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Rebel Wilson apologises for claiming she’s the ‘first plus-size woman’ to play the lead in a rom com

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Rebel Wilson apologises for claiming she’s the ‘first plus-size woman’ to play the lead in a rom com

She made headlines and caused a stir when she claimed she was the ‘first plus-size woman’ to take a lead role in a romantic comedy.

And on Tuesday, Australian actress Rebel Wilson apologised for her controversial comments, after copping backlash from fans and after American actress Mo’Nique spoke out to correct her. 

Taking to Twitter, Rebel, 38, tweeted in part: ‘I neglected to show the proper respect to those who climbed this mountain before me.’

'I didn't show proper respect to those who climbed this mountain before me': Rebel Wilson (pictured) apologised to stars including Mo'Nique after claiming she's the 'first plus-size woman' to play the lead in a romantic comedy

'I didn't show proper respect to those who climbed this mountain before me': Rebel Wilson (pictured) apologised to stars including Mo'Nique after claiming she's the 'first plus-size woman' to play the lead in a romantic comedy

‘I didn’t show proper respect to those who climbed this mountain before me’: Rebel Wilson (pictured) apologised to stars including Mo’Nique after claiming she’s the ‘first plus-size woman’ to play the lead in a romantic comedy

‘In a couple of well-intentioned moments, hoping to lift my fellow plus-sized women up, I neglected to show the proper respect to those who climbed this mountain before me like Mo’Nique, Queen Latifah, Melissa McCarthy, Ricki Lake and likely many others,’ Rebel tweeted.

She also apologised for blocking fans on Twitter who corrected her original comments.

‘With the help of some very compassionate and well-thought out responses from others on social media, I now realise what I said was not only wrong but also incredibly hurtful.’

Hitting back: Rebel apologised for her controversial comments, after copping backlash from fans and after American actress Mo'Nique (pictured) spoke out to correct her

Hitting back: Rebel apologised for her controversial comments, after copping backlash from fans and after American actress Mo'Nique (pictured) spoke out to correct her

Hitting back: Rebel apologised for her controversial comments, after copping backlash from fans and after American actress Mo’Nique (pictured) spoke out to correct her

Apologising: Taking to Twitter, Rebel, 38, tweeted in part: 'I neglected to show the proper respect to those who climbed this mountain before me'

Apologising: Taking to Twitter, Rebel, 38, tweeted in part: 'I neglected to show the proper respect to those who climbed this mountain before me'

Apologising: Taking to Twitter, Rebel, 38, tweeted in part: ‘I neglected to show the proper respect to those who climbed this mountain before me’

Explaining herself: She also apologised for blocking fans on Twitter who corrected her original comments

Explaining herself: She also apologised for blocking fans on Twitter who corrected her original comments

Explaining herself: She also apologised for blocking fans on Twitter who corrected her original comments

Reflecting: She finished: 'I blocked people on Twitter because I was hurting from the criticism, but those are the people I actually need to hear from more, not less. Again, I am deeply sorry'

Reflecting: She finished: 'I blocked people on Twitter because I was hurting from the criticism, but those are the people I actually need to hear from more, not less. Again, I am deeply sorry'

Reflecting: She finished: ‘I blocked people on Twitter because I was hurting from the criticism, but those are the people I actually need to hear from more, not less. Again, I am deeply sorry’

‘To be part of a problem I was hoping I was helping makes it that much more embarrassing and hard to acknowledge.’

She finished: ‘I blocked people on Twitter because I was hurting from the criticism, but those are the people I actually need to hear from more, not less. Again, I am deeply sorry.’

Her apology comes after she appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday, and quipped: ‘I’m proud to be the first-ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy’.

It was that bold comment which caused a backlash, with several viewers of the show taking to Twitter to question Rebel’s claim.

One wrote: ‘I love @RebelWilson as much as the next girl, but she isn’t the first plus-sized woman to play the lead in a romantic comedy. Queen Latifah and Mo’Nique have both played rom-com leads’.

Bold: Her apology comes after she appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday, and quipped: 'I'm proud to be the first-ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy'

Bold: Her apology comes after she appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday, and quipped: 'I'm proud to be the first-ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy'

Bold: Her apology comes after she appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday, and quipped: ‘I’m proud to be the first-ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy’

Rebel responded to that comment personally, Tweeting: ‘Hey girl! Yeah I of course know of these movies.’ 

The Pitch Perfect star added: ‘But it was questionable as to whether: 1. Technically those actresses were plus size when filming those movies or 2. Technically those films are catorgorized/billed as a studio rom-com with a sole lead. So there’s a slight grey area,’ she wrote.

Fans were not convinced by the rationale, pointing out that the 2006 Paramount Studios romantic comedy The Last Holiday, starring plus size actress, Queen Latifah, did meet the perimeters Rebel herself had set.

Others flagged another romantic comedy, also released in 2006, distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures and named Phat Girlz, which stars plus-size actress Mo’Nique.

Meanwhile Mo’Nique spoke out and tweeted at Rebel after hearing about her comments, saying: ‘Let’s please not allow this business to erase our talent with giving grey areas and technicalities.’ 

‘Take a moment and know the history. DON’T BE A PART OF ERASING IT. I wish you the best,’ the 50-year-old wrote.

Rebel responded promptly, Tweeting: ‘Hi Monique, it was never my intention to erase anyone else’s achievements and I adore you and Queen Latifah so so much’.

‘I support all plus-size ladies and everything positive we are doing together,’ the actress concluded.

Leading lady! Queen Latifah (pictured) fronted  rom-coms including y The Last Holiday years before

Leading lady! Queen Latifah (pictured) fronted  rom-coms including y The Last Holiday years before

Leading lady! Queen Latifah (pictured) fronted  rom-coms including y The Last Holiday years before

 

 

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