I've been reading up on Jenny McCarthy's "defense" of her cousin Melissa McCarthy, regarding Rex Reed's recent, much vilified review of "The Identity Thief." Herein he refers to the actress as "hippo-sized," among other negative things. Here's my open letter to Jenny and everyone else that's jumped on the "Kill Rex Reed" bandwagon:
It's easy to understand your anger, but with all due respect, it stems from a lack of knowledge about Rex Reed, who HAS in fact called out smokers, drug users, fat men and just about anybody else who irritates him onscreen, and he's been doing it for years--In fact, it's made him famous!
Also, though I agree with everything you've said about MM, she's partly to blame here. Her roles in both IDENTITY THIEF and the upcoming film with Sandra Bullock play off her weight, and reinforce the stereotype that because she's obese, she's a knockabout (how many times is she involved in a punch-up?) bull-in-a-China-shop with a foul mouth and a tendency towards grossness. This is a real shame, considering the quality work she did in "Bridesmaids" and on TV in "Mike & Molly."
On one hand, you can blame Hollywood, who refuses to think of big women any other way (you'll find that overweight men are generally cast the same way) and on the other hand, you must place some blame on MM for taking these movie projects instead of holding out for better--She is, after all an Oscar nominee with a hit TV show; it's not like she takes these roles or perishes. Think about it.
Finally, Jenny: you put a point on your scorn by telling Reed to "go to hell," but he can quite easily (and justifiably) hit back with: "Hell is pretty much any movie featuring Jenny McCarthy!" Live by the sword, die by the sword! ;)
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