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Rex Reed Won't Apologize to Melissa McCarthy

  • By Matt Singer
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  • June 24, 2013 11:50 AM
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"As a critic whose opinions are constitutionally protected by law, I stand by all of my original remarks about Melissa McCarthy's obesity, which I consider about as amusing as cancer, and apologize for nothing."

Melissa McCarthy Responds to Rex Reed's 'Identity Thief' Review

  • By Matt Singer
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  • June 14, 2013 12:02 AM
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In his review of this spring's "Identity Thief," New York Observer film critic Rex Reed called its star, Melissa McCarthy, a "tractor-sized" "humongous" "female hippo" and "a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success." Later, he addressed the controversy generated by his comments on WOR Radio, where he refused to apologize, said that he objected to people "using health issues like obesity as comic talking points," and insisted that his review was "constitutionally protected, so there's nothing anybody can do" to stop him.

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