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.
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