Yesterday at Clutch Magazine, Britni Danielle praised actor Boris Kodjoe for using his social media platform to educate and inspire women to get healthy. I think Danielle's assessment of Kodjoe's actions is overly generous. In case you missed it, here's what happened: Over the weekend, the star of "Madea's Family Reunion" and the "Soul Food" TV series tweeted this:
[I slept] like a baby. Had nightmares though about 300 pound women in thongs grinding on me while eating chicken wings. Scary.
When challenged about his privileged, sexist, fat-shaming and crass joke, Kodjoe tried to turn the incident into a "teachable" moment for the fatties. The actor brought the tough love and implored black women to stop making #fatexcuses.
According to Clutch, Kodjoe "cited the statistics, and began discussing how weight contributes to diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer and began giving tips for his followers on how to live a healthier life." Danielle writes, "Although Black women’s relationship with weight is far more complicated than Kodjoe made it seem, everyone can benefit from his advice to live healthier lives."
Here's my assessment: