Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Mo'Nique responds to Rebel Wilson's 'plus-sized' romantic comedy claims

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Freda Brock | 06 November, 2018, 11:57

Rebel Wilson faced considerable criticism for proclaiming herself as the "first-ever plus-sized" lead in a romantic comedy, and her subsequent explanation only garnered her additional backlash.

A number of Twitter users have also come up with other romantic comedies that fit the bill of having plus-sized female leads, including 1994 Australian hit Muriel's Wedding starring Toni Collette.

She also apologised for blocking fans on Twitter who corrected her original comments.

This didn't sit well with viewers who later took to Twitter to point out that both Queen Latifah and Mo'Nique played lead roles in romantic comedies.

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She was also in London in September to join Meghan for the launch of a charity cookbook at Kensington Palace. She reportedly said she was "head over heels" with pride as Meghan helped prepare lunch for guests.

Wilson did respond to Mo'Nique when she directly reached out, but that doesn't seem to have stopped her from blocking people for saying exactly what Mo'Nique is saying. That same year, Mo'Nique starred as the "succulent" Jazmin Biltmore in "Phat Girlz", where she romanced a buff Nigerian doctor, Tunde Jonathan (Jimmy Jean-Louis), at a Palm Springs resort. Technically those actresses were plus size when filming those movies or 2. "Technically those films are categorized/billed [sic] as a studio rom-com with a sole lead", she wrote. Let's please not allow this business to erase our talent with giving grey areas and technicalities, ' the 50-year-old commented. "Let's please not allow this business to erase our talent with giving grey areas and technicalities", the Oscar victor said.

'Take a moment and know the history. Wilson eventually responded to a tweet from playwright Claire Willett and said she will address what happened "while promoting [Isn't it Romantic] in the proper forums".

'I support all plus size ladies and everything positive we are doing together'. Numerous people on called Wilson out directly on social media.

Liam Hemsworth, Priyanka Chopra, and Adam DeVine also star in the rom-com set for release on Valentine's Day, 2019.

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