"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."
Don't fuck with Rex Reed, he's read the First Amendment -- and he's a doctor! Maybe the dude should be the next Surgeon General. Meanwhile, Melissa McCarthy is taking the high road, pointing out that Reed's comments weren't just a stupid insult to her but a dangerous statement for younger actresses still finding their confidence. "I felt really bad for someone who is swimming in so much hate. I just thought, that's someone who's in a really bad spot, and I am in such a happy spot. I laugh my head off every day with my husband and my kids who are mooning me and singing me songs," she told the New York Times.
“The Heat” is out on Friday. We're sure Reed's review will be Pulitzer Prize material.