REBEL Wilson is under fire for mistakenly claiming she is the first plus-sized woman to be the lead actress in a rom-com.
The Aussie star, 38, has a new movie coming out next year called Isn’t It Romantic which is about a young woman disenchanted with love who mysteriously finds herself trapped inside a romantic comedy.
Wilson spoke about the upcoming film on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show last week and said, “I’m proud to be the first-ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy”.
But viewers quickly took to Twitter to point out to Wilson that plus-sized stars Queen Latifah and Mo’Nique have both anchored rom-coms in the past.
Wilson responded to one of the tweets and stood by her claim.
Playwright Claire Willett also took issue with Wilson’s statement and wrote a long thread about why her comments were harmful.
Wilson later replied, “Great points honey, thank you x will address when promoting the film in proper forums. I’m all about supporting plus size women and I work so hard to do so. I never want to disrespect anyone”.
But Wilson then made matters worse by blocking people on Twitter who were pointed out her mistake, resulting in the hashtag #RebelWilsonBlockedMe.
Isn’t It Romantic is due out on Valentine’s Day next year.
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