Melissa McCarthy Opens Up About Being Called A ‘Hippo’ In Nasty Review

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Melissa McCarthy Opens Up About Being Called A ‘Hippo’ In Nasty Review

A couple of months ago, when ‘Identity Thief’ first came out, a reviewer named Rex Reed wrote an incredibly harsh review of the movie. It would have been fine if Reed kept his criticisms about the movie to the actual story and plot, but he somehow felt the need to drag in Melissa McCarthy’s weight into his criticisms.

He called McCarthy ‘a hippo’ and ‘tractor sized’ in his review, which was widely trashed by the public.

However, McCarthy herself has finally opened up about her reaction to the review, which she admits that she did hear about. She explains that her initial response was, “Really?  Why would someone O.K. that?”

Later, she added, “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.” She also explains that had she read the review when she was younger, she would have been ‘crushed’. As it is, she’s worried about the type of effect that these reviews will have on young girls, adding, “[Those young girls] are not in a place in their life where they can say, ‘That doesn’t reflect on me.’”

What do you guys think about Rex Reed’s comment, and Melissa’s reaction to his review? Let us know in the comments.

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4 Comments
  1. jody says

    if people can be called beautiful then others can be called ugly. there is no smart without stupid, no tall without short, no brave without craven, no positive without negative. this is fact, this is physics, this is reality – there are no winners without losers.

    sorry hippo lady.

  2. cathy says

    It is just immature name calling – if the reviewer had a better command of the English lanuage, he would not have had to resort to insults about her physical appearance.

  3. jody says

    if people can be called beautiful then others can be called ugly. there is no smart without stupid, no tall without short, no brave without craven, no positive without negative. this is fact, this is physics, this is reality – there are no winners without losers.

    sorry hippo lady.

  4. cathy says

    It is just immature name calling – if the reviewer had a better command of the English lanuage, he would not have had to resort to insults about her physical appearance.

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