by Adam Corl
Jenny McCarthy may have won our hearts back in the 90’s with her ability to tell farts jokes while looking like a total babe, but she’s not the only person in her family that has audiences laughing. Melissa McCarthy, whose performance in Bridesmaids earned her an Oscar nod and a place in the hearts of millions, also happens to be her cousin.
Recently Melissa teamed up with the hilarious Jason Bateman in the comedy, Identity Thief, which has Bateman playing a businessman on the hunt for a guy who stole his identity. Melissa plays a con woman who ends up helping Bateman’s character find the man who stole his identity.
The plot sounds hysterical, but one film critic (Rex Reed) wasn’t laughing. In fact he came off like a down right jerk in his review of the movie. Reed, a veteran film critic wrote a review of the movie for The New York Observer. Instead of sticking to critiquing the plot and performance (both of which he was notably unhappy with) he decided to attack Melissa McCarthy’s weight by comparing her body size to farm equipment and saying that Melissa has risen to fame because (or despite) of being as fat as she was annoying.
Other reviews have been much better for Identity Thief and everyone is entitled to an opinion, but there was something inappropriate and unprofessional about Reed’s scathing review. Jenny McCarthy jumped to defend her cousin saying how talented she was to reporters, and called out Reed for being too blind to see how funny the Bridesmaids star really is. She also told him "where to go," which wasn’t nice but was totally fair.
Melissa McCarthy has said that she wants to serve as a positive example for her daughters, and tries not to get herself down because of body issues. She also considers herself healthy, despite what people like Reed say. Which is great, because instead of apologizing, Reed said that he made those horrible remarks because he was upset with the obesity crisis in America, and had seen too many friends negatively affected by their weight.
Which fine, advocating for a healthier America is great, but I can’t see how tearing someone down accomplishes this. The fact is people can be healthy at many different body sizes, and that really is between them and their doctor. Until Reed earns a medical degree, I think he should keep quite on issues of health and stick to what he gets paid for, watching movies and being bitter.