Rebel Wilson doubles down after being slammed for plus-size comments

Carla Harmon
November 6, 2018

In her new tweets, the "Pitch Perfect" star explained that her remarks on "Ellen" were "well-intentioned" but ultimately "neglected to show the proper respect" to her predecessors, including Queen Latifah, Mo'Nique, Melissa McCarthy, Ricki Lake "and likely many others". In addition, Wilson shared the same message on her Instagram last Thursday, writing: "I'm proud to be the first plus size girl to be the lead in a studio rom-com".

Not only is it smart to watch what you say on social media, but also what you do. "To be part of a problem I was hoping I was helping makes it that much more embarrassing & hard to acknowledge". "Again, I am deeply sorry". "I'm proud to be the first ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy".

First, it is clear from a quick Google search that Wilson's original statement wasn't true - did she do any research at all?

It wasn't long before Mo'Nique herself got involved requesting Rebel "not allow this business to erase [their] talent with giving grey areas and technicalities".

'Take a moment and know the history.

Rebel initially replied saying "there's a slight grey area" and questioned whether they were plus-sized when they filmed the movies.

'I support all plus-size ladies and everything positive we are doing together, ' the actress concluded. Wilson seemed to forget various Queen Latifah rom-coms, like The Last Holiday (2006) and Just Wright (2010), as well as the 2006 Mo'Nique vehicle called Phat Girlz. "Technically those films are categorized/billed [sic] as a studio rom-com with a sole lead", she wrote. "Let's please not allow this business to erase our talent with giving grey areas and technicalities", the Oscar victor said.

Wilson sat down with DeGeneres Oct. 31 to chat about the film, which co-stars Adam DeVine and Liam Hemsworth and opens on Valentine's Day 2019.

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