Rebel Wilson tweets apology after backlash over ‘plus-sized’ claims

08 Novembre, 2018, 15:59 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • Rebel Wilson's claim that she is the first plus-size star in a rom-com has irked the internet

Rebel Wilson sparked debate online this week after claiming in an interview with the Huffington Post that her new film "Isn't It Romantic" has made her "the first-ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy".

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.

'To be part of a problem I was hoping I was helping makes it that much more embarrassing and hard to acknowledge'.

This prompted Wilson to apologise on Tuesday for her "incredibly hurtful" comments and the fact she blocked Twitter users who had attempted to correct her.

Wilson is probably sitting down somewhere looking at herself thinking damn all I had to really do is just say sorry, and I was wrong.

Liam Hemsworth, Adam DeVine and Priyanka Chopra will also appear in the film that is due for release early next year.

As the backlash continued, Rebel seemingly began blocking people who were criticising her. Social media users quickly called her out with reminders that Mo'Nique, Queen Latifah, Ricki Lake Nikki Blonsky and others were leads in romantic comedies. "Technically those films are categorised/billed as a studio romcom with a sole lead". A perusal of the hashtag shows what Wilson found offending enough to deserve a block-and her threshold doesn't seem very high.

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Amazingly, Wilson saw the tweet and responded, defending her claim.

Rebel initially said there was a "slight grey area".

However, a reply from Mo'Nique, asking Wilson to "take a moment and know the history".

Mo'Nique tweeted the Australian star, urging her to not "erase our talent", and she replied that she hadn't meant to do so, although she stopped short of apologizing.

However, many were quick to point out the inaccuracy in her claim, which was downright false, pointing out that Queen Latifah has starred in a number of romantic comedies.

Mo'Nique even took to the platform to address Wilson's remarks.

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