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Melissa McCarthy Says A Journalist Repeatedly Harassed Her About Her 'Tremendous Size'

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Melissa McCarthy isn’t here for any rude questions or comments about her weight.
The Ghostbusters actress recently opened up to InStyle magazine about a previous nasty encounter with a journalist who asked insensitive and flat out rude questions about her body.
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The comedic actress recanted her experience in an interview accompanying the publication’s “Badass Women” issue. McCarthy says it all went down while she was making the rounds with press, promoting the 2011 comedy Bridesmaids:

“I won’t mention names but … he kept asking, ‘Are you shocked that you actually work in this business at your tremendous size?’ He was like, ‘Oh, your tremendous size, you can actually work?’ I just remember all the blood drained out of me. I thought, ‘With my tremendous size, I could tackle you so quickly.'”

WOW. The audacity!! It sounds like the journalist had ZERO sense of self-awareness, or tact for that matter because he continued to berate her. She continues:

“There were two cameras on him, and one was on me, and he went back to that question three or four times, and I just kept talking about the script or how fun [director] Paul Feig was. He was looking around like, ‘She’s crazy.’ When we left, their producer was horrified and said, ‘We’ll never play what he said. I’m so sorry.’ But it happens all the time, to the point where it’s fascinating because they don’t do it to men. Not to be a jerk or single him out, but when John Goodman was heavier, did anybody ever talk about his girth?”

The woman has a point!! McCarthy noted that the journalist was later fired from his job.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t the only bad memory Melissa brought up. The 48-year-old recalled another time that a different reporter crossed the line, calling her “grotesque” in the middle of a press conference:

“Years ago, I was at a press conference for either The Heat or Tammy and somebody from a very big organization kept asking me, ‘Why do you always feel the need to be so grotesque?’ I said, ‘What are we talking about? I can’t answer your question because I don’t understand it.’ He goes, ‘You look sloppy, you’re not wearing any makeup, your hair is not done, you’re yelling at people.'”

Really? Really? Luckily for the reporter, the funny woman responded with kindness:

“I was like, ‘OK, so have you ever asked this of a guy? I’m playing a character. You need to get out more if you don’t think there are real women like that.’ He goes, ‘Oh, fine, I’m aggressive, call it whatever you want. If you don’t want to answer the questions, you shouldn’t come to the panel.’ I was like, ‘I really want to answer your questions. I’m sorry I didn’t wear makeup in a part. I’m sorry I didn’t look pleasant for you. But I also don’t think you should be here writing about movies.'”

Ugh, people are ridiculous. Sometimes you have to just keep your head up, kill ’em with kindness, and leave them where they are.
Meanwhile, we’ll be over here enjoying how stunning Melissa looks on the mag’s official cover (below):

[Image via Joseph Marzullo/WENN]

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Jan 09, 2019 12:37pm PDT