Last week we ALL went nuts over film critic Rex Reed’s horrific comments about Melissa McCarthy. Not only did he go off on her new movie, “Identity Thief,” but he also attacked Melissa personally. Among some of the horrible things he said, he called her a “cacophonus, tractor-sized female hippo.” He also dismissed her completely, saying she’s “a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success.”
Apparently Rex tried to defend himself after the wave of backlash he received, saying his comments “are what sold tickets.” Does that make what he said better? He added he objects “to using health issues like obesity as comedy talking points. That’s what this girl does, this Melissa Manchester.” What? He doesn’t even get her name right? He says “I have too many friends that have died of obesity-related illnesses, heart problems and diabetes… I have helped people try to lose weight, and I don’t find this to be the subject of a lot of humor.”
I think he made it worse. He needs to keep his mouth SHUT. One person who agrees with me is Melissa’s cousin, Jenny McCarthy.
Don’t mess with Jenny McCarthy’s family. One week after veteran film critic Rex Reed attacked the actress’ cousin Melissa McCarthy in a scathing write-up of the movie Identity Thief, the 40-year-old former Playboy model is speaking out. And she’s not mincing any words.
“[Melissa is] very talented and people know that,” McCarthy told E! News of the Bridesmaids star. As for Rex Reed? “He can go to hell.”
Reed, a critic for the New York Observer, has been under fire from many corners since Feb. 5, when he called Melissa McCarthy “tractor-sized” and a “female hippo” in his review of her latest hit comedy, co-starring Jason Bateman. He also accused the Oscar-nominated actress of being “a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success.”
“That’s obnoxious in itself,” Jenny McCarthy told E! of Reed’s insults. “For anyone to attack like that, it’s just wrong and hurtful, and it doesn’t do anyone any good.”
I will say this. I saw ‘Identity Thief’ this week – and it is AWFUL. Like BEYOND bad. Probably one of the worst movies I’ve seen in a while, and that’s saying something. I’ve seen a lot of bad movies. I was super disappointed, because the trailer was hilarious. One of my favorite trailers of the year! The movie was mind-numbingly stupid. The funny parts in the trailer were the ONLY funny parts in the movie. There was nothing more to it.
I would highly recommend you SKIP the movie, it’s NOT funny. At all….