Published: Tue, November 06, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

'Deeply sorry': Rebel Wilson apologises for plus-size claim


Rebel Wilson faced considerable criticism for proclaiming herself as the "first-ever plus-sized" lead in a romantic comedy, and her subsequent explanation only garnered her additional backlash.

The 38-year-old Australian actress will star in the upcoming film, Isn't It Romantic, about a New Yorker who bumps her head and wakes up in a world characterized by romantic-comedy clichés and jokes.

Wilson replied that it wasn't her intention to "erase anyone's achievements", but other people pointed out that she had been blocking women of color for trying to facilitate a dialogue. Queen Latifah starred in 2006's "The Last Holiday" and 2010's "Just Wright", while the Mo'Nique vehicle, "Phat Girlz, " came out in 2006.

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- Halfapintdoll (@Halfapintdoll) November 1, 2018 Wilson responded to the tweet, but only to defend her already incorrectly proven statement.

Meanwhile Mo'Nique spoke out and tweeted at Rebel after hearing about her comments, saying: 'Let's please not allow this business to erase our talent with giving grey areas and technicalities'.

While the audience cheered, it didn't take long for many on Twitter to raise their digital eyebrow and counter Wilson's claim by mentioning actresses Mo'Nique and Queen Latifah.

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Twitter was quick to point out, however, that Wilson overlooked a number of plus-size actresses who've starred in romantic comedies before. Technically those films are categorised/billed as a studio rom-com with a sole lead. "I wish you the best", Mo'Nique tweeted. So there's a slight grey area, ' she wrote. She's blocked so many people that they're now using a hashtag: #RebelWilsonBlockedMe.

"I'm all about supporting plus-size women and I work so hard to do so".

Liam Hemsworth, Adam DeVine and Priyanka Chopra will also appear in the film that is due for release early next year.

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