*sigh* RIP Jennifer Hudson's Thickness, Y'all

(Thanks, Livication!)


When she dropped her first single, one of my former gay boyfriends had it on repeat all day, every day.  He said she was "just the hottest woman in the world."

Now look at her.

*sniff*  Moment of silence, bar patrons.

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  1. Granted, that dress on the left isn't the most flattering for her figure. Naturally, I never thought she looked anything other than fantastic. But she's got people in her ear telling her that in order to stay marketable, she has to be a size two.

    It's the entertainment business that's controlled by those that don't look like us.

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  2. Has her weight loss affected her beauty and talent, or am I missing something?

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  3. How the hell is her current size an "improvement?" I'm disappointed. :(

    RIP indeed.

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  4. Why Jennifer? Whhhhhhhhhhhhyyyyyyyyy?!?!?

    *sniffles*

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  5. It's the entertainment business that's controlled by those that don't look like us.

    You're right; they don't look like us. They're fat, filthy rich white guys who have no business determining what women should look like.

    Has her weight loss affected her beauty and talent, or am I missing something?

    In my opinion, she looked better thick. When she first started losing weight, she looked great; she was healthy, she got a nice balanced weight, and her face looked phenomenal.

    Now she's just another forced-skinny, weave-wearing woman in Hollywood whom I have trouble taking seriously.

    I mean...did her thickness affect her talent and popularity and ability to win an Oscar, or did I miss something?

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  6. I think I need a hug...from someone thick and soft. lol

    Seriously, she looked better thick. The media is obsessed with women with more flatness than thickness. It's not beautiful to them if they are a size with the smallest number possible. I wouldn't be surprised if they considered women with a negative size the image of femininity.

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  7. You know, I'd love it if all of these women didn't feel the need to run around saying how much better this makes them, if this makes any sense. And maybe they should just keep their mouths shut with the self-love since 99.9% of them will jump on the size 2 bandwagon.

    Now, instead of talking about music or acting, all of her interviews are about "getting her life under control." She speaks as though this is the best thing she has ever done. You'll make your head hurt reading white women's "approval" of all of this...you know, that she finally decided to be responsible and take care of herself and wanted to be "pretty."

    I read that her fiance (who degrees aside seems like a bit of a train wreck) didn't like her weight loss, and of course the white women jumped on the idea that he just wanted her to be more controllable and less desirable to other men, b/c eww, who would want all of that fat all over the place?

    I don't know her health, but she was hardly riding a cart down the street, so I wish she wasn't writing a book as if she was so flawed and now she has seen the light.

    It would be great if people didn't need to kowtow to the idea that women who look like her BEFORE picture aren't about to drop dead of their disgusting fatness, or hate themselves with every fiber of their being, b/c it's not enough that she change, she must also tell white people how miserable thick black women are and how they all are just dreaming of being "healthy" and "beautiful."

    So perhaps my biggest disappointment is that this feeds in the notion that we want to look like them and that any thick black woman who has confidence is just faking it.

    And it's not as though she's now going to be going up against Zoe Saldana or Thandie Newton for acting roles.

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  8. Thank You for saying it!!! Somehow I always feel like an asshole for thinking it. Part of me wants to be all "to each his own","do what makes you feel good" about it. I mean as long as she still has the talent we shouldn't care ,but in my opinion she had a beautiful figure and face all along. In Dreamgirls I had a hard time taking my eyes off her. Granted,I didn't really hear a lot of people echoing my opinion at the time,but not everybody has to think the same right? (Plus it's not uncommon to be "blinded by the Beyonce"). Of course once she got down to a more "Hollywood Friendly" size all I hear about is how beautiful she is. That bothers me.At the risk of being a jerk I'm gonna say her Weight Watchers commercials are a little painful(and annoying) for me to watch,especially the one were she sings with herself at her former size. The whole "look how better I look thing" irked me especially since the only real improvement I saw was she got a better stylist. RIP

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  9. Part of me wants to be all "to each his own","do what makes you feel good" about it. I mean as long as she still has the talent we shouldn't care ,but in my opinion she had a beautiful figure and face all along.

    Bingo. It's like with Adele; when Adele sings, the friggin' universe stops. And yet magazines focused on her weight. So what's the message? If the gods grant you a phenomenal gift, it ain't worth a damn unless "certain" humans approve of your body as well.

    You know, I'd love it if all of these women didn't feel the need to run around saying how much better this makes them, if this makes any sense. ...Now, instead of talking about music or acting, all of her interviews are about "getting her life under control." She speaks as though this is the best thing she has ever done.

    Exactly. Getting skinny's more important than making a total fool out of Simon Cowell? Coming from complete obscurity to winning an Oscar is meaningless compared to getting skinny?

    So despite all her talent, ambition, professionalism, and strength in the face of some serious obstacles...being skinny is the most important thing in her life? Have we really sunk this low?

    Why aren't people calling this like it is? If you convince a beautiful, talented thick woman that she's worthless until she loses all her weight, she's under your control. And once she's waif-like, she'll be even easier to physically subdue.

    I'm not surprised nor even annoyed that men subscribe to this type of thinking; I expect that from them. But when women roll right over and just give up hard-won psychological and emotional independence - which has taken ages of fighting and learning and struggling - it just makes me ill.

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  10. I'm happy if she is happy. IMHO she lost too much weight. She should have kept some of her thickness, but that's just me talking. A woman who would never want to be a twig

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  11. Why can't people accept that not every body type fits everyone? We are not one size fits all and sometimes losing/gaining weight for aesthetic purposes only is not the move. No disrespect to Jennifer Hudson, because I got mad love and respect for her, but in my opinion she looked better thick. It suited her body better and she carried it well. Her new look aged her a bit and to me, something looks off.

    I'm sorry if I seem harsh but she should have told the naysayers to go fuck themselves and kept it moving. She was a great role model to women showing that you can be thick and radiant. Now she's just another entry in the "This is why size 2 is perfection and anything higher makes you Jabba the Hutt" book the media crams down our throats.

    I could have understood and even sympathised if the weight loss was for health and she genuinely had a problem. But she wasn't stopping in shows to catch her breath or struggling to walk and live life to my knowledge. She was a woman of seemingly average health who just happened to be thick. Her true fans accepted it and she seemed cool with it. It's a shame how she let haters run her there.

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  12. No her size doesn't affect her talent, but I'm also one of the people who think she was more attractive as a thicker woman.

    K
    But when women roll right over and just give up hard-won psychological and emotional independence - which has taken ages of fighting and learning and struggling - it just makes me ill.

    Nicthommi
    So perhaps my biggest disappointment is that this feeds in the notion that we want to look like them and that any thick black woman who has confidence is just faking it

    And if women are happy, confident, beautiful and thick why do they need to destroy that? It's not enough for them to believe in their own superiority, they want to make sure that the rest of us are miserable for not being them. I just find that really sick and disturbing. And the thing is the conventional standards makes the women who embrace it miserable too because they are always chasing that grail of thinness. They are not allowed to gain weight ever. They can never be happy if they step outside of the norm; a norm that not only worships thinness and whiteness, but youth. And many women, including those that are white, will not be young and thin forever.

    Don't they see that the prison they've created for others traps them as well?

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  13. Don't they see that the prison they've created for others traps them as well?

    It doesn't trap them; it traps women. This is all about finding a new way to control women.

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  14. Can we add a post for America Ferrera? I've noticed she's dropped a lot of weight since her Traveling Pants days. Although I don't perceive much of a physical difference I notice that she too has been losing a lot of weight.

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  15. @ Marona

    Awwwww - don't remind me!!!!

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  16. What gets me about Jennifer Hudson is this woman made it through the death of not one, but three family members. She made it through something so horrific without putting a gun to her head, but the fact that she lost weight makes her a hero? Wth?

    Another thing that bothers me is how some black female bloggers are holding up Jennifer as an example for all black women to follow, not because of all her accomplishments, but because of her new found thinness. There’s this Black Cinderella thinking that if we would just lose weight (translation: become the white standard of beauty) and get “healthy” all of our problems will be solved.

    As someone who went from a size 22 to a 14, my life didn’t magically get better because I lost weight, nor did I feel this so called freedom Jennifer sings about in her WW commercial. That’s all a part of the weight loss lie. My life is the same ole same ole, just with a smaller body.

    I agree all of this is about control of women, but especially the control of black women. We’re the ones society wants to break and dominate the most. They hate the fact that no matter how much vitriol is thrown our way we still think we’re the best thing walking and this is a problem.

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  17. Just thought of something in regards to social control and initials.

    White women are weight watchers. WW
    White men are watchmen. WM

    More of an exaggeration, but with the way things are makes you wonder.

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  18. @Jean-Bee, yeah, a lot of black women bloggers are eager to jump on the band wagon and tell you that getting smaller is the solution to the hatred that people have for black women, and they want to buy into the idea that nothing else you do is important if you aren't skinny. Of course no one wants to date you black women, you are too fat, why would anyone want that? If you will just be perfect like the white women, it will be all good.

    I saw one where a chick was basically telling people who were heavier that they shouldn't be dating b/c they needed to get themselves together, and when someone wrote in that she was together she said that the person "just didn't want to do the work." B/c no, a thick black woman does not deserve love.

    I'm about to start a "Shut your mouth J.Hud" movement b/c the latest foolishness is that she is claiming that she was wanted for the role of Precious (no offense but that role is/way way beyond her core talents) but didn't want to get big, which of course the white women love to lap up. I think she is really getting a high from the "love" that she is getting from mainstream America.

    Maybe I'm overly sensitive but it just seems to insult Gabourey Sidibe's talent (b/c when you see her interview and see the movie, you see that the girl was clearly ACTING in a way that not a lot of people can). So regardless of opinions about her physical state, the young lady is VERY talented and it would take some serious talent and not just J.Hud plus 50lb to pull that off.

    Why are so many BLACK women seemingly offended by other black women who are happy or proud of themselves?

    I mean, I'm sorry, I'm going to outmatch my competitors in pretty much any head to head competition except "who wears the smallest jeans." So why am I supposed to feel inferior?

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