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Why Is Still Being Written About Melissa McCarthy’s Fat Shaming?


Ah, Melissa McCarthy. In my opinion one of the most talented and hardworking actress of her generation.

Melissa has been a staple of TV and movies for several decades now, but her movie breakthrough role came in 2011 when she starred in Bridesmaids. The Paul Feig directed comedy won her first Academy Award nomination (for Best supporting role) and what was remarkable about that was the fact that it was for a comedic performance. Not that many comedic performances are recognized by The Academy but Melissa proved everyone that she’s the boss of comedy.

She was hilarious, self-deprecating and all around bad-ass in that role, but thing is she still is to this day. Just last weekend she was one of the 5 Golden Globe nominees (in Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama category) and I couldn’t be happier for her.

I’d love to see her snag one more Oscar nomination this week for her role in Can You Ever Forgive Me, but if it doesn’t happen no big deal. She’s proven herself as one of the most talented and versatile actresses currently working in Hollywood. Just a little reminder that she plays Lee Israel, an author, known for her involvement in literary forgery. It’s estimated that she was involved in more than 400 separate forged letters, by deceased writers and actors.

However, if you write her name on your Google search bar you’ll find more articles about her weight than about her brilliant acting in Can You Ever Forgive Me? Why for the love of God? Why is her weight and her fat shaming incident still a topic of discussion in the mainstream media?

There is more to be said about Melissa. But no. All i’ve been reading in the past months were posts about how she was insulted and fat shamed by a reporter. She was shamed and made to feel less worthy because of her dress size. I get that she personally mentioned it several times, but how is this still newsworthy?

And besides, from what I understood, the incident happened during a press conference in 2013 or 2014, and is still a big topic today, almost 6 years later. It doesn’t have to be really. Look, I get that fat shaming is not something new, and even the women who are thinner than Melissa get fat shamed on an almost daily basis. I get that.

But why would the media focus solely on this incident even now, 6 years later? Is she a cautionary tale for all the plus size women out there? Or she’s the fat-shaming poster child for the tabloids? I don’t get it quite frankly.

Her role is Could You Ever Forgive is so amazing and trailblazing for all of the comedic actresses that want to transition into more dramatic roles, but nobody is pointing that out. Everybody is fixated on her fat-shaming incident that happened 6 years ago.

Stop it. How is this still news? How is this worthy of discussion? My suggestion is to watch her in Could You Ever Forgive me… Maybe then you’ll have something else to talk about… And white about too.



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