satellite radio show that she would not find more acting work.  This choice by People is in response to his and others’ on-target comments. It’s the whole reason this mediocre actress was nominated for an Academy Award this year.  But Stern was incorrect, only because the hypocritical, usual Hollywood types felt bad for this fat chick the way they’d never feel bad for a wounded American soldier in Iraq or a victim of Islamic terrorism.

And part of it is because she’s not just any fat actress, she’s a Black fat actress in a ghetto movie  promoted by Oprah and based on a “gangsta lit” book.  Let’s face it:  there have been plenty of equally ugly White fat actresses, like Camryn Manheim.  And People didn’t lie to us and tell us they were the “World’s Most Beautiful People.”

Regardless of race, I’m beyond tired of the conventional Hollywood types telling us that being this fat–the girl is morbidly obese–is “beautiful.”  If they really believed this, they’d cast Sidibe as a romantic lead in movies like “Somewhere in Time,” as superheroes’ girlfriends in movies like “Iron Man” and “Superman.”  But that never happens.  Because we’d never stop laughing.  No-one would buy it.

It’s also beyond tiresome to tell people–particularly girls and women–that weighing over 300 pounds, as Sidibe does, is okay.  Stores like Torrid discourage weight loss and healthy lifestyles by selling cross-your-heart hammocks (in place of bras) and thongs that look like true-to-size Golden Gate Bridges to these humongazoids.  They fool girls into thinking anyone wants to see the world’s largest hamburger buns in this stuff and will think it’s “beautiful.” And now this People Mag stunt.

Enough already.  It’s not hot.  It’s not the “World’s Most Beautiful,” or even beautiful at all.  It’s not even cute.  Building morbidly obese fat people up to think so, only sets them up for health problems, and–more severe–extreme romantic and social disappointments.

Sorry, Gabby Sidibe.  You’re not the “World’s Most Beautiful.”  Just the world’s most artificially and unduly hyped fat chick.  The hype and the lies are the only things bigger than you.

I’ve never seen a larger Empress with no clothing.  Or rather, with no tent.  It isn’t a pretty sight.  And definitely not the “World’s Most Beautiful.”

If you wanna gorge yourself into oblivion or beyond that into a size 524, that’s your business. If you wanna tell me that’s the “World’s Most Beautiful” . . . excuse me while I have a good laugh.

For those who say I’m shallow because I’m attacking her for her looks, that’s not the case here. On the contrary, I’m faulting People for doing the exact opposite: lying about her looks and promoting them as “World’s Most Beautiful.” It’s dishonest.

Next, they’ll be telling us Barack Obama deserves the Nobel Prize. Oh, wait . . . .

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I really don’t think anyone’s looking at Gabby Sidibe and thinking, man, I’d really like to weigh 300 lbs. Fat acceptance has really not come that far – thin is still idealized in nearly every facet of the media ever. Even the larger women who say they are ok with themselves still wish they had flat abs, for the most part. One overweight actress on the beautiful people list isn’t going to change the avalanche of images that women get telling them otherwise.

The only thing that this – and stores like Torrid – do is stress to women that they’re not totally worthless if they’re overweight. It IS possible to want to lose weight and get healthy, but still want to feel like a worthwhile human being while you’re doing it. And that should include feeling like you can have a successful career and nice clothes, even if you’re fat, because you can. Torrid doesn’t ONLY sell thongs, for Christ’s sake, and I know at least one slim-but-well-endowed girl who buys her bras there.

hellcat on April 30, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    @hellcat,
    Got to disagree with you on the fact that slobs aren’t a more accepted body style now. Every time I go to a store or function I’m visually assaulted by hogs in half shirts, skin tight sausage shirts, and pants, etc. Absolutely no shame in their game. Dudes morbidly obese mowing their lawns shirtless piss me off too. These liberals should think about the affects on the CHILDREN.LOL

    There is porn for the sick called bbw. (big beautiful women) Sorry but volumptuous is not bbw.

    samurai on April 30, 2010 at 5:43 pm

      At least she’ll have something to fall back on when her short-lived “Holly-goon” career goes in the tank…

      IceNoMore on May 1, 2010 at 1:24 am

“I had to learn to like myself and take how I look out of the equation.” (on the page with her in the dress )

Lots of overweight people take their looks out of the equation as well. It`s called denial. I`m no feather weight, but how can you like yourself while at the same time being grossly undisciplined? And no, being a glutton is not a disease it`s a choice the same as alcohol abuse.

Wonder how many chubby/fat young girls are looking up to this bad example as an idol?

Hermster on April 30, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    So…even if I agree that all obese people are “grossly undisciplined,” and I’ll grant you that many are at least lacking some restraint – you can’t like yourself because you have one flaw? What if you work with charity, are amazing at math, won a Nobel Peace Prize, are a terrific stay-at-home mom, or found the cure for cancer – all of these things are undone by being overweight/undisciplined?

    hellcat on April 30, 2010 at 12:37 pm

      hellcat, very good and very thoughtful. Every person has a flaw, though I do not necc think being overweight is a flaw.

      buckjohnson on April 30, 2010 at 7:34 pm

I am not going to get into fat versus thin in Hollywood…well maybe a little. Isn’t funny how this same magazine promotes Jennifer A, JLo, etc. when they drop a few pounds and get back to their “star bodies.”

Ok, for what I really wanted to comment on—is it coincidence that this PLUS sized woman is named a “Beautiful” person and they had to put it in a “Special Double Issue?”

Sean J on April 30, 2010 at 12:24 pm

To read this Magazine you need to stash your intelligence at the door. I wonder if they told their readers feces were good tasting whether they would order up a dozen.

Tim on April 30, 2010 at 12:30 pm

I’m sure Debbie is not taking about people who are big boned to begin with. There are big people who just fit in their clothes and carry it well. And then there the obese – just completely gross!

I’m thin by nature but at my age I have to exercise and workout to keep a trim waistline. The reality is that once one starts a getting older, a lot of youth gets lost for good and we never look as good at 40 as we did when we were 20. Its just the reality of time and age.

NormanF on April 30, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Good lord. If there was an empty seat next to you on the plane and she was walking the aisle you would start praying.

pat on April 30, 2010 at 12:56 pm

This really comes down to a health issue. Image should be secondary. I read where this girls mother said she was 100% healthy. How can you honestly say that? My husband and I are up many mornings at 4:45am to go to the gym because of our undisciplined behavior over the last couple years. Neither of us are morbidly obese. Not even obese. Just need to get fit. My motivation is I want to see grand kids and grow old with my husband. Not drop dead at 50 from a preventable heart attack. I can make a difference. She can too. It is a lazy approach to life to say she accepts the way she is without saying she is going to make corrections in behavior so she can live a more healthy life.

Musiccgirl on April 30, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    But does she have to apologize for herself at every opportunity? I mean, she may very well think she needs to lose weight, but should she have to add an addendum EVERY time she says anything good about herself? I feel like it would be really tiresome if, every time someone interviewed her, she prefaced everything with “Thank you, but I really need to lose weight.”

    I just think that, when we compliment people like Keira Knightley, we don’t expect them to say, “Yes, I’ve learned to love myself, but I really should eat a sandwich now and then.”

    hellcat on April 30, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Deb, I have nothing to add.

(What does her diet consist of? Chocolate-covered pizza?)

guitarguy on April 30, 2010 at 1:01 pm

“Chubby Chaser”…LMAO. More political correctness. This is in response of the Vogue magazine who was criticized for not having this slob on their hot young actress list. Well she isn’t beautiful and she has diabetes because of the ‘dirty neck’ she is sporting. She should be ashamed of herself because of her appearance and she seek a physician’s help to correct her eating habits because it may cause her an early death. However she does seem like a nice person in interviews.

CaliforniaScreaming on April 30, 2010 at 1:03 pm

For a fat girl Gabourey doesn’t sweat much. Give her that.

Jason on April 30, 2010 at 1:38 pm

This woman is being exploited by the left, including Oprah when she told her to make a statement by not losing weight. And … that’s all that I have to say about that.

People Magazine and the other outlets are promoting her in an attempt to get more people to see the movie, which liberals truly, honestly believe is one of the most important movies to come out in years, one that can change society. Or something. I am not making this up!

Also, People Magazine did list an overweight white actress in its “Most Beautiful People” issue a few years ago. She was a blonde actress from a TV show, forget her name.

Gerald on April 30, 2010 at 2:00 pm

California Screaming:

This wasn’t in response to Vogue’s not having her on their hot young actress list. That controversy wasn’t about Sidibe or any other actress specifically, but no black, Hispanic or Asian actresses on it period. And incidentally, Vogue has a history … for years they refused to show black models, and didn’t have a black woman on the cover until Beverly Johnson in the 1980s.

Like my comment above states, this isn’t about “fat acceptance” (because there are many far better looking obese actresses) or race (because there are many far better looking black actresses). It really, truly honestly is about trying to get more people to watch “Precious”, which Hollywood has convinced itself is an important, culture-transforming movie. Sidibe is being used as a vehicle to get people to watch the movie so that they will confront the poverty issue. Period.

Of course, the movie is ghastly, the book on which it is based is even worse, and I am also not a fan of Sidibe, who is a willing participant in her own exploitation and the continuing degeneration of a popular culture that surpassed “coarse” a long time ago. But facts are facts: they are pulling out all the stops to get as many people to watch this movie as they can.

By the way … despite what the left would have you believe, “Precious” was not embraced by the black community. Most blacks refused to see it. Most blacks who did see it reported being deceived and misled by the marketing campaign and were furious at Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry. The ABC News website even had a story on the fact that more blacks saw – and actually liked – “The Blind Side” than Precious.

“Precious” is a movie that directly caters to the mindset of white liberals, and also of a black leadership caste that has chosen allegiance to liberalism over allegiance to their race (which also explains why leading black magazines like “Essence” and “Ebony” have been determined to feature as many stories as they can about a movie that black audiences hated and rejected). THAT is why Sidibe is getting so much publicity, a lot more than did, say, Jennifer Hudson, the SLIGHTLY overweight black actress who unlike Sidibe actually did win an Oscar (and is now doing Weight Watchers’ commercials).

Now as to why white liberals love movies like “The Color Purple” (which gave us Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg), “Monster’s Ball” (resulting in an Oscar for the loathsome Halle Berry) and “Precious” … well there is a story in and of itself. It is because such movies depict racism as being institutional and structural as opposed to being personal. Realize that “The Color Purple”, “Precious” and “Monster’s Ball” rarely actually depict overt white racism. Instead, they only depict poverty (in addition to doing hatchet jobs on black males). What is going on is that instead of the idea that racism is a personal individual issue, where one individual personally dislikes another race or races, such movies instead absolve individuals of their moral choices and behavior, and depict racism as being “societal” or “institutional.” So, you are not a racist because of how you personally feel and behave (according to this mindset) but because America is institutionally racist, and America is institutionally racist because it is a traditional, religious and capitalist country. So, the way to not be racist isn’t to treat everyone fairly, but instead to be a liberal. Defeating racism isn’t changing the way people think and behave, but instead becoming less religious (unless that religion is Islam or some other religion not associated with whites or the west), subverting tradition (i.e. pro-abortion, pro-illegal immigration and supporting gay marriage) and of course overthrowing capitalism. This is an oversimplication, but according to these people, you become non-racist not by treating people fairly, but by becoming a liberal. And if you’re a liberal, you can say whatever you want and treat people however you want without being considered a racist (for example see Robert Byrd). By contrast, if you are conservative, then even if you marry outside your race like Sarah Palin (Eskimo husband), Jeb Bush (Mexican wife) and Virginia Thomas (black husband), you’re still a racist.

It is very convenient for liberals, because it allows them to judge people by groups according to their political beliefs, and not have to bother worrying with personal behavior. So, that’s what this “Precious” and Sidibe nonsense is about … finding vehicles that they can use to push the idea that racism is a part or product of conservative political ideology, and not the result of how people of all races and political stripes think and behave. (Yes, these are the “black people can’t be racist because they lack the power to discriminate against white people” folks.)

Really, that’s all that is going on, and it has been since blaxploitation movies (“Shaft” et. al.) first began promoting this idea in the 1960s, and it is also the basic theme of the “Harlem Renaissance” propaganda (and it was literally Marxist propaganda largely overseen by W.E.B. Du Bois, who allowing with his Jewish friends that bankrolled his N.A.A.C.P. was a member of the American Communist Party), which is that racism is caused by capitalism (or that capitalism is a tool of racism) so the only way to remove racism from a society was for that society to become Marxist. “Precious” and the book on which it was based is just an inferior update of the “Harlem Renaissance” Marxist propaganda.

But that really is all that is going on. Sorry to disappoint you.

G: Your comments are usually good, even when I disagree. You add to the discussion for certain. But, while Jews were the reason the NAACP and NAACP Legal Defense Fund exist (and we see how they were repaid with Black anti-Semitism), most Jews were never Communists. That was a fringe segment. Jews have been oppressed and victimized by Communism throughout the existence of Communism. Nice try slipping that in. Most Jews believe in capitalism and are against Marxism. DS

Gerald on April 30, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Brevity’s the soul of whit and folks should avoid going on and on ’cause it shows their lack of a personality and it only makes them sound like what they have: the jawbone of an ass.

    Some of what you have to say sounds good starting off, SUCH AS:

    “Precious” is a movie that directly caters to the mindset of white liberals”

    NO DUH.

    “That is why Sidibe is getting so much publicity, a lot more than did, say, Jennifer Hudson, the SLIGHTLY overweight black actress who unlike Sidibe actually did win an Oscar (and is now doing Weight Watchers’ commercials)”.

    NO, uh ACTUALLY ITS ALSO CUZ SHES QUITE OVERWEIGHT. IF YOU CANT TELL SHES OBESE THEN THE WEIGHT THING MUST BE WORSE TODAY IN US THEN FIRST THOUGHT.
    NO, JHUDSON CANT ACT VERY WELL EITHER. IF we take your premise, cause Halle Berry also won an Oscar. You know too well that oscar winning alone’s not the automatic critera that an actor can act well. Too much politics goin’ on there during voting time. It’s purely subjective.

    “Now as to why white liberals love movies
    like “The Color Purple” (which gave us Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg), “Monster’s Ball” (resulting in an Oscar for the loathsome Halle Berry) and “Precious” … well there is a story in and of itself.”

    Yep, its allll the white liberals fault. Is it also Bill Clinton’s fault too?

    ANd why should we really care anyway? ALL 3 FILMS FLOPPED AT THE BOX OFFICE AND DIDNT PLACE IN TOP 10 B.O. HITS FOR THEIR GIVEN YR.

    “It is because such movies depict racism as being institutional and structural as opposed to being personal.”

    ONCE AGAIN, NO DUH.

    “Realize that “The Color Purple”, “Precious” and “Monster’s Ball” rarely actually depict overt white racism. Instead, they only depict poverty (in addition to doing hatchet jobs on black males). What is going on is that instead of the idea that racism is a personal individual issue, where one individual personally dislikes another race or races, such movies instead absolve individuals of their moral choices and behavior, and depict racism as being “societal” or “institutional.” So, you are not a racist because of how you personally feel and behave (according to this mindset) but because America is institutionally racist, and America is institutionally racist because it is a traditional, religious and capitalist country. So, the way to not be racist isn’t to treat everyone fairly, but instead to be a liberal. Defeating racism isn’t changing the way people think and behave, but instead becoming less religious (unless that religion is Islam or some other religion not associated with whites or the west), subverting tradition (i.e. pro-abortion, pro-illegal immigration and supporting gay marriage) and of course overthrowing capitalism. This is an oversimplication, but according to these people, you become non-racist not by treating people fairly, but by becoming a liberal. And if you’re a liberal, you can say whatever you want and treat people however you want without being considered a racist (for example see Robert Byrd).”

    Blah blah blah blah blah. Get a life, dude. Jawbone of ass going on here.
    Now who’s seeing things purely and simply thru the eyes of race? For balance and fair’s sake, suppose we also include late Strom Thurmond and former ex GOP Sen Trent Lott. Forgot those ones, huh?

    “By contrast, if you are conservative, then even if you marry outside your race like Sarah Palin (Eskimo husband), Jeb Bush (Mexican wife) and Virginia Thomas (black husband), you’re still a racist.”

    ESKIMO? Stop it. We get that you think Sarah Palin’s a great politican. Her husband’s around 80% caucasian, by the way. Eskimo. That’s akin to saying that just cause someone’s one fourth cherokee tribe that automatically means they’ve married someone else. Come on.
    Funny that Palin’s OWN FATHER stated why she left college in Hawaii. “There were too many Asians there and she felt alienated as one of the few white folks and so she left.”

    No, Sarah’s not bigoted. How many urban areas did she go on her book tour? Answer: NONE. Wonder why?

    But she can do no wrong, so long as the Freepers eat up every word and sentence her ghost writers give out. And uh….since when has Virgina Thomas ever ran for public/US office? Name the house seat, senate seat she holds? Governor of what state? Or simple housewife debutante,…a la Rich man’s wife like say,….oh….Theresa Heinz Kerry.

    Notice, that’s the best you could come up with. A relatively obscure housewife socialite whose husband was confirmed nearly 20 yrs ago. Yup, still stuck in the past.

    “It is very convenient for liberals, because it allows them to judge people by groups according to their political beliefs, and not have to bother worrying with personal behavior.”

    OK, we get that you’re white and dont actually personally know that many African Americans. Probably watch Sean Hannity too and think he’s a “great american”.

    ANSWER IF YOU CAN: How come GOP has very few votes coming from African American community? Ever wonder why? Hmmm? After alllll those yrs of Reagan, Bush I, Bush W, etc. Allll those years and still the total votes not about 10%, wonder why that is?

    It allllll those wrasskally wibwuls fault! Of course. Of course. Cause “those people” cant think for themselves for a second. of course.

    Look in the mirror dude, and see who’s the real sounding bigot.

    “So, that’s what this “Precious” and Sidibe nonsense is about … finding vehicles that they can use to push the idea that racism is a part or product of conservative political ideology, and not the result of how people of all races and political stripes think and behave.”

    Ok, we get it. You think ideology determines every single business decision in hollywood, cause you’ve worked in the industry for decades and know from where you speak.

    You don’t really know a lot of black folks and are so obsessed with liberals causing all the probs in US. Like the psycho in Dr Stangelove “Precious Bodily Fluids” and “we have to watch out for the commies tryin’ to poison our water.”

    Sheesh.

    charles on April 30, 2010 at 3:55 pm

      Did you actually have a coherent point to make in that rambling mess, or does meth not allow you to structure your thoughts in a meaningful way? Meaningless verbosity does not really impress people.

      Worry01 on May 2, 2010 at 8:39 am

    My God man THANK YOU!!!I thought I was the only one. Dude ignor Charles, he is a F-cking clown.Cinema is fundamental to culture,and the values promoted by hollywood are optimal for his psychic security.Black people need to be dehumanized for people like him to feel safe

    steve on April 30, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Gerald you are right!The Hollywood crowd demoralizing and using black people as social cannonfodder is frustrating and old.The “dehumanized other” is an essential prop for certain liberals.No matter how destuctive their mass entertainment is to black people there will always be the Oprahs,Whoopies and Tyler Perrys to give them cover.You are spot on about the Harlem Renaissance” propaganda and that punk W.E.B. Du Bois.I went to an all black male highschool ostensibly dedicated to building strong black males.I was forced to read the victim lit by such pargons of black manhood as that sissy James Baldwin.I also had to read Maya Angelo to get a “womans” perspective on victimhood.It was a joke. I think only calculating white/jewish liberals and stupid demoralized black people benifited from the Precious phenomena.Most of the black people I know hated that garbage.

    steve on April 30, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Gerald, you had me until your last paragraph. But you were accurate in your review of why whites and some blacks, mainly female, liked the Color Purple and the Ike and Tina Turner movie What’s Love Got…Very accurate and on point. But the last paragraph, c’mon man, that was just plain nonsense, almost like someone secretly, w/o your knowledge, added that to your posting, like Mark from the Bible.

    buckjohnson on April 30, 2010 at 7:43 pm

People Magazines affirmative action edition.
She can’t act, can’t speak (mumbler) and has the flattest chest I have ever seen on a fat chick. Her whole schtick is making fun of herself. Let her get her 15 minutes, make a little cash (as long as it stays below obama’s limit on what you can earn) and let her fade away.

ender on April 30, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    ender – I think she is way too big to ever fade away.

    And what the f#ck is up with some people writing novels on this site?

    Jarhead on April 30, 2010 at 4:41 pm

      @jarhead
      Have to agree. Seems like when there’s a black “issue” the perfeser wannabes come out to type about their inner feelings. Just lay down on Debbie’s couch and tell us how you feel.lol

      samurai on May 1, 2010 at 11:24 am

        I couldn’t disagree more with samurai and Jarhead. I’m happy to read a serious essay by a participant here. I am not happy to read one-liner responses, unless they are witty, which is rare.

        skzion on May 2, 2010 at 12:06 pm

          In fairness, though, Jarhead’s comment about “fading away” was pretty good. Noah David Simon, by contrast, is always skippable.

          skzion on May 2, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Bah wah ha ha ha ha!

Noah David Simon on April 30, 2010 at 3:18 pm

The government needs to regulate sales of Argo starch in the convenient 8 oz box size. It’s long been known that these people relish it whilst rocking on their rickety porches.

Graty Slapchop on April 30, 2010 at 3:24 pm

her parents or whoever raised her should face charges…im no lawyer but surely this has to constitute some sort of wreckless negligence, endangerment, abuse…something of this nature…having said that, I pray that now that she has “made it” that she has enough IQ to choose differently and get some of this adapose off her aortic arch and liver…even the simplest things in life like getting up and down, in and out of a lawn chair are impossible in this condition…even just walking, can you say chaffe?

hill billy on April 30, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Once again, Debbie nails it.

DS_ROCKS! on April 30, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Nailed what, exactally, bieng an ATTENTION WHORE, CUNT FACE?yeah…pretty much.

    soooooooo on May 2, 2010 at 4:37 am

You cannot underestimate the “Oprah-ization” of America and its influence our culture(mostly broads). On her show over the years, how many fat chicks were encouraged by Oprah’s “self-esteem” guru’s, into believing that if they “felt good,” they were “beautiful?” Yeah, right!

Patrick on April 30, 2010 at 5:30 pm

I think People Magazine was pretty smart, if, at the same time a little dishonest. Let’s face it. 2/3 of the population is overweight or obese and the percentage is higher among potential People readers. Glorifying a fat woman will help them reach into that market to a larger extent. Not ethical, but I’m sure their marketing effort will be successful.

Little Al on April 30, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Double Issue? You are hilarious!

Of course, the whole thing is ridiculous.

And what’s up with folks writing novels? We get it. People here get it.

goldenmike4393 on April 30, 2010 at 6:31 pm

We have to be a little careful of Gerald’s conflation, which again, unfortunately, borders on anti-semitism. Gerald’s bad grammar in this paragraph is likely intentional, and serves to obfuscate his meaning, and allow conspiratorial interpretations to triumph due to confusing wording which allows innuendo to flourish at the expense of clarity.

DuBois left the NAACP in the mid 30s, and by the early 40s was in the Communist Party’s orbit. His membership in the NAACP and the CP was not concurrent.

Yes Jewish people provided support to the NAACP (supported, not the loaded anti-semitic term ‘bankrolled’. Jim Crow prevailed in the country at that time, and there was nothing wrong with helping to support an organization that fought against lynchings, and in favor of integration. Communist Party influence in the NAACP during the 20s and 30s was minimal; certainly during the CP’s Third Period 1929-1934 they shunned the NAACP (during the important Scottsboro period), and in the mid-30s during the Popular Front period, they had their own ‘democratic’ front groups.

The dangerous conflation in Gerald’s final paragraphs suggests that there was amalgam between Jewish people, the NAACP and Communism. During the time the NAACP received heavy Jewish support, while DuBois was a member of that organization, he was not a Communist. By the time he became a Communist, he was no longer in the ambit of the NAACP, so it is a smear to suggest that “Communist Jews” through the conduit of DuBois were trying to spread Communism through the NAACP, the only interpretation one can logically draw from the punch line in Gerald’s comments.

For a masterful narrative of the NAACP in the 30s, read Patricia Sullivan’s new book “Days of Hope”. DuBois barely figures in this book.

Little Al on April 30, 2010 at 7:22 pm

And Gerald’s view of the Harlem Renaissance is also, of course, conspiratorial. While certainly some prominent individuals in the Harlem Renaissance were in and around the Communist Party, like Langston Hughes, it was much, much broader, and represented a legitimate, although at times misguided awakening by Black intellectuals. And to suggest that DuBois or his “Jewish backers” orchestrated it is anti-semitic conspiratorialism of the worst sort.It is an oversimplication of a complex intellectual movement.

Little Al on April 30, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Gerald?

I think your comment was worthy of a post of it’s own.

Brilliant analysis.

Thanks.

mary on April 30, 2010 at 8:39 pm

“She was correctly dissed by Howard Stern, who said on his satellite radio show that she would not find more acting work.”

Gaboury Sidbe will be in the following
“The Big C” (2010) TV series (unknown episodes)
Yelling to the Sky (2010) (post-production) …. Latonya Williams

Pete Bone on April 30, 2010 at 10:51 pm

Answering various objections:

1. Never meant to state or imply that all Jews were Marxist, or that there was this gigantic Jewish conspiracy. I judge people as individuals. I was only referring to the specific Jews who founded and bankrolled the N.A.A.C.P. with W.E.B. Du Bois as its frontman. If I am overstating the role of Spingarn and his cohorts in founding the N.A.A.C.P., then I apologize. As right wing anti-Semites frequently blame Marxism, communism and socialism on “the Jews”, I should have been more careful with my words.

2. W.E.B. Du Bois did not OPENLY join the American Communist Party until later, when he became disillusioned and bitter because he realized that the Marxist takeover of America would not happen in his lifetime and thus he would not personally benefit. (Du Bois’ motives were primarily self-interest.) But despite his vehement denials, Du Bois was a longtime collaborator with the Communist Party before he cast off the pretense. The efforts that the Communist Party put into secretly courting and cultivating their own black leadership and discrediting all who would not join them is something that will never be acknowledged in the “official” version of U.S. history and the civil rights movement.

3. Regarding the Harlem Renaissance and the other black “artists” of the day, Du Bois and people like him were the accepted gatekeepers. The Du Bois crowd took the standard position of the Marxists: art for art’s sake does not exist. All art is propaganda. So, a work of art is either revolutionary – in the interests of Marxism – or counterrevolutionary, in the interests of the status quo. Thus, Du Bois and fellow travelers made sure that blacks who refused to toe the Marxist line went unpublished and unpromoted, because such works would only have the effect of keeping blacks in bondage to capitalism. Keep in mind: this was during a time of segregation and discrimination, so it isn’t as if there was going to this large number of black books published and what not to begin with. So, by being able to claim to be the representative of the thoughts and desires of the black community, Du Bois wielded huge influence. So, yes, it is ironic that Du Bois used discrimination against blacks to his advantage. Then again, considering who we are talking about here, it isn’t the least bit ironic at all.

Gerald on April 30, 2010 at 11:17 pm

I saw her on Saturday Night Live last week. It actually looks like she lost some weight.

Matthew on April 30, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    C’mon now Matthew…that’s like saying you can tell a few barnacles have fallen off the ship’s hull.

    IceNoMore on May 1, 2010 at 1:40 am

      Yeah, I meant maybe she’s dieting now.

      Matthew on May 1, 2010 at 9:14 am

Should she be listed as one of the most beautiful people, no. Does I care? no. Frankly I never check to see who was listed as one of the most beautiful people list because I have other more important things to worry about in my life. Most of the people listed are just celebrities who while beautiful are not the most beautiful people in the world. Yes she has a weight problem, it’s not healthy and she needs to loose weight. However how many times are people going to tell her that? By next year no one will remember her. Let her have her 15 minutes of fame and move on.

The Obesity issue seems to be a sore point for you? Why is that, is it because you are not skinny yourself? I suggest you look in the mirror before you start casting stones. Also what’s wrong with plus size stores? Would you prefer they go naked? It’s not like you are going to see fat people in bras and thongs, unless you look in the mirror.

Marlene on May 1, 2010 at 1:14 am

    She is being heavily promoted, and it is something that does not simply affect her. Do you really think that it is wise to tell young gals that it really is okay to be grossly overweight? Is it really cool to encourage young people to get so bloated that they will face heart attacks, diabetes, or even strokes by their thirties or forties? I am no fan of Obamacare, but this is an issue that is going to come up in the future. When Gabby has her eventual problem, which is inevitable, how much treatment should be given to someone who knowingly put themselves in the situation they are in? Why should she be treated any different that a smoker or alcoholic who damages themselves through their own behavior. There will be pressure to restrict medical care for such people, so why promote it in the media?

    Worry01 on May 2, 2010 at 8:32 am

Marlene…go get yourself a Happy Meal, sit down, and cool off.
“Let her have her 15 minutes of fame and move on.”…That’s part of the problem. They let people like this get their “day in the sun” when there are so many others, far more worthy and deserving, who don’t even get a nod or the middle digit. It’s not so much the obesity issue as it is the principle behind the whole sordid mess.

IceNoMore on May 1, 2010 at 1:45 am

    Who are far more deserving? Wow. “It’s not so much the obesity issue as it is the principle behind the whole sordid mess.” I’d like to know, what is?

    I love the fat joke in the beginning with the Happy Meal. You must hate yourself so much for not being thin.

    LOL on May 1, 2010 at 5:22 am

And speaking of big, fat liars, that picture you’ve got at the top of your blog is either highly altered or twenty years out of date. Have you seen any of your own videos? Whatever your other attributes, you are physically a rather unattractive woman. I can’t help but think your sophomoric tirade here is an expression of projected self-loathing, as you yourself are not thin and have not been pretty probably since your junior prom.

Eileen on May 1, 2010 at 2:13 am

you know you not really good looking too without your make-up
BTW I love how you remove your double chin with photoshop…

You Sucks on May 1, 2010 at 2:50 am

Ironic she would be writing this. If you didn’t get the memo, Debbie, you’re fat AND ugly.

FUDebbie on May 1, 2010 at 5:14 am

I am glad to see Gerald’s latest comments, but re the Harlem Renaissance DuBois was not associated with the Communist Party in the 1920s and early 30s when the Harlem Renaissance occurred. “The Call”, written in 1909, and which was the impetus for the NAACP was much broader in scope than just Jewish supporters. Among others, William Lloyd Garrison Jr., William Dean Howells, John Dewey, Jane Addams, and Lincoln Steffans signed, along with Rabbi Stephen Wise and other Jewish supporters.DuBois at the time was a Harvard Ph.D, and able to think and act for himself. No one was pulling his strings. While the NAACP supported the Harlem Renaissance and published many of its participants, we need to remember that other organizations such as the Urban League also supported the Harlem Renaissance. DuBois was also slightly ambivalent towards this movement expressing concern at times that this cultural movement should not blunt the political struggle. The interrelationships were complex, and it is a tremendous distortion to suggest that DuBois, with Jewish backers were the impetus for this movement. DuBois was certainly an influential person, but by no means a gatekeeper.

Remember that until the mid 1930s the Communist Party was essentially isolated. This is particularly true during the 1920s when there was a period of prosperity in the United States. In 1929 the Communist Party entered its “third period” when it believed revolution was right around the corner, and organizations like the NAACP were roadblocks. The Communist Party started to gain mass influence around the mid 1930s when Stalin concluded that the need to ‘stop fascism’ (except of course during the Stalin-Hitler Pact) necessitated broad political alliances. By that time though, DuBois had broken with the NAACP. So suggesting that DuBois, as a Marxist influenced the Harlem Renaissance conflates historical periods in DuBois’ life, and overlooks the status and position of the Communist Party during this time period.

Little Al on May 1, 2010 at 5:51 am

And we do have to pay attention to language in our posts; e.g. “Spingarn and his cohorts”; “cohorts” has a negative connotation; better would have been Spingarn and his “associates”, “colleagues”, the word ‘cohorts’ unfortunately does imply conspiracy.

Little Al on May 1, 2010 at 6:49 am

Debbie, you remind me of that fat chick who used to play on Saturday night live.
lol!

debbie schlussel on May 1, 2010 at 9:11 am

For once I agree with Debbie. Therefore Hell has frozen over, dogs and cats are living together, mass hysteria!

David Fullam on May 1, 2010 at 11:17 am

She may not be physically attractive or sexy, but the fact that she’s not depressed and stuff b/c of her weight is beautiful enough. She’s a confident big chick and if this debbie chick wants to fall into the conventional definition of beauty and not look at herself it just shows how ppl in the world are.

tammy on May 1, 2010 at 11:27 am

they are just adjusting their target audience, america is getting fatter every day. so naturally there are more fat people who want to be represented in magazines or else they wont buy it, even though they’re unhealthy and ugly.
next stop is to outlaw “fattism” e.g. every critcal comment towards obese people will be a hate crime.

community obamanizer on May 1, 2010 at 11:28 am

OK. On second thought, I WILL say that I think it’s sort of irresponsible to list her as one of People’s Most Beautiful, only because she’s clearly not healthy. I fully believe that some people can be healthy but still overweight (due to genetics or other factors, etc) but I am pretty sure you can’t be as overweight as she is and still be healthy. I would object to them putting a super-thin girl in this as well. However, they DO often list people who are beautiful on the inside – regular people who have done heroic things, like army vets, etc. And Gabourey Sidibe worked in charity before she was famous and continues to do so afterwards, and does – to me at least, in the interviews I’ve seen – seem like a pretty good, down to Earth human being. So maybe that’s what they were going for?

However, what I object to more is the absolute disgust and lack of compassion some people are putting forth here. I don’t think we would be talking about someone who cut themselves like this, or someone with a drug or drinking problem – I’m not suggesting anyone would idolize her, but no one would be as disgusted as they are with her being obese. Like I said before, she’s got a flaw – she’s fat, not a murderer. Calm down.

And one last thing (at the risk of writing a novel) – those of you who are taking the opportunity to call Debbie fat and ugly, etc, you’re being just as bad as she is. Don’t dumb down the argument with the “she started it” defense.

hellcat on May 1, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Hellcat, I love your reasoned response and compassion. Both your posts were awesome!

    Skunky on May 2, 2010 at 2:52 pm

      Thanks, skunky.

      hellcat on May 3, 2010 at 11:15 am

way to judge a person cus the limelight isn’t on you.
let precious have her time. she’s a lot more inspiring and real than ur photoshopped fat ass.

debbiehobagg on May 1, 2010 at 11:37 am

a lot on going on in this blog. fuck debbie and her discriminative, hypocritical ass.

whitesupremacy on May 1, 2010 at 11:43 am

Is this Gabourey Sidibe?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dz8q58ubKtw&feature=related

CaliforniaScreaming on May 1, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Is this her again?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9gP4dZZxJM

CaliforniaScreaming on May 1, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Does anyone not see the irony in Debbie Schlussel writing about fat people… please take a long look in the mirror Debbie before you cut others down? I love the double chin.

mike nette on May 1, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Could it be possible that she was placed in that magazine for who she is a person and not her physical appearance? I mean I don’t know her personally or anything but She may well be a beautiful person inside. Debbie why do you hate her so much to trash her and insult her so? Yes I can make plenty of comments on your “beauty” or lack there of but I won’t. This isn’t about you. She is considered by a magazine as something. You disagree,,,cool.. Disagree with tha magazine and move on, but to insult her shows a hate of her and her appereance. I must assume by your comments you hate “fat” people right? you must…there is alot coming from your tone and words. I may or may not disagree with her selection by People Mag. and I may blog about my disagreement but never will I insult her in any way…but you aren’t known for taking the high road are you?

Net watcher on May 1, 2010 at 2:54 pm

Net Watcher,
The reason Debbie wrote about Gabourey Sidibe is simple and straightforward. Right at this very moment she’s newsworthy. For better or worse she’s in the news right now.

Look at the tags for this page, they range from Gabourey Sidibe to Howard Stern to People and fat chicks. Which means there is a chance that anyone doing a search for any of those might end up on this page.
And the more hits this page gets the better DS’ site does. The more hits the more chances someone might scroll over to left and pick up Van Halen’s 1984 or over to the right and pick up a “Debbie Schlussel must read.” And who gets a cut of that?

Pete Bone on May 1, 2010 at 3:19 pm

I’ve always disliked the idea that “fat can be beautiful.” I don’t think one has to slim to be attractive…this is a somewhat subjective thing. Some girls or guys look great with some extra weight.

Like the man who once said I know it when I see it, obesity is more than
extra weight. Clues are when you have jiggling rolls over your belt, can’t make your thighs stop binding when you walk, etc. Then it becomes “morbid.”

It is also sick to become obsessed with being perfect. It’s a hard balance to accept one’s self with flaws, yet make a proper effort to do the best with what you have. I admire people who can accept their flaws without obsession, yet keep on working at it–controlling what they eat and exercising. It’s a tough balance.

BB on May 1, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Okay.. someone just tell Debb that she is not qualified to write about anything. I think Debbie Schlussel is a little butt-hurt that she didn’t make the list.

Keep living in denial with your upward angle picture, photoshopping out the fat and wrinkles. You got some hits on this article, but at the end of the day no one knows who you are, and most people wouldn’t even bother trying to pronounce your name.

Gab has an oscar nomination. But it’s probably all a conspiracy, and the academy is ran by a bunch of people who feel sorry for fat chicks.

bobby on May 2, 2010 at 12:48 am

    Could not have said it any better.

    Right On on May 2, 2010 at 3:32 am

    Have you EVEN seen Precious, im sorry, but if you dont think that was good gor an oscar nomination, then you must be DUMB, DEAF AND BLIND…srsly, get over your ego.

    soooooooo on May 2, 2010 at 4:39 am

Looking the the mirror you fat bitch.

Str4ngerDanger on May 2, 2010 at 1:02 am

FATTY FATTY FATTY

RyRy on May 2, 2010 at 2:53 am

You must feel insecure if your stupid enough to actually take time to write this. You have no disregard for anyones inner beauty, it’s not as if you need to be skinny to be beautiful, so what if she’s over weight, She is not you, You are not her, and guess what, HATE ALL YOU WANT, SHE STILL MAKES MORE MONEY THAN YOU

susanne on May 2, 2010 at 4:23 am

    You might want to consider what you are saying. The nonsense being pushed by People Magazine does have consequences. Getting as overweight as Gabby is dangerous, and should in no way be encouraged. Also, People Magazine is engaging in pure mockery by putting this women in this situation. This is what one would expect of South Park, and not a mainstream magazine. Gabby will be lucky to be alive in a decade unless she drops at least some of that weight. I see no compassion in your remarks, but rather a profound bitterness. Do you have a weight issue yourself?

    Worry01 on May 2, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Hey lame brain, “no disregard” would indicate that Debbie does
    regard a person’s inner beauty. Just as this actress is definitely not the most beautiful lady in the world, regardless of her supposed inner beauty, you are not the most intelligent either. Honesty speaks the truth as always, and although harsh in the words she has chosen to use, Debbie is at least being HONEST. That’s more than can be said for any of you who are buying into People magazine’s idiocy. Now put down that box of doughnuts, dear, less you gain even more weight, and continue to clog that thing inside your skull called your brain. Besideds, the Lane Bryant website is having a sale on moo moos.

    Joe on May 2, 2010 at 9:39 pm

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