Rebel Wilson sorry for claiming to be first plus-size comedy star

Sergio Cunningham
November 6, 2018

Rebel Wilson has doubled down on a post stating she is the first plus sized rom-com star.

"With the help of some very compassionate and well-thought out responses from others on social media, I now realize what I said was not only wrong but also incredibly hurtful", she said. Several dozen people have been blocked, many of them Twitter-verified Black people and plus-sized people in the entertainment industry.

Rebel Wilson has apologised for the comments she had made about "plus-sized" women actors in Hollywood.

Amazingly, Wilson saw the tweet and responded, defending her claim. Even Mo'Nique felt the need to chime in, encouraging the actress to avoid putting rom-coms with a black lead in a "grey area". In addition, Wilson shared the same message on her Instagram last Thursday, writing: "I'm proud to be the first plus size girl to be the lead in a studio rom-com".

Commentators took to Twitter to point out that actresses such as Mo-Nique and Queen Latifah have paved the way before her, but Wilson refused to be corrected, questioning whether "technically those actresses were plus size".

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Wilson produced and will star in Isn't It Romantic, a film about a woman disenchanted with love who mysteriously finds herself trapped inside a romantic comedy.

Recalling the time she had an epiphany to pile on the pounds and focus on comedy, the star added: "I was like, 'Oh".

Mo'Nique tweeted the Australian star, urging her to not "erase our talent", and she replied that she hadn't meant to do so, although she stopped short of apologizing.

However, a reply from Mo'Nique, asking Wilson to "take a moment and know the history".

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". "I support all plus size ladies and everything positive we are doing together".

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