Stern Was Right: Sidibe Has No Future in Film

The sad truth is, Hollywood won't write for her
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2010 10:45 AM CST
Gabourey Sidibe arrives during the 82nd Academy Awards Sunday, March 7, 2010, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
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(Newser) – Howard Stern may have been “distasteful” when he said earlier this week that Gabourey Sidibe’s career is finished, but he was also one other thing: absolutely right. Sidibe is talented, but “nobody's tripping over themselves to write movies for overweight African-American girls,” writes Kevin Broccoli on Salon. “People are attacking Stern for his comments, but they're not bringing up the elephant in the room—the truth.”

Yes, the Precious actress has a role in an upcoming TV series, but where are the scores of film offers that typically follow an Oscar nomination? (See: "Traditionally pretty" fellow nom Carey Mulligan, who is set to star in Wall Street 2).“It's become a sad tradition that African-American Academy Award winners tend to fade out of sight once they win,” with rare exceptions like Denzel Washington.” But “on top of being a minority actress in Hollywood, she's also overweight,” Broccoli writes—though he’d love to see Hollywood prove Stern wrong.

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