Okay so Identity Thief looks like it will not be a great movie.
But we’re not talking about Identity Thief right now. No, we’re talking about the New York Observer’s movie critic Rex Reed and his review of the movie. When you review something, there is a rule, or at least I impose that rule on myself, and I’m sure others do so as well, you can hate the movie or the characters. You can even poke fun at bad fashion. Everyone does it.
However, you don’t direct personal attacks on the actors themselves. Least of all, you don’t attack the actors’ physical appearances.
Mister Reed, however, seems to not have a problem with this.
In his review of the movie Identity Thief, Mister Reed called Academy Award nominated, Emmy award winning actress Melissa McCarthy the following: “tractor-sized”, “hippo”, and “obese”.
Mister Reed, as someone who has been bullied based on her weight and struggled with my body image for a good part of my life; you can bend over and kiss my fat ass.
Because clearly, sir, you are a bully of the highest caliber. You resorted to name calling against a very talented and respected comedic actress.
Mister Reed’s critique of the movie is grossly inappropriate and insulting to me as a woman in general as well as to me as a person of good taste. You can critique someone’s performance but you do not go after them as a person.
Especially when something is an admitted sore spot, McCarthy has come out saying that she dealt with body image issues growing up.
“Sometimes I wish I were just magically a size 6 and I never had to give it a single thought. But I am weirdly healthy, so I don’t beat myself up about it — it wouldn’t help, and I don’t want to pass that on to my girls,” she said in an interview Good Housekeeping. “You just have to say, ‘It’s pretty damn good. I am right here at the moment and I’m OK with it. I’ve got other things to think about.’”
And isn’t that the most important thing? So what if McCarthy is a woman of a certain size? As long as people attempt to be healthy and have a good image of themselves isn’t that the most important thing? People seem to have no problem focusing on her talent except you, Mister Reed.
Mister Reed’s verbal assault on McCarthy just shows his own ignorance as well as a certain type of misogyny. Yeah that’s right I said misogyny. McCarthy represents only a few women of a certain size in Hollywood. I can name several girls who would call her their role model because she is a respected actress and not rail thin. While thin actresses tend are still out there the women with the curves are coming out in full force: Melissa McCarthy, Amber Riley, Sophia Vergara, Queen Latifah, and more. These are women who do not fit the stereotypical mold of an actress but they are well respected and beloved because of their talent, not their weight.
And it makes me angry and hurt that such a thing would still be a deciding factor in a movie review.
Even if the movie wasn’t very good; you still need to remember that these people have feelings and issues.
Clearly though Mister Reed could give less than a damn about that.