After blocking black women on Twitter for criticizing her plus-size comments, Rebel Wilson apologizes

Rebel Wilson, known best for her role in the seemingly endless
Pitch Perfect franchise, is starring in the upcoming
rom-com-musical Isn’t It Romantic alongside Adam
Devine and Liam Hemsworth. And, by her own estimation on
The Ellen DeGeneres Show last week, she is the first
plus-sized actress to lead a rom-com.

Not so, the internet quickly and robustly let her know.

In fact, as all rom-com aficionados should know, Queen Latifah
starred in the underrated gem Last Holiday in 2006 and
Just Wright in 2010, while Mo’Nique also starred in
the lesser known Phat Girlz in 2006. When Twitter
users pointed this out to Wilson, the actress doubled-down,
tweeting, “Of course know of these movies but it was
questionable as to whether: 1. Technically those actresses were
plus size when filming those movies or 2. Technically those
films are catorgorized/billed as a studio rom-com with a sole
lead. So there’s a slight grey area.”

When black female critics and fans suggested that both Queen
Latifah and Mo’Nique had been overlooked because they’re black
actresses, the actress began blocking them, inciting a
#RebelWilsonBlockedMe trend.

As playwright Claire Willett tweeted, “There’s a disturbingly
common thing in fat white girl culture where fat women of
colour – Black women in particular – are shut out of the
conversation about body positivity, media stereotyping,
representation, etc. Sometimes it’s rooted in the deep divide
on TV, in movies and in the media between the Fat White Woman
and the Fat Black Woman, who are two completely different s—-y
one-dimensional stereotypes. The Fat White Woman is a pathetic
cat lady. The Fat Black Woman is ‘sassy.’”

Mo’Nique also tweeted at Wilson, writing, “Let’s please not
allow this business to erase our talent with giving grey areas
and technicalities. Take a moment and know the history. DON’T
BE A PART OF ERASING IT. I wish you the best.”

Wilson responded, writing, “It was never my intention to erase
anyone else’s achievements and I adore you and Queen Latifah so
so much x I support all plus size ladies and everything
positive we are doing together.”

By Monday, Wilson had tweeted an apology: “In a couple of
well-intentioned moments, hoping to lift my fellow plus sized
women up, I neglected to show the proper respect to those who
climbed this mountain before me like Mo’Nique, Queen Latifah,
Melissa McCarthy, Ricki Lake and likely many others. … To be
part of a problem I was hoping I was helping makes it that much
more embarrassing & hard to acknowledge. I blocked people
on Twitter because I was hurting from the criticism, but those
are the people I actually need to hear from more, not less.
Again, I am deeply sorry.”

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