Rex Reed refuses to apologize for Melissa McCarthy obesity comments
New York Observer film critic Rex Reed has refused to apologize to Melissa McCarthy for his February review of Identity Thief, in which he called the actress "tractor-sized," a "hippo" and a "“a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success.” Because hey, that movie sucked.
"I can only repeat what I have said before -- that I do not have, nor have I ever had, anything personal against people who suffer from obesity," he told Us Weekly via email. "What I object to is the disgusting attempt to pretend obesity is funny. It is not remotely humorous, and every obese comedian who ever made jokes about the disease are now dead from strokes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes."
The comments resurfaced recently in a New York Times profile of McCarthy, in which she simply said she "felt really bad for someone who is swimming in so much hate." Speaking of which, Reed concluded, "As a critic whose opinions are constitutionally protected by law, I stand by all of my original remarks about Melissa McCarthy's obesity, which I consider about as amusing as cancer, and apologize for nothing."
Oh, we don't think anyone was doubting your constitutional right to be a jackass, Rex; The Juice*, for one thing, was simply wondering why you took such issue with McCarthy using her weight to comedica effect, when you could have easily done that to folks like John Goodman, Kevin James, John Candy or any other number of male comic actors. Funny how Melissa got singled out, even if the movie was pretty ho-hum.