Most of us have heard by now about the film critic, Rex Reed, making personal attacks on actress, Melissa McCarthy, in a recently published New York Observer review of her movie, Identity Thief. Not only does the critic slam the movie itself (not surprising when Rotten Tomatoes lists it as an abysmal 24% rotten), but Reed took it upon himself to bring to the attention of his readers that McCarthy is fat. But he doesn’t just call her fat, he uses descriptions like “tractor-sized” and “female hippo” to describe her physique. (Which, to his credit, are new ones to me in the realm of fat-shaming insults.)
Melissa McCarthy is a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success. Poor Jason Bateman. How did an actor so charming, talented, attractive and versatile get stuck in so much dreck?
Society-at-large would appreciate a critique of a movie or anything critique-worthy to be judged on its merit, not ruthlessly picked apart at the insult of its characters’ physical traits. It takes a real critic to judge something without insulting or demeaning. Though he’s been in the business of criticizing for way (too many) years, Mr. Reed proves he is no real critic, and his negative attention may have aided the movie in the success of this past weekend’s #1 position at the box office.
Turns out, Rex Reed didn’t die sad and alone 10 years ago. Nope. He’s alive and starving for attention, so lets give him some.
— Eric Stonestreet (@ericstonestreet) February 8, 2013
“Rex Reed hasn’t been relevant since Superman 1″ -Al Roker, Today
“Rex Reed, I chose not to care.” -Linda Holmes, NPR blogger
Angie Lynch is the founder and managing editor of the powerhouse women’s literary community, Smut Book Club. She is a Native Floridian without a tan, probably because she spends her days hard at work on the magical internet. For the past several years, Angie has worked way too hard at building clout as an influencer in food and margaritas as well as being a source for laughable pop culture commentary. You can read more from Angie on her blog, A Whole Lot of Nothing.
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