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

06 November 2018

Without fact-checking, Rebel Wilson has declared herself the "first-ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy" while promoting her new film, Isn't It Romantic.

Rebel Wilson is under fresh fire for appearing to block critics of colour who have taken issue with her comments on plus-size rom-coms.

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Rebel Wilson has found herself at the centre of some almighty backlash over her upcoming film, Isn't It Romantic?

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.

Fans have also pointed out that actress and rapper Queen Latifah, 48, also starred in the 2006 rom-com Last Holiday. "I wish you the best", tweeted Mo'Nique, 50, whose real name is Monique Angela Hicks. Mo'Nique, who's earned an Academy-Award for her performance in Precious and was featured in Phat Girlz, took to Twitter to remind 38-year-old Wilson her new gig isn't ground-breaking.

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The actress produced the film Isn't It Romantic, which she stars in alongside Liam Hemsworth and Priyanka Chopra.

This didn't sit well with viewers who later took to Twitter to point out that both Queen Latifah and Mo'Nique played lead roles in romantic comedies.

Rebel eventually responded to one of the tweets pointing out these films and wrote, "Yeah I of course know of these movies but it was questionable as to whether: 1".

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.

Wilson mostly didn't interact with these critiques-though she did reply to one person saying she thought those movies were in a "grey area". "I support all plus size ladies and everything positive we are doing together".

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