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Melissa McCarthy Pities Rex Reed

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Melissa McCarthy finally responded to some horrid statements film critic Rex Reed made about her –specifically her body — in February. Here’s a sample of his “film review”:

Melissa McCarthy is a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious.

He also called her “tractor-sized” and “a female hippo.” (At least he said female, right? Thanks for specifying, Rex.) He then went on to defend his statements. He tried to make it seem like he was talking about a greater issue, the obesity epidemic, and then praised Ms. McCarthy as “completely classy” for not responding to his statements.

Well gear up your insults, Mr. Reed, because she’s decided she’s ready to say something, and it’s a lot nicer than anything you’ve said about her.

From The New York Times, via The Daily Mail:

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.

Like most of us, she wondered how his comments even made it into print, asking, “Why would someone O.K. that?” She added that 20 years ago, his words could have had a huge impact:

It may have crushed me. It’s a strange epidemic of body image and body dysmorphia.

Melissa McCarthy’s career is doing as well as ever. She’s starring in a movie with Sandra Bullock, The Heat. And executives must think she’s a big enough name to go alongside her Oscar winner costar in ads that say simply, “BULLOCK. McCARTHY. JULY 31”. I’ve seen these ads on buses and I have to admit, when I see the name “McCarthy”, I still think Jenny.

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  • She’s really too obviously fat to not be mistaken as obese.. sure she can act sassy and comedic but why does she think her character in the film not used as the FAT ONE .. make fun of it.. the whole reason why she is hired.. Very unhealthy and sad, stop eating soo much junk, feeling bad and sick all the time.. just hire a trainer and dietitian to loose some chunk girl..

  • Bad ass chick. So the hell what if she has extra pounds. Clearly it doesn’t affect her ability to act or be believable as a character.