Rebel without a plus-size cause; faces backlash
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