Gabourey Sidibe Reacts to Nicole Arbour's Fat-Shaming Video: 'She is Incredibly Ignorant'
Empire's Gabourey Sidibe tells PEOPLE she didn't find the humor in Nicole Arbour's viral fat shaming video
“I saw a little bit – about as much of it as I could take,” Sibide said at the unveiling of Empire‘s curated collection at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City.
“I think she is incredibly ignorant,” Sidibe said, adding, “I mean she’s saying also that it’s comedy, so … and it’s a joke … I mean maybe it’s not funny to me because I am a plus-size woman.”
Sidibe says ultimately the video “really has nothing to do with me.”
“And, she’s wrong about me – and, she’s wrong about a lot of us,” she says. “I don’t think that she has enough information to speak on what she spoke on. And she did – and, you know, she’s wrong.”
Arbour allegedly lost a gig in the wake of the massive online backlash for her clip. She was set to choreograph scenes for an anti-bullying dance film, but when the director watched her video he said it made him “never want to see her again.”
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The actress, who says Empire‘s next season promises “scandal” and “amazing music,” has spoken out before about having body confidence.
She gave a moving speech during the Ms. Foundation for Women Gala earlier this year, admitting that she finds it “hard to get dressed up for award shows and red carpets when I know I will be made fun of because of my weight.”
Sidibe said she’s turned the criticism into an opportunity for growth.
“If I hadn’t been told I was garbage, I wouldn’t have learned how to show people I’m talented. And if everyone had always laughed at my jokes, I wouldn’t have figured out how to be so funny,” she said. “If they hadn’t told me I was ugly, I never would have searched for my beauty. And if they hadn’t tried to break me down, I wouldn’t know that I’m unbreakable.”
• Reporting by KRISTEN CAIRES