By Matt Singer | Criticwire June 24, 2013 at 11:50AM
Guys, we can't be clear enough about this: Rex Reed does not give any hoots about the controversy surrounding his remarks about Melissa McCarthy or her weight. None. Zero hoots.
He doesn't care if you thought it was cruel or insensitive when he called the "Bridesmaids" star a "tractor-sized" "humongous" "female hippo" in his review of "Identity Thief." He doesn't care that McCarthy eventually responded by telling The New York Times that if she'd received Reed's review when she was younger, "it may have crushed [her]." If you ask him about it -- as Us Weekly did on Friday -- he will tell you the same thing: he's not sorry for anything.
Here was Reed's quote to Us:
"I can only repeat what I have said before -- that I do not have, nor have I ever had, anything personal against people who suffer from obesity... what I object to is the disgusting attempt to pretend obesity is funny. It is not remotely humorous, and every obese comedian who ever made jokes about the disease are now dead from strokes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. 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."
So again, when Reed called McCarthy a "screeching, humongous creep" and "a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success" he wasn't being mean-spirited -- he was being a crusading advocate for obesity awareness.
As a reminder, McCarthy's new film "The Heat" opens in theaters this Friday. Golly gee! I wonder what Rex is going to think of this one!
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