Critic slammed for calling Melissa McCarthy ‘tractor-sized’
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By Meriah Doty | Movie Talk – 11 hours ago
McCarthy at the premiere for 'Identity Thief' on Feb. 4 in Los Angeles (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)There are two sacred rules when it comes to commenting on a woman's looks: Never comment on a lady's pregnant belly before verifying that she
is, in fact, with child; and never never -- under any circumstances -- call out a woman for being overweight.
New York Observer critic Rex Reed broke the second of those rules this week when he called "Identity Thief" star Melissa McCarthy "tractor-sized" and her character a "humongous creep" in his pan of the comedy that lands in theaters this weekend.
As if that wasn't enough, Reed's review is riddled with even more weight-related insults, calling the Academy Award-nominated, 42-year-old mother of two a "hippo" and "a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success."
Oh no he didn't!
Not only did readers come to McCarthy's defense in the comments section of Reed's online article, but people took to Twitter to air their grievances against the seasoned, 74-year-old film critic: