Tyrese was once one of my favorite R&B artists. Then, he started tweeting. From epic grammar errors to his strong opinion on almost everything, he’s used Twitter to entertain, confuse and sometimes offend followers with his anecdotes. By building himself as a “personality,” he’s now able to tout a career as not merely a singer, but also an author and motivational speaker.
All Hip Hop asked him if his status as an entertainer makes him feel compelled to inspire people to live healthier lives. He answered, saying:
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 h*ll because you have earned that sh*t. You worked your a** off to eat everything in sight to get big as h*ll. 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.”
Like most of Tyrese’s opinions, his stance on overweight people is polarizing. To some, it comes off as harsh and prejudice yet many are in agreement with his “tough love” approach.