Rex Reed Hates Melissa McCarthy’s New Movie, So He Called Her Fat. Classy.
Movie critic Rex Reed had some issues with the film ‘Identity Thief,’ which stars Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman. Instead of addressing the film’s failures on an artistic level, however, Reed did the truly professional thing and attacked McCarthy for her weight.
Hey, Rex Reed? Go get stuffed.
In his piece for the New York Observer, Reed describes McCarthy as “tractor-sized,” “obnoxious,” “humongous” and a “female hippo.”
Because, you know, the only things that make a movie bad are fat chicks who speak.
While we can’t speak about the movie itself — we haven’t seen it — we know enough about McCarthy to know that Reed’s insane ranting was a display of ignorance, cruelty and flagrant misogyny. If the gender roles in the film were reversed and McCarthy’s character were played by Jonah Hill and Bateman’s by Megan Fox, do you think he’d comment on Hill’s size?
This is all aside from the fact that anyone who watches the movie can probably see that McCarthy is on the larger side. She knows what size she is. Do we need to point it out?
What’s more, McCarthy has been forthright about her struggle to accept and deal with her weight.
In an interview with Good Housekeeping in November, McCarthy admitted that despite a healthy lifestyle, she can’t shed the pounds.
“I don’t really know why I’m not thinner than I am. I don’t really drink soda, I don’t have a sweet tooth, and we eat healthfully at home,” the actress and mom of two daughters said (quotes via Us Weekly).
“Sometimes I wish I were just magically a size 6 and I never had to give it a single thought. But I am weirdly healthy, so I don’t beat myself up about it — it wouldn’t help, and I don’t want to pass that on to my girls.”
“You just have to say, ‘It’s pretty damn good. I am right here at the moment and I’m okay with it,’” she confessed of her body image. “I’ve got other things to think about.”
Reed would have other things to think about too if he weren’t a small minded, sizeist jackass with an enormous sense of male entitlement (and probably a tiny something else, which may be the source of his insecurities).
Have a seat, Reed. Have several seats.