Howard Stern recently gave his take on Precious star Gabourey Sidibe. And guess what. He didn’t pull any punches.
So is anyone really shocked that Howard Stern is saying something edgy? Apparently some at the Huffington Post were. This video was posted on their video section and described as a “vicious attack.”
But, is what he’s saying, at the core, wrong?
From what I surmise from this clip, Stern is saying two things. First, Stern says, because of the unrealistic body types of most actors and actresses (or perhaps because of American culture or human nature’s view of beauty?) Gabourey Sidibe will probably not see as much work (or positive work) in Hollywood than a physically-fit, attractive actress would. Also, Stern says that rather than encouraging her about her future in a way that implies that it’s fine for her to keep her current body type, it would be better to encourage her to lose weight and become healthier.
I fail to see how any of this is wrong. His fat jokes are perhaps insensitive but I’ve never been one to stand on the side of political correctness. And really, it’s Howard Stern. What do you expect?
Too often in this country we associate treating obese or overweight individuals with respect as synonymous to accepting the body type. We shouldn’t be putting these individuals down—I agree. But nor should we be saying that this body type is “good” and merely “different” than the norm. We should be encouraging these individuals to change their lifestyle, exercise, and eat healthier so they can live longer and more fulfilling lives (not burdened by an array of physical problems).