Rebel Wilson sparks backlash over 'plus-size actress' claims

Ruben Ruiz
November 6, 2018

Rebel Wilson faced considerable criticism for proclaiming herself as the "first-ever plus-sized" lead in a romantic comedy, and her subsequent explanation only garnered her additional backlash. "I'm proud to be the first ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy".

Instead of apologizing via Notes app, as so many who mess up on Twitter do, Wilson's response was to block her critics.

'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, ' Rebel tweeted.

"Let's please not allow this business to erase our talent with giving grey areas and technicalities", the Oscar victor wrote, urging Rebel to "take a moment and know the history" and avoid being "a part of erasing it". Twitter users swiftly pointed out that plus-sized stars such as Queen Latifah and Mo'Nique had starred in the respective 2006 rom-coms Last Holiday and Phat Girlz. "I wish you the best", Mo'Nique tweeted.

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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 categorised/billed as a studio rom-com with a sole lead.

Wilson mostly didn't interact with these critiques-though she did reply to one person saying she thought those movies were in a "grey area". There were even people creating hashtags like #RebelWilsonBlockedMe and #RebelBlockMeParty to commemorate being blocked by the actress. Wilson has since been blocking #BlackTwitter after being called out. "I support all plus size ladies and everything positive we are doing together".

Priyanka Chopra, Liam Hemsworth and Betty Gilpin also star.

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