Hollywood rips Rex Reed for Melissa McCarthy weight comments

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Rex Reed has long been one of Hollywood’s most venerable film critics, although this doesn’t really say anything about his personality. Having followed Reed’s reviews since the mid-90s, I’ve long had the impression that he’s been an irascible codger since time immemorial. He was the man who started the infamous Marisa Tomei Oscar Mistake rumor, which alleged that presenter Jack Palance misread the card after opening the envelope while presenting Best Supporting Actress in 1992, accidentally giving the award to Tomei. Reed has been known for such crotchety bursts of stupidity, yet none have caused the kind of vitriolic response as his latest act of textual diarrhea.

In his review of Identity Thief, Reed casts aspersions against the “cacophonous, tractor-sized Melissa McCarthy”, whom he goes on to describe as a “female hippo” and a “screeching, humongous creep”. Among the closing lines of the miserable piece, Reed states, “Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) is a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success.”

Reed’s rhetoric is singularly disgusting, and other critics agree, with Richard Roeper stating that Reed’s article “smacks of mean-spirited name-calling in lieu of genuine criticism.” Can’t disagree there. But then, McCarthy doesn’t really need me to stand up for her, given that Hollywood has come out in force to tell Rex Reed to go climb back under the prehistoric rock from whence he came:

Director Paul Feig, who directed McCarthy in Bridesmaids:

Eric Stonestreet of Modern Family:

Chad Lowe of Pretty Little Liars:

Marlee Matlin, actress and Best Actress Oscar winner (and the only deaf performer to ever do so):

NCIS star Brian Dietzen:

Patricia Cornwell, international best-selling author:

Comedian Lauren Ashley Bishop:

Film critic Scott Weinberg:

Comedy producer Roland Scahill:

There is currently a #FireRexReed movement on Twitter, though The New York Observer, the publication that employs Reed, has yet to comment on the situation. That said, I don’t expect this situation will prevent Reed from going out of his way, in the future, to continue coming across as a crotchety, conspiracy-spouting, mouth-breathing moron.

But hey, if the shoe fits…

Full story: The Hollywood Reporter

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