Rebel Wilson Accused of Blocking Black Critics Over Plus-Size Rom-Com Comment
Actress Rebel Wilson got criticized on Twitter over a tweet she made about a new romantic comedy that she’s in.
Wilson, who is apparently white, claimed this rom com she is now starring in is the first rom com starring a plus-sized actress, but several people on twitter corrected her, saying that previously, other large-sized women, who are black actresses, had led in rom coms in years past.
Supposedly, Wilson didn’t appreciate this push-back, or perhaps became over-whelmed over the online backlash, and started blocking people on Twitter.
Rebel Wilson appeared in the 2011 movie “Bridesmaids,” in which actor Chris O’Dowd also appeared, though they did not have any scenes together.
I mention this because O’Dowd blocked me on Twitter over a year ago, even though I never even tweeted at him or used his Twitter handle in the tweets I made mentioning him,
This tells me that, obviously, O’Dowd goes through mentions of his name on Twitter for the specific purpose of seeing what people are saying about him and also for blocking anyone who says anything remotely critical or negative about him.
Wilson at least replied to a few of the critical Tweets she got before commencing with her Block Party on Twitter, which is more than I can say about O’Dowd, who blocks people on that platform who’ve never even tweeted at him, such as myself.
As far as Wilson’s recent behavior on Twitter, I myself don’t like to receive a lot of nasty or angry tweets from people on Twitter, especially in a short time span, so I myself am apt to block them.
I can only imagine how stressful and annoying it is to be a famous person on Twitter and receive a billion negative or hateful Tweets per minute from the public, so to a point, I am sympathetic with Wilson’s plight, and with her choice to start blocking people – though I can also understand the frustration of the people trying to tell her that she was mistaken in regards to her rom com comments.
But some critical people on Twitter are never satisfied: even should Wilson apologize or attempt to explain her side, I bet she will still receive hate-filled rants from people – that is how Twitter is.
Update (I hope the Twitter mob gets off Wilson’s back now): Rebel Wilson Apologizes for Not Acknowledging Other Plus-Size Actresses in Rom-Com Roles
[Wilson Tweeted]: “I blocked people on Twitter because I was hurting from the criticism, but those are the people I actually need to hear from more,” she wrote after drawing criticism for claiming that she is the first plus-size actress to star in a romantic comedy.
…”I fully take all the comments onboard though so thank you,” she [Wilson] added. To another user who pointed out the same thing, she wrote: “Great points honey, thank you x will address when promoting the film in proper forums. I’m all about supporting plus size women and I work so hard to do so. I never want to disrespect anyone.
by Stereo Williams
“I’m proud to be the first-ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy,” Wilson said to host Ellen DeGeneres.
Wilson also wrote on Instagram, “I’m proud to be the first plus size girl to be the lead in a studio rom-com. PLUS this is the first movie I get a producer credit on.”
Wilson’s proclamation was immediately met with pushback across social media, as commentators pointed out that stars like Mo’Nique and Queen Latifah have been starring in romantic comedies for years now.
Rebel Wilson Accused of Blocking Black Critics Over Plus-Size Rom-Com Comment by Rachel Wang, November 2018
Rebel Wilson stirred up controversy last week when she claimed she was the first plus-sized actress to star in a romantic comedy film, and now she’s apparently blocked so many critics over the questionable comment to spawn a #RebelWilsonBlockedMe hashtag.
The “Bridesmaids” star appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Oct. 31 to discuss her new film, “Isn’t It Romantic.” She claimed that she was the “first-ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy.”
In a tweet that has since received 16,000 likes, a Twitter user corrected her, referencing both Queen Latifah and Mo’Nique. Queen Latifah starred in 2006’s “The Last Holiday” and 2010’s “Just Wright,” while the Mo’Nique vehicle, “Phat Girlz,“ came out in 2006.
Wilson then earned further criticism when she defended the comment on Twitter. “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 categorized/billed [sic] as a studio rom-com with a sole lead,” she wrote.