Rebel Wilson apologizes after plus-size statements

Lawrence Kim
November 8, 2018

The 38-year-old star, taking on the lead role in the upcoming romantic comedy titled "Isn't It Romantic" declared herself in one of her interviews with Ellen DeGeneres as the first plus-sized actor to star in a lead-role.

Now the Pitch Perfect star has taken to Twitter to explain her actions and apologise for not showing "the proper respect" to those who came before her and forged a path for actors of all shapes and sizes to slay regardless. And for that reason, "it makes it that much more embarrassing and hard to acknowledge".

This prompted Wilson to apologise on Tuesday for her "incredibly hurtful" comments and the fact she blocked Twitter users who had attempted to correct her. Again, I am deeply sorry'.

Though Wilson apologized for her comment, she did not address accusations that she was silencing voices of color.

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

In addition, Wilson shared the same message on her Instagram last Thursday, writing: "I'm proud to be the first plus size girl to be the lead in a studio rom-com".

Still, Wilson stood her ground amid the backlash, insisting on Twitter there were some "grey areas and technicalities" around what constitutes a rom-com, and proceeded to block critics on Twitter who said otherwise.

At the time, Rebel doubled down and replied that there is a "slight grey area" in the debate, causing more friction with the online community and a reaction from Mo'Nique herself. She claimed that she was the "first-ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy".

Mo'Nique tweeted the Australian star, urging her to not "erase our talent", and she replied that she hadn't meant to do so, although she stopped short of apologizing. "I wish you the best".

She did, however, respond to Mo'Nique when the Oscar-winning actress joined the conversation to remind her not to erase black women. "I support all plus size ladies and everything positive we are doing together".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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