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Critic Reviews Melissa McCarthy’s New Film By Calling Her Fat


Perhaps it’s time for some critics to go back to school. Why? Because they’re giving other critics a bad name by not understanding the job. The latest perpetrator is New York Observer’s Rex Reed, who decided he might as well comment on Melissa McCarthy’s weight in his review of Identity Thief because…because…nope, sorry, can’t think of a single reason. 

If you feel like reading the entire review, you can do so here, but I’m going to highlight the offending parts here and I’d suggest not giving them the added pageviews. Reed begins his review by saying, “How many ways can a grown person waste valuable time and lose vital I.Q. points at the same time? If you’re a movie critic, the possibilities are unlimited. And they all come together in a new chunk of junk called Identity Thief.”

Ok, so he doesn’t like the movie. Honestly, I didn’t think the trailers made it look that great myself, but where Reed goes from there is the issue. He describes McCarthy’s character as a thief then adds in parenthesis, ”cacophonous, tractor-sized Melissa McCarthy,” to describe the actress herself. Wow. Really? Was mentioning her weight, and mentioning it in a ridiculously insulting way, necessary? No. Of course not. But that didn’t stop Reed from continuing on that course with a follow-up description of the character as “a screeching, humongous creep.”

Wait, he’s not done.

Yet again, Reed takes the opportunity to needlessly describe McCarthy as a “female hippo” while neglecting to make any anatomical comment on her co-star Jason Bateman. Oh wait, yes he does. Reed writes, “Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) is a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success. Poor Jason Bateman. How did an actor so charming, talented, attractive and versatile get stuck in so much dreck?”

As you can imagine, tons of people, both inside Hollywood and out, came to McCarthy’s defense (because she’s an awesome person). Film critic Jackon Murphy said the “review is just wrong. #1 Rule – no personal attacks.” He’s only 14-years-old and he’s leaps and bounds wiser than the 74-year-old Reed. In the comments on the review itself, Facebook user Charlene Naomi Eldon also had some choice words:

Look, from what I can tell, you’re calling it like you see it- yes, Melissa McCarthy is overweight and plays obnoxious characters. However, I’d like you to look at her male counterparts and ask yourself which of them has ever brought you to such hostility before. Jonah Hill, Seth Rogan, Jason Sudeikis- the list of overweight and unattractive men who are cast in wildly popular comedic roles goes on. This is because as a culture, we can tolerate an ugly man as long as he’s funny, but a woman has to be both attractive and talented (in that order) to be deemed worthy of a leading role. Check yourself, Mr. Reed- you’re part of the problem.

In this instance, I’m reminded of when author Bret Easton Ellis asserted Kathryn Bigelow was only getting attention for her work because she’s attractive. So basically, no matter what you look like, if you’re a woman in Hollywood, you’re fucked. Some people will always believe a woman got to where she is in life because of her looks, not her talent. But that apparently applies whether you’re traditionally attractive or not.

This is not the first time we’ve seen a film/television critic critiquing something other than the topic at hand though. The New York Times has insulted the viewers of HBO’s Game of Thrones not once but twice, while “reviewing” the show itself. So what gives?

Many see these types of articles as “trolling” or “baiting,” purposely saying something offensive in order to get attention. But we can’t assume that and honestly, I think it gives some people too much credit. To me, Reed’s piece reads as someone who’s extremely angry that a woman has become successful despite his feeling that because he finds her unattractive, she shouldn’t be. And instead of reviewing a film and its actors by performance alone, he vomited his vitriol all over the internet for everyone to see. Since when did movie or television reviews become about something other than the production? By the way, Identity Thief took the number one spot at the box office this weekend with $36.6 million.

It’s ok to not find McCarthy funny, there are plenty of comedians out there I don’t care for, but what is the point of insulting her appearance? At all, but especially in a review of a film. It says nothing about her performance and says everything about Reed as a person. He thinks McCarthy isn’t up to snuff in the looks department? Well, I think he isn’t up to snuff in the movie critics department. Because…because…frankly, Reed, you’re doing it wrong.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

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  • http://twitter.com/Deggsy Deggsy

    Rex Reed is past his prime, and knows it, so he tries to cling onto his past fame by ditching the reasoned, seasoned persona and aiming for the over the top hyperbolic personality, shock jocking it “for the kids” but really only making himself look like an obnoxious moron (dig up his racist review of the 2005 Korean film Oldboy. Or rather, don’t)

  • Allison Haley

    If anyone says Melissa only plays obnoxious characters all they need to do is go and look at her role in Gilmore Girls. She was the sweetest caring person in that role and she played it beautifully.

  • Null

    I never quite got this whole ‘the movie sucks because the person is fat/evil/whatever’. Isn’t that argument ad hominem?

  • http://twitter.com/DisposableTea Bronson O’Quinn

    Great article! I assumed this would only be about a critic insulting McCarthy, but you’ve shined (shone?) a light on a serious problem facing the world of criticism. It almost makes me wonder how many people actually read reviews anymore or if they just check the Rotten Tomatoes score.

  • Dryad

    I wonder if he’ll go for “but, but, but, I’m just concerned about her health!”, because goodness knows fat people must be informed they’re fat, since they probably haven’t noticed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ImCrystalLynn Crystal Lynn

    I don’t often find such films as Bridesmaids funny, and I’ve not seen Melissa McCarthy in much else, but I agree that it is unprofessional and appalling to critique someone’s weight and looks over their performance. I am reminded of the newscaster who received an email criticizing her weight, and the NYC Ballet performer who was called fat by a critic. As a woman with her own struggle with weight, I can sympathize when appearance seems to be a more deciding factor than competence. I can only hope Melissa McCarthy will set a good example when addressing this idiotic review in the media.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ashe.samuels Ashe P. Samuels

    Women aren’t allowed to be fat, because that’s ‘horrible’, ‘ugly’, ‘not worth watching’. Women aren’t allowed to be thin, because that’s ‘their true appeal’ and ‘shallow’. Women aren’t allowed to be muscular, because that’s ‘gross’.

    Women aren’t allowed to do fucking anything.

    Except make this guy cry at his keyboard and call it a review. That’s not too bad, actually.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ashe.samuels Ashe P. Samuels

    Women aren’t allowed to be fat, because that’s ‘horrible’, ‘ugly’, ‘not worth watching’. Women aren’t allowed to be thin, because that’s ‘their true appeal’ and ‘shallow’. Women aren’t allowed to be muscular, because that’s ‘gross’.

    Women aren’t allowed to do fucking anything.

    Except make this guy cry at his keyboard and call it a review. That’s not too bad, actually.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=525660732 Jessica Dwyer

    I’ve actually been working on an essay that targets this very issue. Its genesis is from the fact that you’ll never see a heavyset woman in a romantic comedy get a so called “hot guy” (I can probably name 3, one of them is Hairspray.) But along comes films like Knocked Up etc. and nearly all of them have an overweight/normal/dorky type of guy getting what is considered the insanely hot chicks interest.

    It gets old and it gets stupid…much like Rex Reed apparently.

    My issue with McCarthy is that I just didn’t find her that funny in Bridesmaids, but she seems like an awesome and talented person. She’s also adorable. So in closing, kiss my size 16 ass Rex Reed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/greenduckiesgirl Dana Marie Vittum

    I love Melissa McCarthy. I think she’s hilarious and a fabulous actress. And I want to see Identity Thief because it’s starring two of my favorite actors. As an obese woman, it is really nice for me to see actresses that are not twigs. I love watching Mike and Molly because her character is beautiful, generous, sweet, and loving and the show is not all about “Hey, let’s pick on the fat people.”

  • http://twitter.com/GetExiled Exiled In Geeksville

    That was a part she deserved an emmy for

  • http://twitter.com/SarahJoSmiley Sarah M

    That sounds like a really interesting topic for an essay and I’d be fascinated to read it.

  • Patrick

    It is terrible that women need to be attractive first in order to be deemed talented, like you stated. Even as a 30 year old male, my short height is often ridiculed in even the most professional settings. Critics like this are keeping the emphasis of looks alive and still plaguing. The “It gets better” campaign isn’t true. That type of victimization just evolves into a different animal.

  • Anonymous

    Being of an age to remember when Rex Reed was relevant, I can say with a reasonable degree of accuracy that he’s always been like this. Women are not his favourite people. (Not excusing his behaviour, just noting that insults and snarkiness have traditionally been a prime feature of his review style.)

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for this article. Not sure what other comment I can make that hasn’t already been stated, except I LOVED Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids!!

  • http://twitter.com/JMCanuck Jim

    I am completely and utterly shocked: Rex Reed is still ALIVE? As for his relevance, that died in… when? 1983?

  • FireHawk

    Melissa McCarthy is absolutely hilarious in Bridesmaids – by far the funniest character in a decently funny movie. I plan on seeing Identity Thief just because she’s in it. The question is – would Rex Reed have called out any of the numerous men who use their weight to sell their comedic roles? We can all name a half-dozen funny fat guys off the top of our head, and I can’t think of a single review that critiques those movies based on their weight. She’s funny and I hope she doesn’t give a damn about what Red Reed has to say.
    Oh, and let’s just say it is kinda awesome to see comedy from someone who doesn’t fit in a size 6 dress. The world doesn’t look like the average rom-com and I think the variety makes the movie more engaging.

  • http://twitter.com/ChannelDiza Chanel Diaz

    Oh, in life, where we ‘extra (Sexist language)’ criticize woman for all the ‘wrong’ they do.

    I’m glad she’s getting support. Though, I might add one more “food for thought” considering the, “(because she’s an awesome person).” For certain people who some people might not find them as an “awesome person,” I wonder if the people who are defending women like Melissa McCarthy to not be ‘judged’ for her looks, especially when it’s not relevant, ever think about doing the same when they meet certain women they ‘dislike.’

    Being a ‘Food Network’ viewer, I remember some controversy that was “juicy” enough to appear on ‘Yahoo (home of the some of the world’s most BACKWORDS comments)’ as an article about Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa) about her “denying” a boy, who was a child under cancer, about his ‘wish’ to meet her and when he only got ‘refusals’ from her ‘representatives’ because they said she was too ‘busy’ to fulfill it. Even though there was not much information on the story and at the time, it seemed like Garten might’ve not even be aware of such an event (later that’s what she would say, too). But, because people on the internet like to “trash talk” and speculate the worst, it was like the whole public suddenly became in charge with the “smear campaign” against her and rode on ‘easy’ insults against her ‘looks’ and ‘weight’ with no shame and fear for committing and perpetuating the same sexism used against ‘every kind’ of female (like McCarthy), when they should’ve just criticized her “refusal,” at most, in the first place (Though, to me, people should get PROOF that certain people are EVIL before commenting that, in the first place!). She later agreed to fulfill that boy’s wish, but who’s willing to bet, it was mostly just not to be seen as an “evil, fat, whale, cow, etc.” the public was making her seem like. The public doesn’t even give her chance to be ‘sincere’ and reveal herself as kind, indifferent, or evil. She really could’ve been unaware of it or busy or both, it’s not like she insulted the boy.

    Ironically, rich, famous, or not, I wonder just how many of those same “trash talking, sexist” commentators would be, if they don’t already, willing to spend a lot of their “valuable” time, considering they’re ‘busy’ people like Garten, ‘caring’ for ‘every single’ child under cancer, since there’s quite enough of them to take a lot time to spend with, if their work (Not counting their “necessary” playtime) schedule? I’m willing to bet a lot of them are Hypocrites.

    People always seemed to use women’s ‘physical appearance’ a lot more to “beat” them in an argument or as “proof” they’re indecent beings than for men or that it’s just so much ‘easier’ to insult women for their looks because of how much beauty women have to make up for in comparison to men. I admit, I used to be ‘one’ of those kind of people, but stopped because I realized that it hurts my chances in life to be judged fairly and equally just as much as I did to them when I continue the sexist practice of biased judgement of appearance against females and males (yes, this affects males, too, though not as badly from my experience).

  • http://twitter.com/Super_Widget Joanna

    Probably about time this dude retired. He obviously can’t write a decent review in his old age.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=525660732 Jessica Dwyer

    I need to finish it up, but I’ll for certain post it :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/anatasia.beaverhousen.7 Anatasia Beaverhousen

    I’m truly convinced at this stage that the size of women is purely a Hollywood obsession. In Britain the overwhelming majority of our best female comedians are either overweight (slightly), overweight (a chunk) or overweight (obese) with a small minority of them being a normal weight or under for their age and height.

    Jo Brand, Victoria Wood, Miranda Hart, Sarah Millican, Jennifer Saunders – to name but a few of the best. When I see reviews of their stuff from British critics, their weight never comes into it (unless they themselves call attention to it), they are always judged on the quality of their performance.

    Dawn French, possibly the most beloved comedian/actress in England has always been overweight and she is held in the most high regard by the nation. Once Jerry Springer was the guest host of a topical news quiz show called Have I Got News For You, and he made a joke about the Queen and the audience laughed, then he made a joke about Dawn French and the audience suddenly got very angry about it. One of the regular panellists put it best when he told Springer “You can say what you like about the Queen, but don’t mess with Dawn.”

    I really love and admire Melissa McCarthy. While some of the films she’s in like Bridesmaids really aren’t to my taste, I loved her in Gilmore Girls and some of the other things she’s been in. I really hope that this critic can use this incident as a lesson in appreciating a performer for what they do, rather than how they look, because if he doesn’t learn anything from it, it would be a real shame.

  • Life Lessons

    I was going to post something but Deggsy (below) said it best so I shall quote him: “Rex Reed is past his prime, and knows it, so he tries to cling onto his past fame by ditching the reasoned, seasoned persona and aiming for the over the top hyperbolic personality, shock jocking it “for the kids” but really only making himself look like an obnoxious moron (dig up his racist review of the 2005 Korean film Oldboy. Or rather, don’t)” Thanks Deggsy .

    I must also say that I can’t wait to see this movie because Melissa McCarthy has this brilliant comic delivery, facial expressions, oh goodness that woman just makes me laugh! I adore her.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dana-Kay-Bach/1043956249 Dana Kay Bach

    No one hesitated to call Chris Farley or John Belushi fat in their days as comics. It was part of their shtick, and everyone laughed and didn’t get wrapped up in pc indignity. Now, a comedienne is trying to sail those same waters and everyone is up in arms over someone making an observation. Either start getting pissed about people calling Seth Rogan, Zach Galifinakis, Jonah Hill, and Patton Oswalt fat, or shut up. Equality goes both ways people.

  • Kol Drake

    Rex Reed has been a hack movie critic for decades. Can not believe he’s still got a job doing reviews.

  • Anonymous

    Here’s what I don’t understand… I think Melissa McCarthy is BEAUTIFUL. I mean besides her obvious talent in creating memorable and hilarious characters. I just don’t get it…

  • Anthony Strand

    Speaking of GG, Reed’s assertion that she’s had a “short career” is just as absurd. She was a regular on a hit show that started 13 years ago!

  • jedi_penguin

    I just googled “Rex Reed terrible person” and came up with a full page of hits and they WEREN’T all from this week.

  • Anonymous

    This isn’t surprising to me at all. As our media becomes increasingly politically correct it seems that an individuals’ weight is the last thing considered fair game for ridicule.

  • http://twitter.com/TechnoMistress Lisa Liscoumb

    Count me in the club that would like to read it as well.

  • http://twitter.com/realheatherlynn The Real HeatherLynn

    My issue with Mellisa McCarthy is that in Bridesmaids and now this, she finds top billing playing an overly unattractive woman – i.e. that the movie producers have made her incredibly unattractive as what seems to be a major tenet of her personality – and I feel that that’s as much a bias as anything else. With women in general it seems you can either be pretty or funny, but it seems especially true with overweight women – because you’re fat you have to also seem really gross and/or ugly, especially if you’re playing a majorly comedic role that’s usually only played by men and it really, REALLY irks me.

  • Brian

    I’m a bit taken aback by the commenter who called Jason Sudeikis overweight and unattractive. They must be thinking of someone else. As for Rex Reed, I have to constantly remind myself that he’s not just some character they made up on The Critic to make fun of hacky, sellout film critics. And he never fails to be stupider than his cartoon parody.

  • Brian

    Find a review of Tommy Boy that calls Farley “cacophonous and tractor-sized” or “a male hippo”, and we’ll talk. Heck, you can even include Black Sheep.

  • Brian

    Really, two of them could be Hairspray.

  • Anonymous

    That’s pretty common in sitcoms, too, esp. animated – Homer and Marge, Fred and Wilma, Peter and Lois….

  • shan

    I realise that the whole point of this article is about how McCartney should be judged on her performance and not her appearance, so I know I’m going way off topic here, but am I the only one who thinks she’s as attractive as hell? Not just in a “pretty for a bigger woman” way but in a “damn, you look fine!” way. Since when does being overweight and being good looking have to be mutually exclusive?

  • http://www.facebook.com/ctlambeth08 Tarra Cash-Lambeth

    I have been watching Melissa since Gil more Girls….she gives inspiration to those of us that are not blessed with the toothpick body. She is a beautiful woman with full figure curves and shows a lot of self-confidence. She should be proud of what she has accomplished and not let the small minded pin heads who have nothing better to do then critisize those who are above them in every way. And opinions are like a**holes, everyone has one. Again, she is funny, beautiful, talented, and is such a great role model. Look at what these women have to go through to look like the “American woman”. How many end up sick or doing drugs to keep them thin. Not all, but some of the ones that our daughters look up to. And from the looks of this critic, he could stand to lose some pounds.

  • http://twitter.com/mildeabandon Eudora Quilt

    That’s what I find refreshing about Dunham’s Girls – her character Hannah and Adam were rather equally matched in the looks department, but this season she going to land some guys who would be widely considered more conventionally attractive than her (eg. Donald Glover).

  • http://twitter.com/tvjedi Wendy Fox Weber

    Thanks! Just thanks.

  • Rafael Ortiz

    Sounds like more of the same from Critics about women they think don’t fulfill society’s standards. Much like what happens with Girls. It’s sad and pathetic criticism. It’s a comedy. Is it funny? what does her weight have to do with it? I’m Sure Ms. McCarthy is fully aware of her weight and doubt she needs the likes of Rex Reed to point it out. Just another reason why I don’t read Movie Reviews anymore.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ashe.samuels Ashe P. Samuels

    About time someone came in and started complaining about political correctness. We need at least one prick who doesn’t give a shit about how people feel or how the media affects public perception.

    The thread is now complete!

  • http://technicalluddite.com/ Hannele Kormano

    I do love the moment when she steals ALL THE PUPPIES.

  • Anonymous

    Rex Reed should be fired, there’s no way around it.
    At 74, I’m assuming he’s earned a lot more room from his bosses. They probably think it would be sad to fire somebody of this age, that he deserves another chance… Well, boohoo! You can’t say sh#t like that. If they fire him now, Reed is the bad apple in the tree but if they keep him, that’s the whole industry that looks backward.

  • http://twitter.com/sarasakana Sara Sakana

    Cool story, bro.

  • http://twitter.com/BarbiturateCat Cat ⚓ Smile

    Seriously, Sudeikis might not be super ripped, but he’s definitely nowhere near “overweight”. Also, UNF UNF, definitely not unattractive.

  • Patrick

    Glad you liked it.

  • mickeym

    One of your paid distribution links under this article is “10 diet drinks skinny women love to sip” from totalbeauty.com. PLEASE discontinue this sponsorship.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dana-Kay-Bach/1043956249 Dana Kay Bach

    Look, I care about my family’s feelings getting hurt. I care about how people view me. The issue I have is that I feel that this is getting a great deal of attention because she is a woman being called fat. THE WOMAN IS FAT. I am fat, I am far over what my BMI should be. I work daily to help shape my body, and I don’t like being told that I am fat, but I am. The woman makes jokes at her own expense about her weight in the trailer, so I can only imagine this continues through the movie. Go look at the reviews for Tommy Boy on Rotten Tomatoes. Chris Farley’s weight is mentioned more than once. He chose to act in the movie, he chose to make those jokes. McCarthy chose to act in this movie, obviously was okay with the jabs being thrown at her, and is okay with being paid to make those jokes. The critic was unfairly mean, that I agree with. But even in the more positive reviews it’s mentioned that she “pound for pound” is the funniest woman in comedy.

    She has made her bones on her weight, and how she can use it as a tool of comedy. Are we going to start getting upset when blondes make blonde jokes too? It’s not like she was forced at gunpoint to make this movie.

  • Tat

    Reed really is that old man who just sits on his porch screaming at “those damn kids!”

    If I remember correctly he gave a negative review of the Avengers (or one of the summer superhero movies) where all he talked about how worthless the genre was the whole time. I get the man doesn’t like superheros, or apparently Melissa McCarthy, but he really needs to stop just watching the trailer and ranting about stuff he doesn’t like. Or better yet, people need to stop paying him for “reviewing” movies.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ashe.samuels Ashe P. Samuels

    ‘Political correctness’ is a term touted by the average jackass to undermine/dismiss efforts to respect people with regards to how they want to be treated/called. You use it, I’m likely to assume you’re an average jackass.

    Sure, men are made fun of for being fat, too. The difference? Fat men are still a lot more likely to have movies made about them; centralized about how funny they are, how deep they are, how sweet they are. There’s an uneven balance here. Fat women are made fun of, frequently, and don’t get nearly the amount of attention (or money) fat men do.

    Also, I’m not really following on your logic of ‘they made those jokes at themselves, so they should be fine with everyone else doing it!’. There’s a big difference between someone who’s fat making jabs at themselves, and someone who isn’t doing the same. Just like there’s a difference between a gay man making a jab at his sexuality, and a straight man doing the same. Or a black person taking a few stabs at his race, then a white person turning around and doing it.

    Power dynamics. Privilege. Coping mechanisms. There’s way too much at play here to simply reduce it to ‘well, she did it, so everyone else can too’.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1272729132 Sara Green Williams

    The “so charming, talented, attractive and versatile” Jason Bateman got “stuck in so much dreck” because he produced the movie. No one to blame but his own self.

    And even if the movie is terrible, Melissa McCarthy is incredibly talented and lovely and can kick some serious ass.

  • http://www.facebook.com/katharine.tapley Katharine Ellis Tapley

    Actually, Jessica…you’ll never see a heavyset WHITE woman get the hot guy. I remember watching “Beauty Shop” and loving that a. plus-sized woman was getting the hot guy and b. no one in the movie mentioned her size as if it mattered because it TOTALLY DOESN’T MATTER! If that movie had been made with a white cast, it would not have been the same.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dana-Kay-Bach/1043956249 Dana Kay Bach

    Your points are well thought out and I appreciate it. For some reason, this issue bothers me more than I can articulate. I agree with most everything you’re saying, and at the same time, I’m still frustrated by this issue.
    I guess I simply feel that we as a society are getting so wrapped up in making sure everyone feels special, that we are fostering a sense of mediocrity being ok in the next generation.
    I guess my dislike of this movie in particular is coloring my response to some degree. I also saw the preview for the movie she is doing with Sandra Bullock this weekend and didn’t like it either. I probably should have kept my mouth shut since I can’t properly express why this bothers me so badly.
    If I offended, I apologize.

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    This is an issue but its not an issue WITH Melissa McCarthy, as it is an issue WITH the industry. I don’t judge McCarthy for playing roles that play into stereotypes, because they are likely all she is offered.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ashe.samuels Ashe P. Samuels

    This issue hits close to home for you, so I can understand you being upset.

    Really, I don’t see the problem in a society going out of its way to honor and respect people of all shapes and sizes-’feeling special’ is nothing to throw vitriol over, particularly since we, as a society, aren’t even CLOSE to that yet. We are way too wrapped up insulting, excluding, mocking, abusing, erasing, misleading, etc.

    Everything but making people feel good about themselves.

  • http://twitter.com/ChannelDiza Chanel Diaz

    Speaking of the imbalance of the way fat men and fat women are to treated. Not saying I’m much of a fan of the show for all the CONS ‘outweighing’ the PROS (Sure, have a “Pro-Choice” episode but then another about a female Newswoman losing her job to a ‘younger’ woman by her Co-Newsman. And then kill her off without even solving the sexist bias issue that was brought up in the episode.), but I’ve noticed, to my discontent, how every, or at least, a lot of cast members (males and even FEMALES) seem to be so much ‘harsher’ towards overweight/obese females? There’s a lot of double-standards to the show other than that, like sometimes Lois comes off as someone who’d have a female fetus abortion like in India because in the show she’s constantly suggested to love her boys more (even though they treat her more like crap than Megan’s ever done) and sacrifice her for the other family members, if given the chance (“Breaking Out is Hard to Do”).

    Episodes “And Then There Were Fewer” and “Love Blactually (“Blactually” may be racist and I this episode has “slut-shaming, too.”)” come to mind.

  • Null

    Makes sense female comedians would be unattractive. Male comedians are usually short and on the dorky side–ie, unattractive. Sexy people don’t have to develop humor as a way of getting attention.

  • Anonymous

    They can’t help themselves…they think by denigrating women’s appearance that somehow it will negate their performance. You know. KEEP THEM IN LINE. Think ‘fat butt’ ‘pantsuits!’ etc. etc. They just make themselves look small.

  • http://truth-and-opinion.dyndns-blog.com/ The Peripatetic Apostate

    Being obese is a choice, people. It’s not at all like being black, woman, or gay (on the latter, it is now widely held that it is not a choice).

    Casting directors for films actually do factor in the looks and not merely the expressive behavioral talents (theatrics?) of the artist. McCarthy both loses out and gains advantage on roles for her being a woman of a certain age and corpulence. She also must endure the knocks that go with it. And Rex Reed has been outrageously undiplomatic his entire life: fortunately he can take it as well as dish it out. Try to contend with him by being more witty than he is, for his outrages are deliberately considered.

    The nation is beset by an obesity epidemic, brought on in part by the consumption of processed foods that are variations mostly on HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) and caramelized sucrose with a little bit of salt to up the sodium for hypertension and Red Dye No. 8 just to make sure it all metastasizes. Combine that with the new sedentary lifestyle of holding some electronic device in hand in order to be perpetually connected to the Internet and tweet the latest news of some abdominal noise your body made.

    I never thought I would ever say this, but I believe the Amish are now living better than us all. I think we should adopt the Mediterranean (Turkish) diet, and start living once again the 17th century.

  • Anonymous

    Is being a moron a choice? Is being a world-class piano player just a choice? How ’bout a really good poker player, or sprinter, or neurosurgeon? Are they all choices or do other factors contribute as well? There are a lot of factors that go into an individual being obese. Choice is certainly part of it, but choosing not to be obese is not a guarantee they won’t be obese.

  • Anonymous

    Enough of this BS political correctness. Melissa McCarthy, I hate to break it to you guys, IS FAT. She makes $$$$$ off being fat. No one knew who she was when she was on Gilmore Girls. Her career took off both on her comedy and especially on Bridesmaids, when she rose her SHORT STUBBY LEG to put her foot on the wall in a “SEXY” pose… using her FATNESS to CREATE COMEDY.

    Is she talented? Absolutely!

    Would anyone be talking about her right now or seeing her in a hit comedy movie were it not for her size? Absolutely not!! Her fatness is integral to her comedy.

    So now we must keep quiet about her size when she’s created commerce from it? Absurd.

    Rex Reed is right that she has put her obnoxious comedy persona and girth to profit. The other comments… “hippo” etc…. describe her character… which includes how she uses her weight in scenes to be funny.

    If she were some svelte thin hot blonde, no one would be talking about this movie. It’s only funny because she can physically go toe-to-toe with Jason Bateman and barely fits in a small car.

    Get over this PC shit. It’s ridiculous and a disservice to truth.

  • Anonymous

    Reed, being the girly man he is, was just having a hissy fit.

  • Anonymous

    Rex Reed .a nasty little shit, third rate reviewer and alleged ShopLifter! who cried innocence when he got caught………….heh heh heh!!

  • http://twitter.com/Loerwyn Kathryn

    Actually, they do. I refer you to popular British comedy The Vicar of Dibley.

  • Anonymous

    Melissa is a hilarious comedic actress, I love her on the sitcom and in bridesmaid, two completely different characters. I do wish she’d lose weight for her own health, but that’s because she plays her characters with such a strong humanity.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chi.wright Chi Wright

    I get that this is a blog, not a newspaper, and that this is a feminist’s response to the insulting of a woman. Regardless, though, it is tacky and offputting to use such vulgar language in an article that you expect to be taken seriously.

  • http://www.facebook.com/greenduckiesgirl Dana Marie Vittum

    That was so much fun! And I loved that the flight marshal is her real-life husband. I enjoyed that movie so much more just because of her.

  • http://www.facebook.com/greenduckiesgirl Dana Marie Vittum

    One of the many reasons why I’m a straight ally is because I was bullied as a teen for my weight. No one should be bullied for whatever reason. I have never understood why people are mocked for their differences instead of celebrated for their uniqueness.

  • http://www.facebook.com/winter.crawley Dara Crawley

    That is what ticked me off the most in his review. He knows absolutely nothing about her or the roles she has played. He is terrible at fact checking and reviewing

  • http://www.facebook.com/winter.crawley Dara Crawley

    That show is the best show.

    and I think it’s also culture norms. In “Beauty Shop” there’s a thing about black american culture. It’s accepted that black women are curvy, it’s an expectation even. I’m not sure that’s right either.

  • Anonymous

    The fact that plus-sized women don’t appear in Romantic movies as the main love interest with a “hot guy” may have something to do with how rare it happens in real life. I have to note that I have never seen any “hot guys” with enormous sized women. I have however seen many men who looked like they were beaten with an ugly stick but somehow managed to find very attractive wives/girlfriends. I know my anecdotal evidence isn’t proof but I have found this to be generally true. Perhaps women don’t care as much about the attractiveness of their man as men do about their women.

  • http://www.facebook.com/winter.crawley Dara Crawley

    I actually liked her in Bridesmaids…it wasn’t even about her weight. To me I read it as her being the only sister in a house of brothers, as well as being a person with zero care for nonsense. I don’t remember her looks being an issue so much as it was more of “I’m a Tomboy, I’m doing this for my brother, decorum and crap, suck it.” I think weight may have played a part in her being cast but the character itself could have been any woman

  • Patrick

    Agreed. I don’t understand why acceptance is so hard for some people. What really perplexes me is that when someone bullies another person, they have a moment where they think “would my life be better by befriending this person, or by hurting them?” and they choose to hurt.

  • http://twitter.com/Grizeus Griseus

    I’m sorry, but this is practically justified. THE FILM ITSELF HAS MANY FAT JOKES AIMED AT MELISSA McCARTHY.

  • http://twitter.com/beachlvr_128 Tina DS

    Women are systematically told that being married = being worthy, so many marry without thinking about looks. Also, some are marrying for financial security thus the age/looks discrepancy in some marriages. There are probably quite a few other reasons but these are fairly consistent.

  • Anonymous

    Have you seen the movie “Identity Thief”? A friend of mine, who also has Fibromyalgia, saw it this week and noted two scenes that concerned her. One scene had Melissa McCarthy’s character ‘Sandy’ fall down in a public place to create a diversion. She started yelling, ‘Oh, my Fibromyalgia! It’s going right down my spine!’ A hapless security guard attempted to massage the p…ain from her butt. Another scene had her walking down the side of the highway, limping, looking for sympathy and whining about her Fibromyalgia. My first thought was, what would people say if we switched out Fibromyalgia for breast cancer or MS, would people still laugh? Why is Fibromyalgia funny? Trust me, it’s not if you have it. This actress was recently made fun of for being fat. She had an army of people come to her defense. Think she’ll come to the defense of those of us suffering from a disorder we can’t control?

  • http://www.facebook.com/angela.pryor Angela Pryor

    Well, I just go see a movie if Melissa McCarthy is in it, because she is the funniest gal out there, she just cracks me up and I can tell she is the kind of person I would just love to have as a friend. Plus I think she is really beautiful. I am a mom, a teacher, a grad student, and an artist. After Bridesmaids, I just follow her movies because I know I will laugh and love her more.
    You GO GIRL!

  • Travis McDermott

    Well the only time Reed ever acted in a movie we ended up with this monstrosity!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnF3dGrrnFA

  • Emily Walton

    “I do wish she’d lose weight for her own health”

    No you don’t. $10 says you never even think about her health until you need an excuse to judge her for being fat.