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06 November 2018, 11:59 | Max Haynes
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The storm began last week when Wilson was on Ellen, shilling for her film, due on Valentine's Day and in which she plays a woman whose bopped on the head and awakens inside a romantic-comedy motion picture - Wilson said, "I'm kinda proud to be the first plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy". Wilson's tweet ignored the several black women who have starred in romantic comedies, like Queen Latifah and Mo'Nique.
Rebel responded to that comment personally, Tweeting: 'Hey girl!
Rebel Wilson faced considerable criticism for proclaiming herself as the "first-ever plus-sized" lead in a romantic comedy, and her subsequent explanation only garnered her additional backlash.
'Hey girl! Yeah I of course know of these movies but it was questionable as to whether: 1.
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Rebel Wilson is under fresh fire for appearing to block critics of colour who have taken issue with her comments on plus-size rom-coms. Technically those films are categorised/billed as a studio rom-com with a sole lead. "I wish you the best".
At the time, Rebel doubled down and replied that there is a "slight grey area" in the debate, causing more friction with the online community and a reaction from Mo'Nique herself. Film critic ReBecca Theodore-Vachon summed up the deeper problem of Wilson's claim and behavior succinctly, saying, "Black women's bodies don't matter when it comes to White women like Rebel Wilson". People quickly took to Twitter to make sure that Wilson was aware of the works of Queen Latifah and Mo'Nique, two plus-sized Black women who starred in romantic comedies over a decade ago. Wilson has since been blocking #BlackTwitter after being called out.
'I support all plus-size ladies and everything positive we are doing together, ' the actress concluded.
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