Can We Please Never Call a Plus-Size Character a 'Hippo' Ever Again?

When it comes to body positivity and diversity in the media, we still have a long way to go.

At Glamour's Powered by Women panel at this week's annual South by Southwest festival, Gabourey Sidibe revealed she once read for a part in which her character was literally referred to as a "hippo" and an "elephant."


This is a woman who has built an impressive acting resume packed with dozens of nominations and awards—and still, she is reduced to insulting labels?

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Sidibe discussed her reaction to the script:

"I’m like, 'Are you serious? You wrote something for me and you’re calling me a hippo?' This is my body. This has been my body my entire life, and in my life my friends and my colleagues are not constantly talking about my body. But in most of my roles, somebody has to make mention of it."

We're certainly glad celebrities like Sidibe are talking about the issues they face in the industry—and that shows like This Is Us are bringing them to light.

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But here's a crazy thought: How about if people of all shapes and sizes are just considered fellow humans, rather than reduced to their appearance?

What a thought.

H/t: Glamour