Rebel Wilson is facing some backlash after incorrectly stating during her visit to “The Ellen Show” that she was the first plus-sized girl to star in a romantic comedy. After she was dragged on social media, the Australian native received a brief lesson from comedian Mo’Nique.
The “Pitch Perfect” actress will be co-starring with Liam Hemsworth in a movie called “Isn’t It Romantic.” She gloated to Ellen: “I had such a ball filming that. I’m proud to be the first-ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy.”
After the interview made its rounds, people on Twitter raised a great point — Ricki Lake, Mo’Nique, and Queen Latifah are all plus-sized women who have taken a lead role in a rom-com.
“@rebelwilson what about Queen Latifah in Just Wright or Last Holiday???? You’re not the first one.”
“uh rebel wilson is just ignoring the fact that monique was in Phat Girls and had one of the funniest rom-soms ever so im lost as to why she’s trying to take credit for something that isn’t even close to true.”
“@rebelwilson, monique, queen latifah, even ricki lake were all in romantic comedies. you’re far from the first.”
Rebel responded with questioning if the aforementioned celebrities were plus-sized and raised the question if they were billed theatrically as romantic comedies.
“Hey girl! Yeah I of course know of these movies but it was questionable as to whether: 1. Technically those actresses were plus size when filming those movies or 2. Technically those films are catorgorized/billed as a studio rom-com with a sole lead. So there’s a slight grey area”
Mo’Nique politely responded with: “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.”
Wilson took notice of the comedian’s fairly polite correction and tweeted back: “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.”
It also appears that the “How To Be Single” actress blocked some followers who were disagreeing with her. What do you think of this story?