Singer and actor Tyrese Gibson is facing major backlash after criticizing overweight people during an interview this week.
The “Transformers” star was promoting a documentary he self-directed with music site AllHipHop.com before he shifted his attention to overweight people.
“What kind of responsibility do you feel as an entertainer? You have to inspire people to live healthier lifestyles?” the interviewer asked.
Gibson responded, "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 [expletive]. You worked your [expletive] off to eat everything in sight to get big as hell,” Gibson continued.
“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.”
While obesity is seen as a health crisis in America, most did not take too kindly to Gibson's criticisms.
“But he's wrong on two other important points: He's wrong that every fat person is fat by choice, and he's wrong that being fat is nasty. Indeed, those sentiments make him just another moronic bigot,” one commenter replied.
“I'm not a fat person, but I lost a bit of respect for him with the comments stated in the manner they were stated. The comments weren't motivational to heavy people; they were callous and mean to get attention by stirring people's emotions,” another person wrote.
Gibson is not the first male artist to speak negatively about overweight people.
In December, Chris Brown did not take kindly to some of his fans who criticized his recent weight loss.
“The funniest [expletive] is the comments on me being too skinny! Half of y’all [expletive] are super obese and fat as [expletive]!” the newly signed Wilhelmina model told a follower on Instagram.
He then shared information about his fitness regime.
"I dance and workout constantly! It’s called being healthy. Some need stop running their mouth and get that fat [expletive] on a treadmill. I can hear u wheezing on my comments [sic].”
While Brown never apologized, Gibson later wrote on Twitter that he meant what he said about overweight people but admitted that he should have said his comments with more tact.