Mo'Nique responds to Rebel Wilson's 'plus-sized' romantic comedy claims

Rebel Wilson

That same year, Mo'Nique starred as the "succulent" Jazmin Biltmore in "Phat Girlz", where she romanced a buff Nigerian doctor, Tunde Jonathan (Jimmy Jean-Louis), at a Palm Springs resort. "Again, I am deeply sorry".

The actress took to Twitter this weekend to say that she is the first plus-size woman to star in a romantic comedy - a false claim that was quickly refuted by many, particularly people of color.

- Halfapintdoll (@Halfapintdoll) November 1, 2018 Wilson responded to the tweet, but only to defend her already incorrectly proven statement. In a tweet that has since received 16,000 likes, a Twitter user corrected her, referencing both Queen Latifah and Mo'Nique.

Rebel Wilson faced considerable criticism for proclaiming herself as the "first-ever plus-sized" lead in a romantic comedy, and her subsequent explanation only garnered her additional backlash.

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.

But Wilson has perhaps come under the most fire for blocking Twitter users - many of whom were women of colour - who criticised her erasure of Queen Latifah and Mo'Nique, and soon the hashtag #RebelWilsonBlockedMe was born. "Let's please not allow this business to erase our talent with giving grey areas and technicalities", Mo'Nique tweeted in response.

'Take a moment and know the history. I wish you the best, ' the 50-year-old wrote. Technically those films are catorgorized/billed as a studio rom-com with a sole lead.

Wilson mostly didn't interact with these critiques-though she did reply to one person saying she thought those movies were in a "grey area".

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



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