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    Thursday, February 08, 2007
    LARGE and Totally Devoid of Class ....

    Wow, Hollywood, bang up job disgracing the plus size community so far....

    Never have I ever seen a more gross representation of a woman of size depicted on screen to date.

    This character meets ALL the stereotypes that have ever existed about fat black women. How lovely.

    Obviously this is one MOVIE I won't be seeing this year. Give me a break Eddie.

    Is this what a future Oscar winner looks like?

    Some fear 'Norbit' could hurt Murphy's Academy Award chances.

    By Greg Braxton and Robert W. Welkos, Times Staff Writers

    EDDIE Murphy's on the verge of an awards season trifecta — his charismatic portrayal of a tragic R&B singer in "Dreamgirls" has already nabbed him a Screen Actors Guild award and a Golden Globe, and he's considered a front-runner for a best supporting Oscar.

    But the most high-profile image of Murphy these days — while Oscar ballots are still out — is on billboards and in movie trailers wearing a fat suit, garish eye shadow and little else.

    The tagline for his new comedy, "Norbit," poses the question: "Have you ever made a really big mistake?"

    Some Oscar observers are questioning the timing of the movie's Friday arrival, and whether it may unintentionally put off potential academy voters, while some black activists are taking Murphy to task for engaging in what they say are demeaning racial stereotypes.

    "Every time I pass that billboard, it makes me sick," said one veteran Oscar consultant, who declined to be identified and is not involved in a rival campaign. "I think his performance in 'Dreamgirls' is so fabulous" and deserves to win the Academy Award. But, he added, Murphy's latest comedy offering "doesn't help."
    Award season aside, Murphy and "Norbit" are under fire from some black activists who say the film is just the latest to build a movie around a black man dressing up as an unsophisticated, overweight black woman. Adding fuel to their anger is the movie's release during Black History Month....

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