Rebel Wilson Apologises For Blocking Black Critics On Twitter
Rebel Wilson faced backlash online this week after claiming she was the first plus-sized actress to take on a lead role in a rom-com.
Wilson made the comments on Ellen while plugging her upcoming film, Isn't It Romantic, saying she was "proud to be the first-ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy".
But fans were quick to point out that Wilson was forgetting the achievements of plus-sized black actresses such as Queen Latifah and Mo'Nique.
Wilson then doubled down on her comments, claiming that Queen Latifah and Mo'Nique weren't "technically" plus-sized at the time of filming and that their movies weren't "technically" studio rom-coms.
The Pitch Perfect actress was then accused of blocking people of colour on Twitter who pointed out she'd erased the work of black actresses.
Wilson wrote to Mo'Nique yesterday saying it was "never her intention to erase anyone else's achievements" but has now issued a more comprehensive apology.
The actress acknowledged that she had "neglected to show the proper respect" to actresses including Mo'Nique, Queen Latifah, Melissa McCarthy and Ricki Lake.
She also apologised for blocking critics on Twitter, writing that she was "hurting from the criticism".
"... Those are the people I actually need to hear more from, not less," she added.
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