Rebel Wilson faces backlash after her 'plus size rom-com lead' comment

Rebel Wilson has doubled down on a post stating she is the first plus sized rom-com star

Wilson, who produced the movie, plays a woman trapped inside a romantic comedy after finding herself disillusioned with love.

She also apologised for blocking fans on Twitter who corrected her original comments. "Queen Latifah and Mo'Nique have both played romcom leads", a user tweeted. Technically those actresses were plus size when filming those movies or 2.

First, it is clear from a quick Google search that Wilson's original statement wasn't true - did she do any research at all? Technically those films are categorised/billed as a studio rom-com with a sole lead.

For one, Just Wright and Last Holiday starring Queen Latifah, as well as Phat Girlz with Mo'Nique.

"Let's please not allow this business to erase our talent with giving grey areas and technicalities", the Oscar victor wrote, urging Rebel to "take a moment and know the history" and avoid being "a part of erasing it".

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By Saturday, Mo'Nique herself chimed in on Twitter, suggesting Wilson "take a moment and know the history" of romantic comedies before making such bold claims about her casting. "I wish you the best". Film critic ReBecca Theodore-Vachon summed up the deeper problem of Wilson's claim and behavior succinctly, saying, "Black women's bodies don't matter when it comes to White women like Rebel Wilson".

While Wilson has yet to apologise, in another tweet to playwright Claire Willett she promised that she "will address [the argument] when promoting the film in proper forums".

'I support all plus size ladies and everything positive we are doing together'.

Reflecting: She finished: "I blocked people on Twitter because I was hurting from the criticism, but those are the people I actually need to hear from more, not less".

Liam Hemsworth, Priyanka Chopra, and Adam DeVine also star in the rom-com set for release on Valentine's Day, 2019.

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