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May. 5th, 2010 06:13 am (UTC)
I cannot thank you enough, that you voluntarily subject yourself to reading that shit, so I don't have to.
May. 5th, 2010 11:51 am (UTC)
Oh no she didn't. Gabourey is stunning. Haters to the left.
May. 5th, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC)
Always trust the Shorter.
May. 5th, 2010 04:04 pm (UTC)
I don't think Gabourey is particularly beautiful even in the more inclusive sense of the word, but damn if Schlussel - who is much fatter and uglier than the decade-old airbrushed picture at the top of her site might make you think - hasn't pushed me into rooting for her just by being Schlussel.
May. 5th, 2010 05:57 pm (UTC)
Wow. I haven't ever heard of this thing before, and I am absolutely stunned. I mean, the Islam comment kind of came out of left field and I thought maybe I could dismiss it as a sort of horrible attempt at a joke maybe possibly if you don't understand humor. But then...holy hell!

Is "Push" considered "gangsta lit" or this just another display of ignorance? Because I'm pretty sure gangs were left entirely out of the book. I haven't seen the movie, but I don't know why they'd add something like that in.

Also gotta love that Sidibe should only act as the chubby black comic relief in other movies. Sure.
May. 5th, 2010 06:51 pm (UTC)
Well, there's a history of this "urban inner city = gang bangers" stuff amongst the far-right. I remember Michelle Malkin throwing a shit fit about the fact that Tupak Shakur's poetry was being taught in some schools -- mind you, whenever she went to show why this was a BAD thing, she never quoted from his actual poetry, only the rap.

There's this movement on the far right to dismiss anything that shows an ethnic group is different from the mainstream -- such as rap -- as a threat to society. Sure, they cloak it in terms about misogyny and violence, but there always seems to be the idea that the medium itself is the threat (there was this Dennis Prager column a few years back that basically went, "Should Ludacris be performing his sex-charged songs at a campus where two women were raped recently?", and in doing so, hit miscegenation dog whistle bingo). I swear, if they could get away with it, they'd dismiss The Autobiography of Malcolm X as glorifying urban crime.
May. 5th, 2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
I only looked at the second one... but on its face it seems to make complete sense. Do you really believe People Magazine is being genuine when they say this woman is "most beautiful?" I'll trust you that this Schlussel person sucks but she's entirely right when she says that if anyone in hollywood really thought the fat lady was good looking, she'd be cast in legitimate "regular" roles and not as the comic relief or the black girl who needs to be saved by the white schoolteacher.
May. 6th, 2010 04:30 am (UTC)
Gabourey Sidibe's never played either of those roles, for obvious reasons.

Not that I'll argue that Hollywood is a hotbed of fat-is-beautiful sentiment (as noted below). But when you say People Magazine is "not being genuine when they say this woman is 'most beautiful'", I'm really not sure what that means. The picks are selected by an editorial crew who are looking to appeal to public sentiment and interests so that they can sell magazines. They put Gabby Sidibe on the list for the same reason they put everyone on the list: she's hot (attention-grabbing) this year, she's unique enough to grab the eye, and she presumably has moved magazines for them in the past. Genuine doesn't enter into it.

Anyway, mostly I'm annoyed at Debbie Schlussel -- sorry if I displaced that energy onto you -- but her point wasn't that Hollywood thinks fat people are ugly, it's that she thinks so. Except that she thinks she KNOWS so. And goes on about it for about five thousand words. WTFever.
May. 5th, 2010 11:40 pm (UTC)
It could hardly be more obvious what's going on here.
Schussel is pretending to not understand the principle of stoking controversy to move units when it's clear she understands it perfectly.
May. 6th, 2010 04:17 am (UTC)
Wow, she just spent an entire article explaining why Hollywood bends over backwards to promote the idea that fat is beautiful. And wasn't joking. That's impressive.