Melissa McCarty is an award winning Emmy actress (Mike and Molly). She was also nominated for an Oscar for her role in Bridesmaids and her latest comedy, Identity Thief, just had one of the biggest opening weekends of the year earning over 36 million dollars at the box office.
With such accolades you’d think people would focus on McCarthy’s tremendous talent, but instead so much attention is often drawn to something else altogether.
Take for example movie critic Rex Reed’s recent review of McCarthy’s latest movie. Reed’s review has received high criticism for referring to McCarthy as a “female hippo,” “tractor sized” and a “gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success.”
Reed isn’t the only one fat shaming McCarthy.
Do you remember the hateful Marie Claire blog “Should ‘Fatties’ Get a Room? (Even on TV?)” that criticized McCarthy for her weight after appearing in the show Mike and Molly?
In the blog author Maura Kelly takes the fat shaming to a new level, writing:
I think I’d be grossed out if I had to watch two characters with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other … because I’d be grossed out if I had to watch them doing anything. To be brutally honest, even in real life, I find it aesthetically displeasing to watch a very, very fat person simply walk across a room — just like I’d find it distressing if I saw a very drunk person stumbling across a bar or a heroine addict slumping in a chair.
Luckily, both Marie Claire and Rex Reed’s articles have received a firestorm of criticism for their negative comments including the Today show and Good Morning America, but that doesn’t detract from the prejudice larger women face in Hollywood or anywhere for that matter.
McCarthy isn’t the only victim of fat-shaming. On a Fox News segment earlier this week there was a debate about whether or not Kelly Clarkson and Adele, both of who cleaned up at the Grammy’s, were too fat and should lose weight.
McCarthy, Clarkson and Adele are each immensely talented in their own right. Isn’t it about time we focus on their talent as opposed to their weight?
I certainly think so.
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