Fast and Furious star Tyrese Gibson, 34, works to stay physically, mentally and emotionally fit, and also aims to better those around him. However, in a new interview about his self-directed documentary, A Black Rose That Grew Through Concrete, as well as his book, Manology: Secrets of Your Man's Mind Revealed, Tyrese offended some people with his blunt word choices about "fat" people.
AllHipHop.com asked him, "What kind of responsibility do you feel as an entertainer, you have to inspire people to live healthier lifestyles?"
Tyrese answered, "No two situations are the same. If you are fat and nasty and you don’t like the way you look, do something about it. It’s simple. When you take a shower and you put your fat, nasty body in the shower and by the time you get out, the mirrors are all steamed up so you don’t look at what you did to yourself. That may sound offensive or insensitive but ultimately, you are big as hell because you have earned that sh*t. You worked your a** off to eat everything in sight to get big as hell. If you got a problem with the way you look, then you need to do something about it. Excuses sound best to the people that’s making them up."
He took some heat for his statements, and he clarified his meaning on Twitter. "I'm not apologizing for what I said I'm apologizing for the bad choice of wording and execution of my point around obesity," Tyrese tweeted (via Us Weekly). "Y'all seen my documentary, I was brought in this world from a plus size mother and my sisters are plus size as well ... I am concerned always! ... We always associate addictions to cocaine, Heroin, and or alcoholic abuse ... Food is the No. 1 addiction in America."
Poor food choices and overeating are a problem in the U.S., and Tyrese is just trying to make a point about taking personal responsibility. But do you think taking such a strong blame stance is the way to change things? Maybe it is — maybe that kind of tough love is exactly what’s needed. But it seems pretty harsh and doesn't take other things into account — like the people who can eat junk food and not gain weight or people who do eat healthy and exercise but can't seem to drop a lot of weight. Plus, there are plenty of unhealthy thin people — certainly in Hollywood — who barely eat anything and smoke up a storm. You don’t always get the full story on health just by looking at someone’s size.
Sources: AllHipHop, Us Weekly, @Tyrese