Rebel Wilson Faces Backlash Over Comments Made On 'The Ellen Show'

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Fans of Rebel know she is no stranger to contention and controversy. And now, she's dealing with a new batch of problems. One Twitter user wrote, "I love @RebelWilson as much as the next girl, but she isn't the first plus sized woman to play the lead in a romantic comedy".

On the Ellen Degeneres Show on Halloween, Wilson said she was the "first-ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy".

Rebel Wilson has apologised for comments she made last week that ruffled some feathers in the film community.

The 2006 film The Last Holiday starred Queen Latifah while Phat Girlz, also from 2006, starred Mo'Nique.

Rebel responded promptly, Tweeting: "Hi Monique, it was never my intention to erase anyone else's achievements and I adore you and Queen Latifah so so much".

Wilson tweeted that she believes there is a "grey area" about whether Queen Latifah and Mo'Nique could be considered plus-size, and whether their films were categorized as single-lead romantic comedies.

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.

In response, Rebel said that technically those actresses weren't plus-sized when filming, and those movies weren't "categorized/billed" as romantic-comedies.

Some people online also mentioned the fact that both films were led by women of colour. She has since apologized.

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.

As most know, the body positivity movement has really picked up steam, including with the rise of supermodel Ashley Graham, and the inclusion of other "plus-sized" figures.



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