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A pretty low-key actor without a reputation of stirring the pot, Boris Kodjoe, caused quite a disturbance on Twitter when he challenged obese Black women to get their acts together.

With his over 77,000 followers, who are mostly women, Kodjoe wrote:

“Like a baby. Had nightmares though about 300 pound women in thongs gnawing on chicken wings while grinding on me. Scary.”

So you can imagine the bedlam that erupted shortly after his post. His fans criticized him relentlessly, despite his attempt to do damage control.

“I love ‘thickness’. And I love a woman who loves herself. And loving yourself is being healthy,” he explained, envoking his wife’s Twitter handle in the argument. “You all know @nicolearip and I are all about health. And we as a community have to be more conscious of our health. The numbers are shocking.”

And he couldn’t be more right about the issue. According to the stats, Black women are ridiculously overweight compared to others in America. The U.S. Department for Minority Health reports that 4-out-of-5 minority women are considered obese.

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