Tuesday 16 January 2018

James Dempsey: ‘Female hippo’ McCarthy says it best by not reacting to slur

Melissa McCarthy
Melissa McCarthy

WHEN it comes to reacting to vicious personal attacks in the public domain, we could all learn a lesson from Identity Thief star Melissa McCarthy.

Some would describe her as larger than life. Others as curvy or stout. Plump. Broad. Solid. Hefty. Personally, I think doughy has a nice moreishness to it. Regardless of which adjective you use to proportion the Emmy award-winning actress, there’s no point in avoiding the elephant in the room – Melissa McCarthy is a heavy woman.

It was this weighty fact that New York Observer film critic Rex Reed chose to labour in his now infamous review of Identity Thief. Deriding the film, not entirely inaccurately, as a “five-minute idea [stretched] into 107 minutes of contrived drivel”, Reed’s real ire focussed itself firmly on the Bridesmaids star. Describing McCarthy as a “cacophonous, tractor-sized… female hippo”, Reed went on to call her a “gimmick comedienne who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success.”

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