Gabourey Sidibe Responds After Being Fat-Shamed For Her “Empire” Love Scene

“I felt sexy and beautiful.”

1. As we all (should) know, Gabourey Sidibe is currently killing it as Becky in hit drama TV series Empire.




2. But ever since her character was shown in a steamy sex scene on top of a roof she’s been getting a lot of online hate.

5. So much so it has even been turned into a meme, purportedly poking fun at larger women.

6. But the actress has of course responded perfectly. In her latest blog entry she’s written for Entertainment Weekly, Gabourey serves this badass clapback.

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7. She writes:

I, a plus sized, dark-skinned woman, had a love scene on primetime television. I had the most fun ever filming that scene even though I was nervous. But I felt sexy and beautiful and I felt like I was doing a good job. I’m very proud of the work we all did to make that scene a great opening for the episode. I keep hearing that people are “hating” on it. I’m not sure how anyone could hate on love but that’s okay. You may have your memes. Honestly, I’m at work too busy to check Twitter anyway. #Booked. Hope you enjoy next week’s show!

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Kimberley Dadds is the UK celebrity editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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