*Gabourey Sidibe has apologized for her repeated use of a transphobic slur while appearing on the January 23rd broadcast of “The Arsenio Hall Show.”
The Oscar nominated actress was talking about living in New Orleans while filming “American Horror Story: Coven” when she said the word “tranny” no less than five times in under a minute:
Gabourey Sidibe: There was a bar that we would frequent and every time we’d go, when we were leaving every single time there was always like a gang of cops arresting trannies.
*FX’s “American Horror Story: Coven,” ended its season on Wednesday with a new supreme witch, and reigning supreme in the ratings.
The episode pulled 4.2 million total viewers, making it the most watched episode of the three “American Horror Story” seasons.
Angela Bassett, Gabourey Sidibe and Lance Reddick joined the series for this witch-themed run. Among total viewers, the “Coven” finale was up an impressive 28 percent from the week prior. And among adults 18-49, it averaged a 2.2 rating (2.84 million viewers) — a boost of 22 percent.
Coven has given the “AHS” franchise a huge boost. It opened to a series record 5.54 million viewers in October, smashing previous highs set in the first and second seasons. With time-shifting taken into account, the premiere actually ranks as the No. 2 FX series broadcast of all time, behind only the recent sixth-season opener of “Sons of Anarchy.”
*Gabourey Sidibe graced the Golden Globes red carpet wearing a cream-colored gown with jeweled accents – and immediately, Twitter pounced.
“She looks like a condom,” one user wrote.
“Geez! She looks like the chubby ghost from Casper,” another posted.
The 30-year-old Globe nominee for “American Horror Story: Coven” eventually responded to her haters.
*Leave it to that some black magic to stir up ratings gold for the “American Horror Story” franchise.
Wednesday’s season premiere of the witch-themed “American Horror Story: Coven,” co-starring newcomers Angela Bassett and Gabourey Sidibe, was the most-watched telecast ever of the franchise with 5.54 million total viewers – a gain of 44 percent over last season’s “AHS: Asylum” premiere.
It was the No. 1 show among adults 18-34 in primetime (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.) and it could rank as the most -watched program in FX history (That data was still pending at press time.)
Angela Bassett as Marie Laveau in “American Horror Story: Coven”
“American Horror Story: Coven” tells the secret history of witches and witchcraft in America. Over 300 years have passed since the turbulent days of the Salem witch trials and those who managed to escape are now facing extinction. Mysterious attacks have been escalating against their kind and young girls are being sent away to a special school in New Orleans to learn how to protect themselves.
Wrapped up in the turmoil is new arrival, Zoe (Taissa Farmiga), who is harboring a terrifying secret of her own. Alarmed by the recent aggression, Fiona (Jessica Lange), the long-absent Supreme, sweeps back into town, determined to protect the Coven and hell-bent on decimating anyone who gets in her way.
Latest poster for FX’s “American Horror Story: Coven” (Gabourey Sidibe is floating directly to the right of the fireplace)
*FX is promoting the October 9 premiere of its Angela Bassett-enhanced “American Horror Story: Coven” in dribs and drabs.
The latest trailer, released today, features the Oscar-nominated actress in character as voodoo priestess Marie Laveau, as well as fellow new cast member Gabourey Sidibe.
Until now, “Coven’s” cryptic teasers haven’t revealed much about the plot. In this new 30-second clip, Zoe (Taissa Farmiga) is shipped off to a school for witches, where headmaster Fiona (Jessica Lange) warns her that she has only one thing to fear: Fiona herself.
Sidibe appears to be another student in the witch school. Fiona says to them during an apparent field trip, “When witches don’t fight, we burn.”
Angela Bassett as Marie Laveau in FX’s “American Horror Story: Coven”
There are also flashes of new cast member Kathy Bates as real life serial killer Madame LaLaurie, and Bassett’s Laveau – hair in long, thick twists – ending the promo with a devilish laugh.
Watch the new teaser below.
“American Horror Story: Coven” premieres Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 10/9c on FX.
*Gabourey Sidibe is striking on the latest cover of Harper’s Bazaar, jolting senses in a Karl Lagerfeld period piece.
Unique indeed, the photo joins a series of other shots capturing iconic beauty in an almost uncomfortable creative way.
Nonetheless, the curvaceous actress, who co stars with another Bazaar beauty, Zoe Kravitz, in “Yelling to the Sky,” unashamedly slathers herself in what some are calling her all time best captured character pose, donning a red hooded cape, leather-looking jacket. With Gabby on the cover, in all of her voluptuousness and ebony black hue, Harper’s made a big step for high-end fashion magazines, perhaps a step above Italian Vogue.
Though fashion magazines are taking strides in some ways to include more Black models and other people of color, some critics are not quite satisfied with the way the fashion industry is moving in terms of diversity.
The New York Times recent published an article revisiting the disparity between models of color on the fashion runway. After Italian Vogue shot a complete issue of Black models, many held out for changes to take place in the industry and have essentially been taking notes.
It appears the numbers are still the same.
The fashion industry needs revamping for several reasons, including racial stratification and representation of the real woman.
Gabourey’s appearance not only says something about the world of fashion, but also speaks to the need to iconize women (people) across the color and size spectrum. Whether or not Bazaar, which caters to a primarily white audience, intended to make an impact the way the magazine potentially has with this recent issue is another conversation. But in the meantime, Gabourey’s beauty deserves to be celebrated.