Monday, March 15, 2010
I saw this great quote from actress Gabourey Sidibe today, and wanted to share it.
It seems that Sidibe, the Academy Award-winning actress from the movie "Precious," got a letter from a diet supplement company claiming to be "concerned" with her weight, and coincidentally wanting her to be its new spokesperson. Apparently, the letter jabbed that "the ONLY way you'll win an Oscar" is to lose weight.
And you know what? She had this to say:
"I learned to love myself, because I sleep with myself every night and I wake up with myself every morning, and if I don't like myself, there's no reason to even live the life."
I was so proud of that - and then I came home and read a post from my friend Claire that made me want to cry, scream, and hit the little dick motherfuckers who inspired it.
I spent a lot of my younger life being bullied - roughly the time I developed anxiety (age six) to the time I decided I wasn't going to befriend the ex-boyfriend who had pressured me into sex, dumped me, and then tried to be friends with me (age 15.) After that, something snapped...and I became more of a riot kitty.
But during that time, I was a mouse. I got picked on for various things, ranging from my teeth (for years after they were no longer crooked, I covered my mouth when I smiled), my clothes (hey, it was the 80s), and later, my lack of boobs or butt. It didn't occur to me to stick up for myself. When I learned that technique, it didn't occur to other people to pick on me.
And happily, now, I can tell you that my teeth are no longer crooked, and I'm satisfied with clothes, boobs and butt.
I have learned that bullies are insecure motherfuckers who usually have small dicks. I'm sure that's the case of the weenies at the gym, Claire (who by the way definitely does not qualify as "huge"), and if I had been at the gym with you, I'd not have had your grace in turning the other cheek...
I'd have kicked them in the nuts.