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Critic Rex Reed Calls Melissa McCarthy a “Hippo”

Rex Reed & Melissa McCarthy
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Is Rex Reed just a big jerk?

“Mike and Molly” and “identity Thief” Comedic actress Melissa McCarthy’s earned the biggest ever film opening so far this year with a take of over $36 in box office receipts. And it was last week that veteran film critic Rex Reed panned the film and went on to personally insult Melissa McCarthy. In his review in The New York Observer, Reed delivered insult after insult about the overweight actress, referring to her as “tractor-sized,” “a humongous creep” and a “female hippo.” But this hideous critique is earning this blow hard some blow back from Hollywood stars. Here is the latest from abcnewsblogs.com:

“Turns out, Rex Reed didn’t die sad and alone 10 years ago. Nope. He’s alive and starving for attention, so lets give him some,” “Modern Family” star Eric Stonestreet, who also appears in “Identity Thief,” wrote Friday on Twitter.
Actor Chad Lowe seconded the sentiment with this tweet: “Film critic sideshow #RexReed’s personal attack on actress Melissa McCarthy is vile & unacceptable. The @NewYorkObserver should fire him.”
And comedienne Roseanne Barr, who once famously used her weight as comic relief, added her voice to McCarthy’s supporters, tweeting: “you are a great comedian-your body is your instrument-you play it expertly.”
While neither Reed nor McCarthy would comment to ABC News, McCarthy has been open about her weight struggles.
In November she told CNN anchor Anderson Cooper that she was never going to be a stick-thin starlet.
“I think two kids and 41, it just … there’s so many other things to worry about,” she told Cooper. “I think the kids are healthy, I’ve got a great husband and I go to work every day and do what I want. I’ll keep working on the other. I just can’t put any time to worrying about it.”
The actress is also helping other women embrace their curves. She recently told Larry King that she was launching her own plus-size clothing line.

 

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