The 33-year old actress, Gabourey Sidibe, shared that she struggled with depression and bulimia in her memoir, “Try Not To Stare, This is Just My Face.” After revealing that she underwent major weight-loss surgery, a plethora of people have been congratulating her on her new, slimmer physique. However, she’s been very vocal to the press and media about how their positive comments get under her skin.
In an online interview with Yahoo, she says, “It doesn’t rock me. It just annoys me because I’m just like, don’t congratulate me on that.” This seems a little out of the ordinary considering that compliments go hand-in-hand with major weight-loss, but Gabourey is just not here for it.
“If you’re going to congratulate me on my weight-loss, also congratulate me every time I pee. Congratulate me every time I’m burping because my body actually has nothing to do with you, and I don’t really need your support for it,” Gabourey said.
She has been known to advocate for body positivity and inspire women of all shapes and sizes to be comfortable in their own skin. She says to all the other women struggling with the same issues, “Find an activity that you really love and do it, because that will build self-esteem.” Some would say that people are just being supportive of Gabourey, and others would say she does have a point. Regardless, we as a community should respect her beliefs and preferences and continue to watch her blossom into her new self. Then, we should figure out ways to compliment her on things that she sees are more “important.”