This is one of the more tedious and frustrating celeb tiffs out there. Rex Reed said really mean things about Melissa McCarthy‘s body a while ago. She didn’t respond at first. She finally did, expressing pity for him. He wasn’t going to let that go, so he responded, and tried to make it sound like his whole critique of her body, which was hidden inside of a film review, as if calling her “a female hippo” like he did had anything to do with her performance, was out of kindness and concern for her health, and the health of all fat people. US Weekly has the sad exclusive:
I can only repeat what I have said before — that I do not have, nor have I ever had, anything personal against people who suffer from obesity. What I object to is the disgusting attempt to pretend obesity is funny. It is not remotely humorous, and every obese comedian who ever made jokes about the disease are now dead from strokes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. As a critic whose opinions are constitutionally protected by law, I stand by all of my original remarks about Melissa McCarthy’s obesity, which I consider about as amusing as cancer, and apologize for nothing.
Does this make any sense to anyone? His statement reminds me of this:
It’s like he’s really trying to focus on a bigger issue as if it makes him sound like some great activist when really he’s a bitter dude who cruelly insulted a woman for no real reason. Some people do not know how to apologize.