Rebel Wil­son re­sponds to back­lash over ‘plus-sized’ com­ments

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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.”

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