Movie Critic Calls Melissa McCarthy A ‘Hippo’

Los Angeles premiere of 'Identity Thief'

Sometimes, when I see things in the news like the New York Observer movie critic Rex Reed calling an Melissa McCarthy a hippo when reviewing her upcoming movie, Identity Thief, I think to myself “well, he’s probably very old.” But then I realize that there was never a time period in history where it was appropriate to insult the body type of an actress when that had no relation to the role at hand. It’s mean, it’s inappropriate, and it’s bad journalism.

Just so we’re clear on exactly how, Rex introduces “cacophonous, tractor-sized Melissa McCarthy” and then writes:

The snafus in the worst road movie since The Guilt Trip plunge Mr. Bateman and his female hippo into a motel with only a double bed, a grotesque sex scene with a pickled reprobate she picks up in a bar who demands a threesome, a violent bar fight that bloodies his nose, a kidnapping, a multi-car collision going the wrong way on the freeway … but why go on?… By the time they got lost in the woods and fall into a den of hissing snakes, Elvis has long since left the building. Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) is a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success. Poor Jason Bateman.

Just so we’re clear, this is terrible. All of this is terrible. If you are reviewing movies, please do not do this. Good talk.

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    • CG

      Even without the fat comments his article is inaccurate Melissa’s YEARS on Gilmore Girls proves not only the longevity of her career, but also her capacity to play a wide range of rolls.

    • Krusticle

      I’m trying to remember if, oh, John Candy or Chris Farley ever got maligned like this in a review of their movies. I don’t think so. Misogyny is alive an well in the entertainment industry.

    • pixiedust8

      Wow. It’s one thing not to like the movie; it’s another to air all your issues with overweight people in the movie review. Very, very unprofessional, although I don’t really consider the New York Observer a real newspaper.

    • Vickie Jones

      What a jerk! Look around Rex, not every woman is a pefect size 6! Melissa is hilarious, very talented, and beautiful. So go screw yourself!

    • LK

      what, are we going to pretend that melissa mccarthy isn’t morbidly obese and that one of the running jokes in the movie isn’t her weight?