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Film critic calls Melissa McCarthy "tractor-sized," "humongous," "female hippo"

Rex Reed uses his review of "Identity Thief" to bully Mellissa McCarthy for her weight

 
You don't like the movie, Rex Reed? FINE. Review the film. That's your job. But using your professional platform to bully and humiliate the star because you think it's gross that she's overweight? Calling her "tractor-sized," "humongous," and "a female hippo?" Disgraceful.

I wrote the following to the editor of the New York Observer. If you would also like to write the editor, you can send your thoughts to them via email: editorial@observer.com

Subject: "Tractor-sized?" "Humongous?" "Female hippo?"

Dear Editor,

How unfortunate to start my weekend by reading Rex Reed's verbal assault of Melissa McCarthy in his review of "Identity Thief." In fact, it was less a criticism of the movie than it
was an expression of his own dismay that one of the film's stars happens to be a fat woman.

As my friends and I observed, we can think of few, if any, examples of critics heaping similar insults upon actors such as Chris Farley, John Goodman, Jack Black, John Candy, Jackie Gleason, John Belushi, and Kevin James. There's an inexhaustible supply of overweight actors whose weight is overlooked, or even celebrated. But God help us all if a talented, hilarious woman, who happens to be fat, makes a movie. And even worse, people like her! She's successful! Stop the presses!

I'm appalled that any editor would allow Rex Reed to use his column to humiliate an actor because of her weight. There is no journalistic integrity in using one's professional platform to be an abusive bully.

There seems to be no end to the media's willingness to find new ways to make women feel inferior, unattractive, and insecure. Congratulations and stay classy.

Chris Wells


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