Rebel Wilson responds to backlash over ‘plus-sized’ claims

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Rebel Wilson responds to backlash over 'plus-sized' claims

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Rebel Wilson says she "never wants to disrespect anyone" after there was backlash over comments she made about plus-sized women in film.

The Australian actress told chat show host Ellen Degeneres: "I'm proud to be the first ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy."

Viewers pointed out that Queen Latifah and Mo'Nique had led romcoms before.

Mo'Nique tweeted Rebel: "Let's please not allow this business to erase our talent".

Rebel replied saying: "It was never my intention to erase anyone else's achievements".

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Twitter post by @moworldwide: Hey my sweet sister. 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. Image Copyright @moworldwide @moworldwide Report
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Twitter post by @RebelWilson: Hi Monique, it was never my intention to erase anyone else’s achievements and I adore you and Queen Latifah so so much x I support all plus size ladies and everything positive we are doing together ?? Image Copyright @RebelWilson @RebelWilson Report
Youtube post by TheEllenShow: Rebel Wilson Is Proud to Represent Plus-Sized Women in 'Isn't It Romantic' Image Copyright TheEllenShow TheEllenShow Report

Rebel Wilson had been talking about her film Isn't It Romantic on The Ellen Show last week when she made the comments about being plus-sized.

She got a big cheer from the studio audience – but people on Twitter were quick to point out that she hadn't mentioned other plus-sized women who had led romcoms.

The 2006 film The Last Holiday starred Queen Latifah while Phat Girlz, also from 2006, starred Mo'Nique.

Some people online also mentioned the fact that both films were led by women of colour.

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Image caption Mo'Nique and Queen Latifah both starred in the film Bessie
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Twitter post by @clairewillett: I just want to encourage plus-size white women to be extra extra aware of the ways in which women of color get erased from the conversation when we talk about making space for bodies of different sizes, because it's FREQUENTLY rooted in white supremacy we aren't examining. Image Copyright @clairewillett @clairewillett Report

Rebel initially replied saying "there's a slight grey area" and questioned whether they were plus-sized when they filmed the movies.

She also said "it was questionable" whether those films were classed as studio romcoms.

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Twitter post by @RebelWilson: Hey girl! Yeah I of course know of these movies 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 Image Copyright @RebelWilson @RebelWilson Report
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Twitter post by @RebelWilson: I fully take all the comments onboard though so thank you ?? Image Copyright @RebelWilson @RebelWilson Report

After Mo'Nique and writer Claire Willett both tweeted Rebel, she said she would address the argument "when promoting the film in proper forums".

She added: "I'm all about supporting plus size women and I work so hard to do so."

The actress produced the film Isn't It Romantic, which she stars in alongside Liam Hemsworth and Priyanka Chopra.

She plays a woman who gets trapped in a romcom in the movie, which comes out next year.

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