I Love Melissa McCarthy’s Response To The Critic Who Called Her A Hippo

Melissa McCarthy attending CinemaCon in Las Vegas April 2013The joint Crushable application to be the third wheel in Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock‘s friendship is still pending, so we’re not entirely sure yet how Melissa feels about us, but with every day that passes we get more sure of how we feel about her. Spoiler alert: it’s an obsession. She just seems so sure of herself on so many levels that it’s hard not to be utterly charmed by her, especially since she so often takes a stand for what’s right in exactly the way everyone should if we all had our brains and our balls in the right places. Remember back when she kicked that extra off her movie set for being abusive toward her kid? And how hilarious she was on Saturday Night Live, and in Bridesmaids? Is there anything this lady can’t do?

Well, apparently critic Rex Reed thinks so, as he made abundantly clear in his review of Melissa’s movie Identity Theft. Interestingly enough, for a film critic, he made his review less about the film and more about his personal perception of Melissa as ‘a female hippo’ and ‘tractor-sized’, and refused to accept blame for the incident when he was hit with the nation’s backlash. Melissa didn’t address the incident at the time, probably because it was completely inappropriate and had nothing to do with her, but now she’s crafted a response that seems perfectly designed to impress me from all angles simultaneously. When her New York Times interviewer asked her for her reaction to the piece, she says it was initially “Really?” and then later, “Why would someone O.K. that?” She never brings up the guy’s name directly, which I really respect, but says:

“I felt really bad for someone who is swimming in so much hate. I just thought, that’s someone who’s in a really bad spot, and I am in such a happy spot. I laugh my head off every day with my husband and my kids who are mooning me and singing me songs.”

It’s an impressive response, but one Melissa said she wouldn’t have had twenty years ago.

‘If this had happened back then, it may have crushed me.’ But now, with two young daughters, in ‘a strange epidemic of body image and body dysmorphia,’ she says articles like that ‘just add to all those younger girls, that are not in a place in their life where they can say, ‘That doesn’t reflect on me.” That makes it more true,’ she said. ‘It means you don’t actually look good enough.’

See, I feel like that’s such thoughtful commentary. Melissa is solid enough in her own self-worth that his words don’t physically or emotionally affect her, but she’s upset on behalf of all the young women in the world who aren’t there yet, and who might let this man’s hurtful words define them as people. That’s the part she has a problem with, not his decision to target her specifically, and I just think that’s the most mature, intelligent response I could imagine. You have a genuwine admirer on your hands, Melissa. I hope you’re okay with that.

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    • MCR

      I couldn’t agree more. It was the perfect response in every way. It says everything.
      1. “Really?” (I don’t read this guy’s reviews.)
      2. “Why would someone OK that?” (SO unprofessional!)
      3. It doesn’t bother me now, with the happy life I have, etc. etc. (I’m blissful, your petty insults can’t touch me.)
      4. “But the young girls who aren’t there yet…” (This moron is bullying insecure children!)

      The reviewer now looks like a childish fool who can’t even do his job properly if he’s distracted by any unusual physical features in the lead actor. Similarly, he once led off a review with an entire paragraph about Sarah Jessica Parker’s mole. Apparently he can’t concentrate on the job at hand if a movie cast consists of people rather than androids. Even worse, as I see from your article on Reed’s response to the controversy, he tried to spin the insults as a concern for the public health aspect of obesity. Yes, mocking people for their personal defects is just showing your concern for their well-being.
      Are we sure this reviewer is really an old man? He sounds like a very nasty high school girl.

      • Jenni

        It always amazes me how many middle-aged men seem to carry high school girls inside of them.

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    • jenver

      Why is it still okay to make fun of fat people?

      • Jenni

        It’s crazy that someone in the media thought this public fat shaming would fly. Not his smartest move.

      • MCR

        There are always a couple of categories of people it’s acceptable to ridicule. Right now, for example, you can make fun of fat people and short men.

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