New York Observer Rex Reed recently said quite a few unpleasant things about Melissa McCarthy when reviewing Identity Thief, her recent comedy with Jason Bateman. More specifically, he called her “tractor-sized” and refers to the starring pair as “Mr. Bateman and his female hippo.” He also said McCarthy is a “gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success.” Basically, he resorted to aspects of McCarthy that were totally irrelevant to her performance — something very few critics would do toward a male lead.
Rather than toss out weight- or otherwise appearance-related insults, McCarthy took a higher road when asked about the piece during a New York Times interview published today.
“I felt really bad for someone who is swimming in so much hate. I just thought, that’s someone who’s in a really bad spot, and I am in such a happy spot. I laugh my head off every day with my husband and my kids who are mooning me and singing me songs.”
As somebody who tends to take weight-based insults pretty personally, even when I try not to, I find this to be incredibly respectable. Having pride in yourself and finding happiness in who you are is infinitely more wonderful (not to mention admirable) than making money off of critiquing the weight of others when your job is, in fact, to comment on films.
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