Twitter & Mo’Nique School Rebel Wilson For Claiming She’s The First Plus-Size Rom-Com Star!
Critics are educating Rebel Wilson for claiming she’s the first ever plus-sized girl to star in a romantic comedy — one critic being a plus-sized woman who starred in a romantic comedy over a decade ago.
To promote her upcoming movie Isn’t It Romantic, the Aussie actress touted herself as the “first-ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy” on Ellen and Instagram. Movie fans were quick to call B.S. on the claim, citing that both Queen Latifah and Mo’Nique led rom-coms way back in 2006, starring in The Last Holiday and Phat Girlz respectively.
Rebel later added insult to injury by attempting to defend her comment on Twitter, writing that it was questionable whether those films were categorized “as a studio rom-com with a sole lead.”
Her follow-up tweet, of course, was only met with more twiticism from many who accused the Pitch Perfect star of ignoring the achievements of black actresses. Even Mo’Nique felt the need to chime in, encouraging the actress to avoid putting rom-coms with a black lead in a “grey area.” She wrote:
Hey my sweet sister. Let’s please not allow this business to erase our talent with giving grey areas and technicalities. Take a moment and know the history. DON’T BE A PART OF ERASING IT. I wish you the best.
— Mo'Nique Worldwide (@moworldwide) November 3, 2018
To her credit, Rebel told Mo’Nique she never intended to “erase anyone else’s achievements” by claiming she was the first to accomplish something multiple black actresses accomplished years before she did:
Hi Monique, it was never my intention to erase anyone else’s achievements and I adore you and Queen Latifah so so much x I support all plus size ladies and everything positive we are doing together ❤️
— Rebel Wilson (@RebelWilson) November 3, 2018
Rebel also said she would be addressing this controversy when she’s starts doing press for the film (clever girl!), but the fact that several black Twitter users claimed they were blocked by the actress for trying to start a dialogue with her certainly doesn’t help her case.
(I didn't even say anything super harsh)
Where's the party? pic.twitter.com/piTogG707E
— Geek Ghoul Diva 👻 (@geekgirldiva) November 4, 2018
Isn’t It Romantic hits theaters on Valentine’s Day.
[Image via Warner Bros./YouTube.]