‘Precious’ Star: ‘Older White Men Are A Problem’

Katie Jerkovich Entertainment Reporter
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Actress Gabourey Sidibe said she is often mistreated in places like high-end stores and first-class airplane cabins, particularly by “older white men.”

“Um, yeah. I think what happens is, one, I am — I think people think I’m younger than I am, and I’m black, and I have a different body so people discount me no matter where I go if they don’t recognize me from, like, movies, from being a star. They just assume I’m not supposed to be there,” the 34-year-old “Precious” star explained Tuesday during her appearance on “The View.” (RELATED: ‘The View’ Slams ‘Unstable’ Trump For Threat To ‘Totally Destroy North Korea’)

“That happens in high-end stores, not always, but it happens,” she added. “Also it happens — the worst, like the most offensive to me is — and this is going to sound chi chi — but first class, like on airplanes. It’s the worst, because there’s always some older white man who’s like ‘you’re in the wrong line, hun.'”

“And I’m like, here’s my ticket,” she continued. “You’re in the wrong line! Sorry, don’t discount me. Don’t you stop me.”

“They really do that, don’t they,” Joy Behar interjected.

“They do,” the actress responded. “And they are rude to white women. Older white men are a problem, y’all, for everyone. We’re all at risk.”

The comment stemmed from a question by co-host Sarah Haines about an article the actress recently wrote about how she was treated at a high-end clothing store.

“I suspect it’s because I’m black, but it could also be because I’m fat,” Sidibe shared in the piece.