Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Rebel Wilson faces backlash after her 'plus size rom-com lead' comment

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Lora Ball | 06 November, 2018, 12:00

"In a couple of well-intentioned moments, hoping to lift my fellow plus sized women up, I neglected to show the proper respect to those who climbed this mountain before me like Mo'Nique, Queen Latifah, Melissa McCarthy, Ricki Lake and likely many others", she said.

Rebel Wilson caught some heat on Thursday for declaring herself the first plus-sized woman to be the lead in a romantic comedy.

She plays a New York City architect Natalie who after a bump on the head discovers her life has become a living romantic comedy and it won't end until she falls in love.

Rebel Wilson is under fresh fire for appearing to block critics of colour who have taken issue with her comments on plus-size rom-coms.

And actress Mo'Nique - who starred in Phat Girlz in 2008 - wasn't having any of it, tweeting Rebel herself, asking her not to erase anyone else's talent.

Naturally, the internet was quick to point out that Wilson's remarks were, in fact, incorrect, and Queen Latifah and Mo'Nique have already captured that title.

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- Halfapintdoll (@Halfapintdoll) November 1, 2018 Wilson responded to the tweet, but only to defend her already incorrectly proven statement.

The Australian actress was criticised for claiming she was the first plus-size actress to lead a studio rom-com, when both Queen Latifah and Mo'Nique have led their own in the past. Technically those films are [categorized]/billed as a studio rom-com with a sole lead. I wish you the best, ' the 50-year-old wrote.

Wilson later responded to the tweet pointing out the "grey area [s]". She's blocked so many people that they're now using a hashtag: #RebelWilsonBlockedMe.

Many on Twitter accused Wilson of ignoring the achievements of black women and blocking them when they pointed it out.

She added: "I'm all about supporting plus size women and I work so hard to do so".

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