Melissa McCarthy Laughs At Bitter Film Critic Who Called Her “Fat”

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Melissa McCarthy is one of the hottest leading ladies in Film and TV in Hollywood right now, and it is exciting to see the scope of  female leads widen to include different shapes, sizes, colors, backgrounds etc. Just look at Kerry Washington from ABC’s Scandal which is arguably the most popular show on American Television right now.

When her film ‘Identity Thief’ with Jason Bateman came out in February this year, despite its box office success she received a scathing ugly personal attack review from critic Rex Reed. The review went viral and the internet hated on him big time. Why? Because his critique had nothing to do with the film (which like we said, was successful in its opening week) but rather he thought attacking her physique and appearance was the way to go.

Rex Reed described Ms. McCarthy as “tractor-sized” and called her “a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success.” At first McCarthy did not respond, being too busy with her successful career and all…

Two weeks after wrapping filming Identify Thief, she signed on to star in ‘The Heat’ with Sandra Bullock, which comes out in theaters June 28. Not to mention her starring role on CBS comedy ‘Mike and Molly’ for which she won an Emmy. So I guess in retrospect, this Rex Reed character doesn’t have much to do BUT make fun of her appearance seeing as though there’s nothing much to fault her on.

She spoke to the New York Times in April and finally weighed in on that review saying her initial reaction to reading it had been “Really?” and then, she said, “Why would someone O.K. that?” It was speculated that it was all for publicity, and that it might’ve even been planned by the film’s publicity team itself to draw more attention and get more butts in seats out of solidarity to McCarthy in the film’s opening weekend. A little far-fetched, perhaps. The point of this is seeing how strong women have to put up with crap in the media from idiots like Rex Reed, who don’t deserve the title of ‘a man’.

But to Melissa’s credit, it blew by her like an annoying breeze on a cold day. In fact, her confidence in herself gave her the opportunity to actually feel sorry for Reed and observing that someone who would stoop so low in a professional capacity obviously has a lot of issues within themselves.

“I felt really bad for someone who is swimming in so much hate. I just thought, that’s someone who’s in a really bad spot, and I am in such a happy spot. I laugh my head off every day with my husband and my kids who are mooning me and singing me songs.”

“Had this occurred when I was 20 it may have crushed me. But now, as a mother raising two young daughters in a strange epidemic of body image and body dysmorphia, articles like that just add to all those younger girls, that are not in a place in their life where they can say, ‘That doesn’t reflect on me.’ ”

It is accomplished women like Melissa McCarthy who can be a messenger to young women in the world struggling with body image issues, confidence, self-esteem etc. It’s easy to point the finger and falter when someone says an unkind word. In fact, even comparing ourselves to other women constantly is also detrimental and only does us damage.

We can all take a lesson from this situation. People are going to be idiots and say mean and hurtful things to us in life. It’s a given. The catalyst will be how we deal with it and whether we choose to let it affect us, or stay focused on our own lives and what we need to accomplish.

Melissa McCarthy will always be known for her funny, intriguing, loveable, cringe-worthy lead roles hosting SNL, on Gilmore Girls, Mike and Molly, Bridesmaids, and now The Heat. Rex Reed’s name might come up in a google search ever now and then and tie him to a negative press review he once wrote slamming a successful actress about her physical appearance. Having weighed that up, it’s no wonder Melissa chose to laugh it off and give it the most miniscule amount of energy and attention. Bravo McCarthy!

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