Rebel with­out a plus-size cause; faces back­lash

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Ac­tor Rebel Wil­son is fac­ing flak on so­cial me­dia af­ter claim­ing to be the first ever plus-size fe­male star of a ro­man­tic com­edy film. The Pitch Per­fect star, who re­cently dis­cussed her up­com­ing film Isn’t It Ro­man­tic on a talk show, said, “I’m kind of proud to be the first-ever plus-size girl to be the star of a ro­man­tic com­edy.” In the in­ter­view, Wil­son also talked about her role and how it has shat­tered Hol­ly­wood stereo­types.

How­ever, her claim has sparked a de­bate on so­cial me­dia, with peo­ple point­ing out that stars such as Queen Lat­i­fah, Mo’Nique and Ricki Lake were some of the first few to ap­pear as plus-size fe­male movie leads. Movie buffs even took to Twit­ter to cite sev­eral ex­am­ples to prove their point.

One user, tag­ging Wil­son, tweeted: “You’re not the first though, @Re­belWil­son. Mo’nique, Queen Lat­i­fah, Melissa McCarthy, Kathy Bates, Gabby Sidibe, Oc­tavia Spencer, and so many more have done it way be­fore any of us knew who you were.”

An­other tweeted: “Rebel Wil­son say­ing she’s the first plus sized girl in a rom-com like this iconic gem doesn’t ex­ist,” ref­er­enc­ing Queen Lat­i­fah’s The Last Hol­i­day along­side the film poster.

“I love @Re­belWil­son as much as the next girl, but she isn’t the first plus sized woman to play the lead in a ro­man­tic com­edy. Queen Lat­i­fah and Mo’Nique have both played rom­com leads,” said an­other.

Re­spond­ing to a user, Wil­son posted: “Hey girl! Yeah I of course know of these movies but it was ques­tion­able as to whether: 1. Tech­ni­cally those actresses were plus size when film­ing those movies or 2. Tech­ni­cally those films are cat­e­go­rized/billed as a stu­dio rom-com with a sole lead. So there’s a slight grey area.”

She added: “I fully take all the com­ments on­board though so thank you.” Wil­son plays the fe­male lead in Isn’t It Ro­man­tic, which also stars Priyanka Cho­pra.


Ac­tor Rebel Wil­son has starred in the Pitch Per­fect films

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