Melissa McCarthy was on the cover of Elle magazine in ghastly 1980′s Elizabeth Taylor hair. Other than that, she looked rather lovely, except a lot of people thought she was being “fat shamed” because she was covered up in a large overcoat. But Ms. McCarthy wanted the coat. She doesn’t get the fuss and she explains how the shoot went down. From E! News via E Online:
What I found so bizarre is I picked the coat. I grabbed the coat. I covered up. I had a great black dress on but I thought, it comes out in November. I was so sick of summer. I live in Southern California. I was like, ‘Give me a big coat to wear. Give the girl some cashmere!’
I picked the coat. They were like, ‘The dress is really great,’ but I was like, ‘Yeah, but look at this.’ I was just shocked I didn’t steal it. Now I think I really should have the coat. I’m petitioning for that coat. Give me that coat. I earned it, damn it!
Got it, everyone? She picked the coat. She loves the coat. She loves the cover.
Hopefully this will end COATGATE 2013.
October 22, 2013 at 4:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
People are apparently flipping out over Melissa McCarthy‘s Elle magazine cover — and not in a good way. God forbid you put a heavy (by Hollywood standards) woman in an overcoat on a fashion magazine cover. The issue (no pun intended) appears to be that she’s covered up. People are saying the magazine is “fat shaming” her. Here’s more from E Online:
… while the 43-year-old actress undoubtedly looks stunning in the shot, critics are slamming Elle for covering up the curvy actress, who’s barely showing any skin while bundled up in a charcoal Marina Rinaldi coat.
Alternate covers for the annual issue feature Reese Witherspoon showing off her figure in a fitted black Versace dress, Shailene Woodley wearing a strappy black swimsuit and Penélope Cruz flaunting her flawless face in a close-up shot. (For the record, Cruz, who just recently gave birth to her second child, isn’t showing any skin, either.)
Both Elle and Ms. McCarthy are happy with the cover.
I, for one, am displeased with the cover because holy hell, what in the everloving f-ck did they do to her hair?? It’s like they picked Elizabeth Taylor‘s worst era and used that as inspiration.
What do you think of the cover? Do you like it? Or are you being a total Rex Reed about it?
October 17, 2013 at 4:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
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.
June 22, 2013 at 10:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
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.
June 14, 2013 at 5:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
As for last week’s Mike Tyson photo, here’s the winner below:
Winner: Jocelyn with “When you hold Mike Tyson to your ear, you can hear the WINNING!”
Runners-up: nicole peach with “You is ear-isistable, Chuckles my man!”
xyz with “Still hungry after all these ears”
So come on guys, get captioning on this week’s photo!
April 23, 2013 at 10:10 am by Jennifer
You might think that raging asshole Rex Reed would apologise for his hateful comments against Melissa McCarthy - you know, calling her a “female hippo”, “tractor-sized” etc. – once he finished his course at Rude Dude University and went back to life in the real world, right? That a human being couldn’t be that overtly awful, be continuously called out for it and not realise the error of his ways, yeah?
No, instead The Man Named After a Dinosaur stands by his bullshit, claiming that his comments were based more on health reasons than being a bastard – after all, Melissa McCarthy’s entire career is based on her abhorent fatness rather than the fact that she’s actually a hilarious comedy actress with a solid background in improv who has probably developed a defense mechanism against a society that has an attitude of disgust and vitriol towards overweight people. You know, laugh about it yourself so that it doesn’t bother you so much when other people are doing it.
Sigh, whatever. From an interview on WOR-AM (via DigitalSpy):
“I object to using health issues like obesity as comedy talking points. That’s what this girl does, this Melissa. I have too many friends that have died of obesity-related illnesses, heart problems and diabetes… I don’t find this to be the subject of a lot of humor.”
He added: “Don’t make me a villain, [McCarthy] is crying all the way to the bank.”
He also said that McCarthy has remained “completely classy” for staying silent on the incident.
First of all, what kind of backhanded compliment is it to applaud someone for sitting there and taking a massive dose of verbal abuse from anyone, let alone some bigoted journalist who himself looks like he’s about an “I’ll take the stairs” away from a heart attack himself? Melissa McCarthy is completely classy for plenty of reasons – and yes, ignoring your stupid ass rather than sinking to your level is one of those – but she certainly doesn’t need validation from the likes of you.