Melissa McCarthy Gets Called ‘Tractor-Sized’, ‘Female Hippo’ by Movie Critic

February 13, 2013 in Beauty & Body Image, Melissa McCarthy by Versus


At high request, here’s a story regarding comedy actress Melissa McCarthy, who recently was the target of some cruel weight-related ‘jokes’ coming from a movie critic. The full story from Yahoo:

Comedic actress Melissa McCarthy’s new movie “Identity Thief” earned the biggest ever film opening so far this year when it raked in more than $36 million at the box office.

That may be ironic given that the movie was roundly panned by veteran film critic Rex Reed. Not only was Reed critical of the movie, he also went after McCarthy for her weight. In his Feb. 5 review in The New York Observer, Reed delivered insult after insult about the overweight actress, referring to her as “tractor-sized,” “a humongous creep” and a “female hippo.” But the scathing critique is earning Reed a strong backlash from the industry, as some of Hollywood’s biggest stars are rushing to McCarthy’s defense.

“Turns out, Rex Reed didn’t die sad and alone 10 years ago. Nope. He’s alive and starving for attention, so lets give him some,” “Modern Family” star Eric Stonestreet, who also appears in “Identity Thief,” wrote Friday on Twitter.

Actor Chad Lowe seconded the sentiment with this tweet: “Film critic sideshow #RexReed’s personal attack on actress Melissa McCarthy is vile & unacceptable. The @NewYorkObserver should fire him.”

And comedienne Roseanne Barr, who once famously used her weight as comic relief, added her voice to McCarthy’s supporters, tweeting: “you are a great comedian-your body is your instrument-you play it expertly.”

While neither Reed nor McCarthy would comment to ABC News, McCarthy has been open about her weight struggles. In November she told CNN anchor Anderson Cooper that she was never going to be a stick-thin starlet.

I think two kids and 41, it just … there’s so many other things to worry about,” she told Cooper. “I think the kids are healthy, I’ve got a great husband and I go to work every day and do what I want. I’ll keep working on the other. I just can’t put any time to worrying about it.”

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