Thursday 19 September 2019

Rebel Wilson's claim that she is the first plus-size star in a rom-com has irked the internet

Rebel Wilson in the Isn't It Romantic trailer
Rebel Wilson in the Isn't It Romantic trailer
Rebel Wilson in the Isn't It Romantic trailer
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Rebel Wilson is rightfully proud of what looks to be a career-changing role as the lead in Isn't it Romantic.

The Australian actress has been not-so-quietly making waves for herself as a comedic force to be reckoned with, with supporting and scene-stealing roles in the Pitch Perfect franchise, How to be Single and Bridesmaids, so her latest foray as a lead is part of a natural career trajectory. Rebel (37) was rightfully proud at her achievement, in particular, because she is changing what has been the clichéd expectation of what a leading lady in Hollywood should look like.

In an interview on the Ellen show, she said: "I am proud to be the first-ever plus size girl to be the star of a romantic comedy," Wilson told DeGeneres, also mentioning that the film is her debut as a producer."

However, many were quick to point out the inaccuracy in her claim, which was downright false, pointing out that Queen Latifah has starred in a number of romantic comedies. When someone tweeted her pointing out that both Latifah and Mo'Nique had starring rom-com parts, she responded: "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."

Her explanation didn't do many favours in the eyes of critics though - either way, it's still pretty cool that someone who isn't a size six is playing Liam Hemsworth's love interest, former Miss World Priyanka Chopra is a supporting part, and she isn't making fun of herself, her size - in fact, her size isn't even acknowledged, which is a pretty good place to be.

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