Rebel Wilson slammed over social media for 'first ever plus-size' comment
Actor Rebel Wilson is facing flak on social media after claiming to be the first ever plus-sized female star of a romantic comedy film.
The 'Pitch Perfect' star, who recently discussed her upcoming film "Isn't It Romantic" on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' said "I'm kind of proud to be the first-ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy," reported E! Online.
In the interview, Wilson also talked about her role and how it has shattered Hollywood stereotypes, according to Fox News.
However, Wilson's claim has sparked a debate on social media, with people pointing out that stars such as Queen Latifah, Mo'Nique and Ricki Lake were some of the first few to appear as plus-size female movie leads.
Movie buffs even took to Twitter to cite several examples to prove their point.
One user, who tagged Wilson in a tweet, said "You're not the first though, @RebelWilson. Mo'nique, Queen Latifah, Melissa McCarthy, Kathy Bates, Gabby Sidibe, Octavia Spencer, and so many more have done it way before any of us knew who you were," he wrote.
"I love @RebelWilson as much as the next girl, but she isn't the first plus sized woman to play the lead in a romantic comedy. Queen Latifah and Mo'Nique have both played romcom leads," said another user.
The 'Bridesmaids' actor, in turn, clarified her comment while responding to a user. "Hey girl! Yeah I of course know of these movies but it was questionable as to whether: 1. Technically those actresses were plus size when filming those movies or 2. Technically those films are catorgorized/billed as a studio rom-com with a sole lead. So there's a slight grey area," she said.
"I fully take all the comments onboard though so thank you," she added.
Directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, the film will hit the big screens on Valentine's Day in 2019.