Rebel Wilson responds to backlash over ‘plus-sized’ comments
Rebel Wilson has responded to critics who lambasted her claim that she is the first plus-sized woman to play the lead in a romantic comedy.
Appearing on The Ellen Degeneres Show to promote her upcoming film Isn’t It Romantic?, Wilson said: “I’m proud to be the first-ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic-comedy.”
The comment was swiftly questioned by the many who pointed out her erasure of the likes of Queen Latifah and Mo’nique, who have both starred in multiple rom-coms since their careers began. Responding to a Twitter user who pointed to the gaffe, Wilson wrote: “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 categorised/billed as a studio rom-com with a sole lead. So there’s a slight grey area.
“I fully take all the comments onboard though so thank you,” she added. Mo’nique herself tweeted at Wilson to say: “Hey my sweet sister. Let’s please not allow this business to erase our talent with giving grey areas and technicalities. Take a moment and know the history. DON’T BE A PART OF ERASING IT. I wish you the best.”
“Hi Monique, it was never my intention to erase anyone else’s achievements and I adore you and Queen Latifah so so much x I support all plus size ladies and everything positive we are doing together,” Wilson responded.
The film sees Wilson star as Natalie, a woman who, after a hit on the head, wakes up as the star of her very own romantic-comedy. Eminem has booked an entire cinema so that his fans can see his new movie for free.
The rapper announced on Instagram that he has bought out a whole AMC venue in Sterling Heights, a suburb of his hometown of Detroit. Tickets for two showings will be allocated on a first-come, firstserved basis.
Eminem served as a producer for Bodied, a satirical comedy about the world of rap battles. The movie’s director, Joseph Kahn, has previously worked on several of the rapper’s videos, including the clip for Without Me, which earned him a Grammy in 2003. Bodied tells the story of Adam Merkin, an undergraduate college student played by
Calum Worthy, who becomes obsessed with battle rapping after writing about it for his thesis paper.
The film tackles the issues of race on the rap scene, with Calum being accused of “appropriating black culture for his livelihood.”