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Dee0886
HATE people like this....
by Dee0886
February 9, 2013 at 12:03 PM

I don't know about you but I LOVE Melissa McCarthy. I think she's funny as hell and when interviewed she comes off as a very classy, down to earth person. But some critics have some really nasty things ot say about her....this guy is such a dick

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Melissa McCarthy Called a “Female Hippo” By Critic After Humiliating Herself in Identity Thief

 Rich Juzwiak

Alien-acid queen, movie-crit staple and star of the infamous 1970 flop Myra Breckinridge Rex Reed describes Identity Thief star Melissa McCarthy as "tractor-sized," "humongous" and a "female hippo" in his Observer review of Seth Gordon's probable hit, which opens this weekend. These words are uncivil and the product of an intolerant mindset that's a huge problem in our culture. No one deserves to be referred to as such, especially not in such a public forum. Rex Reed is an asshole.


That said, he creeps up on a point toward the end of his review when he writes that McCarthy "has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success." That's a hyperbolic summary (she's devoted her career, actually, to being funny), but it does touch on a huge problem with Identity Thief: The premise of so many of the film's jokes is that McCarthy is fat and isn't that hilarious? The film's shitty attempts to elicit laughter include her wheezing and being easily outrun when she attempts to escape Jason Bateman's character on foot, a sex scene predicated on how outrageous and nauseating it is for fat people to fuck (Bateman's character hugs himself in an adjacent bathroom for comfort) and several sight gags in which McCarthy's character's absurd sense of style is exacerbated by her proportions. The movie's poster pictures her sipping on a giant cup of obesity-causing soda. Identity Thief feebly attempts to redeem itself by giving McCarthy's titular, sociopathic character a sad past and by making her over at one point, which is supposed to hit like a revelation: Overweight people can be attractive.


That McCarthy participated in all of this is a shame. Maybe the roles she is offered all somehow reference and mock her weight. Even Bridesmaids, an actual good movie that won her near-universal acclaim, contains jokes about how ridiculous her lust is for the air marshal she sits next to. This and much of Identity Thief (which also includes a lot of gags based on the hilarity of possible femininity in men) is the kind of shit that should have died with Shelley Winters' character in The Poseidon Adventure. Transcend, McCarthy, transcend. Rex Reed said unnecessarily cruel things about this actress' appearance, but then again, so does Identity Thief.


Has anyone seen previews for "The Heat" with her and Sandra Bullock?? OMG, if not youtube it...it looks hysterical

Replies

  • edelweiss23
    February 9, 2013 at 12:04 PM
    I think she is adorable!!!
  • IandLoveandYou
    February 9, 2013 at 12:07 PM
    I love her too, some people are just hateful.

    In the long run... Melissa McCarthy is A- happier B- more successful C- a better person and D- has way better karma than that douchebag anyway.

    Reminding myself of this is how I make myself feel better after reading stuff like this lol.
  • Dee0886
    by Dee0886
    February 9, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    me too. she stole my heart in Bridesmaids lol. 

    Quoting edelweiss23:

    I think she is adorable!!!


  • Dee0886
    by Dee0886
    February 9, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    exactly. I think there is a difference between being a critic and just being a downright a-hole. I wonder what this guy looks like....

    Quoting IandLoveandYou:

    I love her too, some people are just hateful.

    In the long run... Melissa McCarthy is A- happier B- more successful C- a better person and D- has way better karma than that douchebag anyway.

    Reminding myself of this is how I make myself feel better after reading stuff like this lol.


  • edelweiss23
    February 9, 2013 at 12:10 PM
    She seems happy in her own skin, which is great!!


    Quoting Dee0886:

    me too. she stole my heart in Bridesmaids lol. 

    Quoting edelweiss23:

    I think she is adorable!!!



  • mich.el.le
    February 9, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    I love her, but I do think it's sad that there's an underlying thought that fat people are supposed to be funny. I hated watching Chris Farley on SNL or in movies. It made me sad.

  • MomTo2Boys12
    February 9, 2013 at 12:13 PM


    Quoting edelweiss23:

    I think she is adorable!!!
  • momma2mms
    February 9, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    How mean. I love her. I think she is so talented. She hasn't had a short career either. I remember her from the Gilmore Girls.

  • annasew
    by annasew
    February 9, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    I love her!!  I dont care what the critics say.   She is funny and outgoing and has that here I am like me or not I dont care attitude.

  • HippiePotpie
    February 9, 2013 at 12:23 PM
    Melissa is funny but, Rebel Wilson is funnier. I am glad that there are 2 women who are over weight and unapologetic about it. I wish there would have been funny fat girls when I was growing up.

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