Melissa McCarthy wants body-shamers to know that sexism, bigotry and bias is NOT cool in her book.
On Wednesday, the star appeared on Ellen DeGeneres‘ show to promote her upcoming comedy, Spy. But more than promote, the actress wanted to share a particularly poignant story. During the 2014 Toronto Film Festival, McCarthy went head to head with a critic who made incredibly sexist comments about the Emmy winner’s appearance in a previous film, and decided to do some SCHOOLIN.’
“I said, ‘You know, would you do that to a man? John C. Riley played a really broken down character and looked terrible.’
I said, ‘I put a lot of time and effort into having her completely not look like she cared about herself. That was part of how I felt she felt on the inside. Would you ever say that to a man?’ And he goes, ‘Well, you really looked bad.’ And then I said, ‘I hopeÃ¢â¬Â¦do you have children? And he said, ‘I do.’ And I said, ‘I hope you don’t have a daughter.”
“When I said, ‘If she comes home and someone says you can’t have a job because you’re unattractive,’ are you gonna say, ‘That’s right?’
And he took that in his heart and he was like, ‘No, I would never want that to happen. I would never in a million years want that to happen.'”
Yeah, NOBODY wants that to happen. So let’s cut it out with the double standards. I know it’s prevalent (and especially because I’m a pop culture writer- I should know, I often poke fun for entertainment purposes), but in all seriousness, women and men needs much more equality in the industry and beyond. You dig? I DO.