McCarthy Finally Responds to Being Called a “Female Hippo”

Remember a few months ago when movie critic Rex Reed called famously actress Melissa McCarty a “female hippo”?

Perhaps you recall that he also called the Emmy winning actress “tractor sized”?

Or maybe, like me, you remember but blocked it out because unlike Reed when you hear the name Melissa McCarthy you don’t think hippo but rather hilarious.

Either way, McCarthy has finally responded to Reed’s scathing review saying:

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.

She is also laughing her way to the bank as her movie career has skyrocketed after the success of Bridesmaids. In fact, McCarthy’s acting chops in that movie gave her an opportunity not many other women have received – being given a role that was initially meant to be casted as a male character in Identity Thief.

While McCarthy admits that this kind of review may have crushed her in her 20s, she is now in a place in her life where she can say, “That doesn’t reflect on me.” As a mother of two young girls growing up in a what she says is a “strange epidemic of body image and body dysmorphia,” however, she understands how these views hurt women and girls.

Perhaps we should sit Reed down and have him watch Golda Poretsky’s recent Ted Talk called Why It’s Ok to Be Fat.

Better yet maybe someone should post a picture of Reed on Smile, Sizeist, a Tumblr page by photographer Substantia Jones which invites those who have experienced public fat-shaming to take a picture of their harasser and submit it to the blog with their story.

When a person in the public eye like McCarthy is fat shamed it doesn’t just affect her but it becomes a much larger conversation which impacts many others and results in New York Times articles and public outrage online.

Perhaps Reed should have a fat shaming finger pointed at him for his untactful comments, but what would make me even happier would be headlines that tout McCarthy’s immense talent on the big screen.


Related from Care2:

5 A-List Stars Get Real About Body Image in Hollywood

Why is Hollywood Still Fat Shaming its Superstars?


Photo credit: Photo by Don T. Mai used under a Creative Commons license.

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Miranda Lyon
Miranda Lyonabout a year ago

Picking on Rex Reed for being effeminate...always nice to see one prejudice (homophobia, gender stereotyping) trump another (fatophobia).

Winn Adams
Winn Adamsabout a year ago

Rex Reed . . . . .who listens to him??????????????????

Jenny Bone
Jenny Boneabout a year ago

Good for her x

ScoTT S.
ScoTT S.about a year ago

Maria said this about Rex Reed - "He just tries to be funny on the expense of putting down others, a known trick of losers and zeroes." I agree with that, but what I do not agree with is that you are guilty of the exact same fat shaming that makes him a loser and zero. By implication ... (those who have seen my posts know what's coming next) it's called PROJECTION.

ScoTT S.
ScoTT S.about a year ago

Teresa, the more stuff I see from you (outside of the obvious issue we strongly disagree on) the more I agree with you. My respect for you is growing. I wanted to publicly acknowledge that.

Deborah S.
D. S.2 years ago

Marie V., what the... your comment is so strange that I'm almost convinced you're not serious and it's all a joke.

"Stupid to pretend to be happy when you have such a problem," Why do you assume she's pretending? Just because YOU would be miserable if you gained weight doesn't mean that applies to everybody. She's probably had a weight problem all her life and got to the point where she had enough. You have NO idea what it's like. Yo-Yo dieting screws your system up royally. I swear that if you do it enough times, your metabolism starts running in reverse!

But this took the cake "and you probably don't love your husband cause .. you know why." What? What? Or should I say WHY? WHY? Why on earth do you think that she doesn't love her husband? I'm dumbfounded.

Berty Jardine
Berty Jardine2 years ago

Sticks and stones....

janet T.
janet T.2 years ago

We really should be nicer than this to Rex Reed. The poor man was born without a brain or a heart. I would have to say that he is disabled but that would give the disabled a bad name.

Karen H.
Karen H.2 years ago

"Fat shaming" or any other shaming is a reflection on the shamers, not their targets. They are trying to push attention away from themselves by turning the spotlight on someone else. The message is, "Don't judge me--look at them!" The majority of “fat shamers” immediately claim overeating or unhealthy eating is the cause. How do you KNOW? Could it be an imbalance in the body? Could it be caused by medication? Could it be genetic? Unless you know for a fact, don’t even mention it.
Maybe Reed forgot how he insulted Jack Palance and Marisa Tomei in 1992 when he said Palance was "drunk" or "stoned" and erroneously presented the Best Supporting Actress Oscar to Tomei. Roger Ebert said, “Not only is the rumor untrue, it is unfair to Marisa Tomei, and Rex Reed owes her an apology." He also owed Palance an apology for implying he was impaired. In 2005 he insulted the entire South Korean population in his review of “Oldboy”.
Seems he owes quite a few people apologies.
And btw, I find McCarthy to be a fine, funny actress.

Jane H.
Jane H.2 years ago

Rex Reed has the grace of a hippo.