Twista Responds to Claims of Body Shaming Actress Gabourey Sidibe
Twista is walking back fatphobic comments after being called out by the well-known actress he tried to make the butt of his joke.
On Wednesday (Dec. 9), the Chicago-bred rapper shared an insensitive image comparing the Empire actress Gabourey Sidibe to Instagram model Bernice Burgos. The photos attempt to show Sidibe as a less attractive but more successful option while the pretty-but-lazy narrative is meant to represent Burgos. In the caption, Twist wrote, “Who y’all choosing A or B.”
Gabourey didn’t let the disrespect go unpunished. The Academy Award-winning actress spoke up in her defense and made it be known that she will not be treated as though she is less than.
Wow. I um…..gee. @twistagmg I only like you as a rapper I forgot about in 2005. But good luck with option B!,” before sealing her response with a kiss face emoji.
Following backlash from fans and Gabourey, Twista issued a public apology on social media. The fast-talking rapper revealed that an employee with access to his accounts created the post.
“My true fans know my character! I operate my page, but I also have other people with my company do so as well, that mistake was made by an employee!,” Twista started. “Totally not my views or thought process! Everyone is beautiful in my eyes! And I also believe your character and personality defines a persons beauty more than their physical beauty. @gabby3shabby has always been a beautiful black woman to me! As soon as I saw the post, I was upset and immediately corrected it! So I apologize for letting something like this happen! Once again it’s completely out of my character to have those kind of opinions or make that kind of posts!!!”
Gabourey Sidibe has not responded to Twista’s apology.
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