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Melissa McCarthy’s Weight Critic: ‘I stand by my remarks about her obesity’

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A while back, actress Melissa McCarthy was viciously attacked by movie critic Rex Reed, who called her “female hippo”, “tractor-sized” and “humongous”. You can check out the story in this post! Even though he received a lot of backlash for his hurtful and unnecessary words, the movie critic is definitely not in the mood to apologize – from US Magazine:

I can only repeat what I have said before — that I do not have, nor have I ever had, anything personal against people who suffer from obesity,” [Reed] wrote to Us in an email. “What I object to is the disgusting attempt to pretend obesity is funny. It is not remotely humorous, and every obese comedian who ever made jokes about the disease are now dead from strokes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

“As a critic whose opinions are constitutionally protected by law, I stand by all of my original remarks about Melissa McCarthy’s obesity, which I consider about as amusing as cancer, and apologize for nothing,” he concluded. In February, the film critic slammed McCarthy, calling the Bridesmaids actress “tractor-sized, a “female hippo,” and a “screeching, humongous creep.”

Reed’s comments immediately outraged fellow industry insiders and fans alike, many of whom criticized Reed for being unabashedly mean-spirited.

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charlie
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charlie

Someone can have an opinion about obesity without be a jack-ass and making personal attacks on a person you don’t know. He should have apologized for being an insensitive dick.. calling someone “tractor-sized” and a “female hippo” is not constructive.

Zoe
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Zoe

You literally took the words right out of my mouth- my first thoughts on reading this were, “Yes, ok, so I agree with him that obesity isn’t something to be glamourised or made light of, but for goodness sake, does he have to be such a d*ck about it???” I think there are ways of getting the message across without making people feel like crap about themselves, which in the long term won’t be effective; in fact, for some, it’s more likely to backfire on him. While I agree that being obese isn’t ideal, it isn’t his or anyone else’s… Read more »

MissMarilyn
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MissMarilyn

This is exactly what I was thinking. Obesity is not funny and it causes serious health problems and many deaths…. but there’s a big difference between expressing concern for one’s health and the health of a country and calling someone a hippo.

He’s just being a bully.

PS
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PS

To me it sounds as if he’s trying to hide the Bullsh*t behind “concern” and thus declare what he said as appropriate. I agree, obesity is neither funny nor something to be made fun of, but he was just mean spirited.

Meg4815
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Meg4815

Exactly! If he’s equating obesity to cancer, in terms of humor, then I hope he’s also equating cancer patients to animals and farm equipment.

retrobanana
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retrobanana

what I don’t get about his comments are: its not her fault that the people who made the movie created roles for the “fat character”…yes she chose to be in the movie but she needs to make a living….I mean what is she supposed to do if they are handing her a script with a character that fits her description and it pays money I think she should take it….im sure she wants to be healthier…but its not her fault that dierecters, writers, and producers glorify the funny fat girl part…it really isn’t…same thing with the black maid, or the… Read more »

MerryHappy
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MerryHappy

I know, right? What an obvious cop out, too. It shows what a wiener he is. He says rude, unnecessary comments and people got mad. Instead of being like “yeah, I’m a jerk and I hate fat people, sorry” (which it seems to me both those things are true), he claims to be worried about the health of a nation. If he is so worried he wouldn’t say what he said, he would be being more constructive. It’s just an excuse for his vehement, hate fueled comments. Like its okay to be an a$$hole if you’re doing it “because you… Read more »

retrobanana
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retrobanana

why isn’t he pointing fingers at all the fat male actors…I just don’t know what this guy is talking about

kateuk
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kateuk

Exactly. His comments are anything more than a veiled attempt to cover up his disgust of overweight/obese women. The least he could is just admit it. He doesn’t give two hoots about this woman’s health!

Alyssa
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Alyssa

exactly.

Emeline
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Emeline

That’s true

kat
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kat

that’s my issue with it as well

Anonymous
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Anonymous

While his comment about his constitutional rights as a critic are valid, would he go about making fun of cancer patients in the same manner that he did regarding McCarthy’s weight?

Erica
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I agree. It’s fine for him to call her obese – and it’s fine that he doesn’t find her funny – but the way he made fun of those things is *not* fine! As you say, I can’t imagine him making jokes involving the bald heads and pallid skin that can come with cancer!

He’s just proving his own point – that people find being fat okay to make fun of (and that’s not really a good thing)…..

Penne
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Penne

Probably not. But that is probably because obesity is a self inflicted condition and cancer is not.

PinkLadi
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PinkLadi

That depends on what the cancer is. It is well known that certain cancers are greatly influenced by behavioral decisions. i.e. cancers attributed to tobacco use and alcohol abuse…and yes, poor diet/physical inactivity as well. Tobacco use makes you more likely to suffer from stroke and heart disease, in addition to respiratory disease and a whole list of cancers. Long term alcohol abuse can also cause cardiovascular disease, cirrhosis of the liver, high blood pressure, etc. and of course cancers in various sites in the body. I wonder if this critic is as harsh on smokers or alcoholics? Or on… Read more »

Erica
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Exactly, PinkLadi. Some cancers, one can argue, are self-inflicted – and some obesity is not. Neither is a laughing matter whether it is self-inflicted or not anyway!

Bad habits can come about for all sorts of reasons – simply putting it down as ‘self-inflicted’ and therefore exempt from compassion, is wrong, imo.

MerryHappy
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MerryHappy

some people with endocrine system problems can’t ‘help’ being obese without medical intervention and balancing their hormones.

Candy M.
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Candy M.

Yeah, but come on, that’s in the very small minority. Of that was a major contributor why has the obesity rate increased over the years and why are do other countries have lower obesity rates. Everybody knows there are exceptions, the key word being exception. And the fact is that a high obesity rate runs a toll on society, not just the single person. A Brain-imaging study by researchers at UCLA and the University of Pittsburg finds that the brains of overweight and obese subjects were on average 4% and 8% smaller, respectively, than the brains of those who were… Read more »

PinkLadi
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PinkLadi

What, exactly, is the point of bringing up brain size if you’re not going to make a conclusion (or present the conclusion in the study) as to what that means? Scientists/researchers don’t agree on the relationship between brain size and intelligence because it is a complex one. If you mean to imply that those with smaller brains are necessarily less intelligent, you can’t prove causation, only correlation. Those findings could also be interpreted to mean that those who are less intelligent are more likely to be obese rather than obesity “shrinking” one’s brain. To prove that being obese shrinks your… Read more »

serena
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serena

@Candy M I have a science background. That statistic you cited could very well be explained by the fact that the brain shrinks with age, especially declining in senior citizens, and body mass increases with age since most people gain weight as they get older. Also, it is true that on avg people with bmi around 23 live longest, but personal health varies from individual to individual. My bmi is 19.6 and you’ve mentioned you’re underweight, though I’m athletic and I’m sure you’re in good health too. If you and I can be healthy several points below ‘ideal’ then surely… Read more »

lex
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lex

Candy, I get what you’re saying but… I’m considered overweight according to my BMI even though my body fat percentage is that of an athlete. If I were to lose weight not only would I jeopardize my health but I’d look awful.

Emilie
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Emilie

Ok so even if not caused from endocrine, how about mental issues or emotional ones. Like addicts, obese people may not be intentional fat. No one wants to be fat, and yeah not everyone is seeking treatment for it, but it is hard to lose weight. And study after study is proving that once you are fat, you have to work harder to lose it and keep it off. Now what if you add binge eating or some other EDNOS to the mix. I’m against the term body shaming, but if anyone is guilty of it, it’s this a– hole

Erica
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@Charlie – thanks for that link – fascinating! I wish more people thought like him – against the conventional wisdom and with compassion. I was crying at the end with him – it’s wonderful to see people develop such compassion – too many people lack this sort of empathy. He may well be right about diabetes and insulin resistance, it makes sense. There don’t seem to be any concrete answers about obesity that apply to everyone – it is very complex. I think this idea of simply painting fat people as undisciplined, lazy and greedy is just stupid and unfair.… Read more »

MissMarilyn
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MissMarilyn

I mean Rex is the one who compared obesity to cancer so… it doesn’t really matter whether its self inflicted or not. He’s already comparing the two and if he’s comparing the two then he’s making it seem like it would be ok to mock someone with cancer just like he is mocking melissa for being obese

PinkLadi
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PinkLadi

I really wish people would stop touting their constitutional right to freedom of speech every time there is a public backlash against what they have to say. As long as the government is not trying to shut you up no one is infringing on your rights. Freedom of speech =/= freedom from criticism. Good grief.

Adele
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Adele

What a jerk. I think calling someone a female hippo IS a personal insult. If he wanted to talk about how dangerous obesity is, he could have done it without naming anyone, or at least talked about them without calling them with rude names. I agree that obesity is dangerous, and of course it’s not funny that people die because of it. But then again, I think it’s natural to try to make fun of scary things in order to deal with them. My mom used to make funny remarks about her cancer, even though she knew she was going… Read more »

JaneParker
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JaneParker

What he doesn’t seem to understand is that it’s not about what he said, is how he said it. Could he not explain that he doesn’t find obesity funny without calling someone a female hippo? I’m sure he could.He was being mean spirited and cannot pass that for concern now.

kia
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kia

well,he WAS making fun of it in his comment, he was teasing an obese actress calling her “female hippo” “tractor sized” to amuse rude thinking people like him. he didn”t say :”the actress’ obesity is just to sad to make the public enjoy the funny factor”.

Liv
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Liv

Did anyone else notice, but her hands look really terrible in this photo… I notice hands often, but hers look as if they belong to a woman much older than she is.

dutchie
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dutchie

Oh, so his comments are rooted in concerns for her health?!? What a bunch of BS. Unfortunately, I think a lot of people partake in fat shaming under the guise that it’s justified because fat people must all be unhealthy, so they’re “helping” somehow. I think a person’s health is between them and their doctor. Beyond that, *maybe* it’s ok to speak up LOVINGLY if you know the person well. This critic is a jerk and now on top of that is a coward trying to peddle his cruelty as concern for health.

Lisa
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Lisa

Does the tractor-sized Rex Reed not own a mirror, or is his too small to reflect his girth?

Gemma
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Gemma

If he were gebuinely concerned about her health he wouldn’t have used terms like “female hippo.” Speaking of which, why did he say FEMALE hippo? Are hippos by default male?

Zoe
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Zoe

Exactly… It seems to me that the fact that he felt the need to draw attention to a hippo’s gender in order to get his point across just points towards the fact that he’s a bit of a chauvinistic idiot. 🙂

Amanda
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Amanda

Why don’t Jack Black, Danny DeVito and John Goodman ever get criticism for their weight? They are all obese and their parts really highlight that. Oh that’s right. IT’S NONE OF OUR GOD DAMB BUSINESS. “Tractor-sized”…”female hippo”….those are mean. He could of easily said, ‘I don’t find her funny and I think she needs to do something about her weight, obesity is never funny’. You can say you don’t like something without being a mean, insensitive dick.

Emilie
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Emilie

Because it’s ok for these men to be this way. Jonah hill, seth rogan before he lost wt. Melissa Mccarthy is like the only woman, other than queen latifah that is obese and while it’s not healthy to be fat, why is it not ok to have a fat actress? It’s kind of absurd, Just like having an asian or black actress on magazine covers, why can’t ppl see examples of themselves, b/c not having examples isn’t helping anything. It’s not like having fat actress is going to make it seem like everyone is healthy and OK when 99.9999999999999999% of… Read more »

Coldnipz
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Coldnipz

Yes^^ agree.
I would love to see more diversity. It would help so many children.
Hate the world

ayu
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ayu

I wonder if he would think it’s funny if he died of a typical disease that usually kills fat people. It’s sad he not even gets away with being a jerk, but actually gets paid for it!

Rosa
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Rosa

I do think the things he said were mean-spirited and he definitely could have gone about it another way. But I appreciate that he didn’t take what he said back, People fold too easily under the pressure of public opinion.

kateuk
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kateuk

He just sounds like another misogynistic d*ckhead trying to pretend he cares about obese people’s (women’s) *cough* health.

Candy M.
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Candy M.

I don’t know, its a complex issue and I still haven’t formed a solid opinions about it.

annemarie
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annemarie

He should have said all this in his initial review instead of “female hippo” and “tractor sized”, then it wouldn’t have come off as a personal attack to Melissa and he wouldn’t have come off as an as*hole.

roonie
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roonie

I agree with his original comment about her being ‘gimmicky’ and untalented. What he said wasn’t nice but it was true.. Although the tractor and hippo comments were harsh and unnecessary. I’m glad he didn’t apologise, I like that he’s standing by what he said.

Emilie
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Emilie

I think she is talented and she was the best thing about Bridesmaids

Leah
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Leah

See ‘Gilmore Girls’. It’s clear McCarthy can play a role which has little/nothing to do with weight, and play them well.

Leah
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Leah

*it.

snoops
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snoops

Yeah he has the constitutional right to call her a hippo, and everyone else has the right to call him a d*ck because of it. Freedom of speech works two ways!

amber
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amber

And they have. People, in response, have been calling him terrible things for nearly a month. He has certainly gotten worse than he gave. And Melissa McCarthy has gotten a lot of free press and support for it. Should he have called her names? No, probably not. And although Melissa has made statements about being fine and in a happy place, I’m sire she would like for the story to die now, too. I know his original article was published in the observer, right? Surely the observer has editors or publishers or whatever – someone who reads the articles before… Read more »

snoops
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snoops

You can’t really blame the editors, he’s a big boy he is responsible for his own words. The editors might not agree with his opinion. Like I said he’s a big boy, he knew what he was saying and he knew the reaction he’d get. Mcarthy doesn’t need the publicity but I am sure he is reveling in it tbh, my first thought when I read his comment was that he is loving the attention he has gotten by displaying such a nasty attitude and directing it towards a big star.

serena
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serena

What a jerk this guy is. Melissa’s comedy does not revolve around her being obese, nor is she promoting obesity in her comedy, so that implication is ridiculous. A better example of trying to make obesity funny might be Rebel Wilson’s character “Fat Amy”. I guarantee if Melissa was a slim woman who smoked to keep her weight down (like many in hollywood) Rex wouldn’t say anything, because he doesn’t care about health, just picking on the chubby lady for cheap laughs.

Miss x
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Miss x

He is mean, but atleast I respect him for standing up for his opinion. So many people apologize when their opinions doesn’t fit the norm of society.

mary
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mary

This guy is such an A-hole…why is he beating a dead horse and bringing this topic up again, as if he cares about obesity that much? Honestly, the world is getting fatter by the second…being so nasty and opinionated about it ain’t changing anything. Some people have ZERO class.

Effy
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Effy

I live in France where you can be sued for writting such things about someone. So, she’s fat. Its not a disease, its not contagious. if she is ok with it why should people try to brung her down ? What purpose does that serve ? So she can be miserable and starve herself to be thin ? So then the same people can say that she has lost what made her stood out ? And pretend they are worried about their health ? And I like how he uses fancy word like “constitutionnal” and waves freedom of speech when… Read more »

Lynn
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Lynn

Most fat people know they are fat and they don’t like being that way. They don’t need to be told. Rex Reed is a jerk and a hypocrite. Before calling someone else insulting names for being fat, he needs to lose weight.

Emilie
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Emilie

“every obese comedian who ever made jokes about the disease are now dead from strokes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.”” This comment isn’t even true. I wish he would name names because a lot of these comedians were from drug overdoses like Farley or Belushi. This guy is an idiot. A lot of issues are joked about that are dangerous like drugs, car racing, mental illness, shooting ppl, where is his PSA for those. I don’t respect this guy because he is a woman hater. No one should be called tractor sized. Like I said in the last… Read more »

Winnie
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Winnie

one of the things that doesn’t sit right with me about this is the fact that Rex Reed is also overweight. not only that, but this d0uchebag also happens to look a lot like the woman he’s slandering!

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methinks that’s a part of the reason for the vehemently nasty comments he made about her. clearly he has some issues within himself that are stirred up whenever he sees Melissa on-screen

Winnie
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Winnie

also, a lot of the “obese” comedians he is probably referencing (John Candy, Chris Farley, and John Belushi come to mind) all died from health complications resulting from DRUG USE, particularly CO—E and HE—N, but i don’t hear him making jokes about the concious decisions that are made when people choose begin using those drugs. honestly, this guy is talking out of his a– trying to backtrack with this whole “health” babble instead of just admitting that his comments were unnecessarily cruel. i hate when people whip out the health debate in order to justify their own obvious personal disgust… Read more »

serena
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serena

100% agree. I don’t see him calling out all the slim actresses and actors who chain smoke or abuse drugs/alcohol.

Fai
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Fai

Sometimes we say things we shouldn’t. Everybody makes mistakes and it’s ok. But afterwards, when you realise what you did, have the guts to admit you were wrong and apologize. Otherwise you just make more and more fool of yourself.

daisy
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daisy

his origional comments were not constructive they were abusive. however he has a point, there is nothing offensive about obesity but it shouldnt be condoned or exploited for comedic value because it isnt pleasant. the individuals who are obese and claim to be happy and satisfied with their weight are aware they are unhealthy and would certainly prefer to be slimmer even just for there health (if they are indeed happy with their appearance). by saying they are happy with how they are it makes them less vulnerable to victimisation from the media and empowers them. it also makes them… Read more »

solaxia
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solaxia

I do agree that obesity isn’t funny, and it often comes from an unhealthy place. However, I don’t see him having any issues with the glorified ultra thin models that we see in the media? I’m not saying all ultra thin models are unhealthy, but there have been quite a few that have died from heart attacks, and also many have admitted to very unhealthy habits. Also, I do agree that obesity is as funny as cancer and the like. However, in NO WAY does that constitute being able to call a person suffering with obesity by the disgusting names… Read more »

snugglepup
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snugglepup

Well Rex, you’re one mature dude. All I can say. If you don’t understand comedy, don’t watch it. If you can’t stand obese people, well, maybe close your eyes because majority of americans are. What a dingus… And Melissa is lovely.

Lydia
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Lydia

agreed wit what he said

Zach Amellio
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I have a daughter who is 2 and a step daughter who is
6… I need to get them both Halloween costumes and I am not sure what they
should be. My step daughter wants to be a “Super fairy Princess monster” and I don’t think they make that in a costume LOL. Any suggestions?. BQ: What should my husband and I be for halloween? I am 8 months pregnant with twins so that is pretty hard to hide. :). Thanks!.

Vicky
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feel sorry for her

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