I’m pissed off that in this day of political correctness that someone like Rex Reed is so insensitive and hateful about people who are overweight. In his review of the movie “Identity Thief” he not only stated his opinions of the movie, but also his thoughts of the lead actress, Melissa McCarthy. Yes, she is plus-size. Guess what! People come in all shapes, sizes, colors, races, creeds, etc. Get over it, Rex Reed! I’m sorry that no one notified you of this, but you are not God! You are not perfect! And frankly, none of us are. There are some people who may look superficially perfect, but I am sure if you ask them, they will tell you of a problem or two they deal with.
I guess you’re wondering why I am so angry. He called her “tractor-sized female hippo” and “a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious.” You can read more at The Examiner.
And what gets me is that this type of behavior is allowed. If he had said something about she is too black or too Asian or too gay then everyone would be completely outraged and find his remarks so offensive and demand apologies and chastise him. I am not saying those things are acceptable by any means. What I am saying is that making fun of people who are overweight, fat, obese, etc is one of the last allowable discriminatory practices. People laugh and then expect the person they are making fun of to laugh along with it as well.
Ever heard the saying “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me?” Two words for that: BULL SHIT
Those words hurt to the core and they stay with you forever. You never forget them. I remember every ugly word said to me. I remember one man telling me my elbows were fat. (I feel like calling him up right now and asking him how much damned hair he has left!) You remember those words that hurt and will probably forever. At times they play like a broken record in your head.
I think it is fine for Mr. Reed to say the movie is bad. But when you attack individuals for their physical appearance it is wrong. If it’s their hair, fine. They can fix their hair. Hair changes daily. Bodies don’t. We don’t know what might be going on medically to cause body issues. A bad hairstyle is just a bad hairstyle. A bad outfit is a bad outfit. Obesity could be a bad thyroid, psychological issues, medication or any number of other issues. And frankly some people want to be fat and some people want to be skinny. And it is nobody’s business who wants to be what weight.
- Movie reviewer calls Melissa McCarthy a ‘tractor-sized hippo’ (examiner.com)
- Movie Critic Calls Melissa McCarthy A ‘Hippo’ (thegloss.com)
- Critic calls Melissa McCarthy ‘tractor-sized,’ ‘hippo’ in review of new film (todayentertainment.today.com)
- Critic Blasts Melissa McCarthy’s Weight In Review Of New Movie “Identity Thief” (now100fm.cbslocal.com)