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Howard Stern vs. Gabourey Sidibe
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Oh Howard Stern... how some love you and a great many loathe you! On Monday, Howard Stern was recapping the Oscars when he started making comments about Gabourey Sidibe from the movie Precious. As we all know, Gabourey is very overweight and Howard's comments are stirring up a frenzy on the Internet because of quotes such as, "You feel bad because everyone pretends that she’s part of show business and she’s never going to be in another movie... What movie is she going to be in? ‘Blind Side 2,’ she could be the football player.”
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While Howard's comments are his usual "shock jock" shtick, he also went on to say, "You just want to say to her, listen, honey, now that you’ve got a little money in the bank go get yourself thin, because you’re going to die in three years." This is where I personally think Howard went from asinine commentary to telling the truth, even though it hurts.
I have personally battled weight problems on and off for years. I've weighed as much as 285 pounds and know what it's like to suffer the consequences of being overweight. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, pre-diabetes, I've been through it all. It wasn't until my own little "shock jock," in this case my 5-year old son, told me the hurtful truth about my weight that I decided to do something about it. I hope that Howard Stern's hurtful truth will make Gabourey Sidibe realize that she's jeopardizing her health by being morbidly obese and that she will finally do something about it, if not for her own sake, then for the sake of those who love her!
What do you think about Howard Stern's comments? Should morbidly obese people be called out in hopes that they will change their lifestyle to help their health? Or is this just mean and cruel?