- Rebel Wilson has apologised for her recent behaviour.
- The actress recently said that she is the “first-ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy.”
- That’s not true.
- Wilson ignored plus-size black women who have starred as leads in romantic comedies, including Queen Latifah and Mo’Nique.
- Wilson went on to block people who pointed this out to her.
Late on Monday night, Rebel Wilson apologised for her recent behaviour.
To recap: In the last week, the actress said she’s the first plus-sized woman to star as the lead of a romantic comedy while promoting her upcoming movie “Isn’t It Romantic,” which is due out on Valentine’s Day.
“I’m proud to be the first-ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy,” she told Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday.
But that’s not true. In making those claims, Wilson ignored several plus-size black women who have starred as leads in romantic comedies, including Queen Latifah and Mo’Nique. The Australian actress went on to block people of colour on Twitter who pointed out her mistake to her.
And that brings us to Wilson’s Monday-night apology. In a short series of tweets, Wilson addressed the situation.
“In a couple of well-intentioned moments, hoping to lift my fellow plus sized women up, I neglected to show the proper respect to those who climbed this mountain before me like Mo’Nique, Queen Latifah, Melissa McCarthy, Ricki Lake and likely many others,” she began.
“With the help of some very compassionate and well-thought out responses from others on social media, I now realise what I said was not only wrong but also incredibly hurtful. To be part of a problem I was hoping I was helping makes it that much more embarrassing & hard to acknowledge,” she wrote. “I blocked people on Twitter because I was hurting from the criticism, but those are the people I actually need to hear from more, not less. Again, I am deeply sorry.”
Rebel Wilson’s apology came nearly a full week after her comments went viral
Some people think the actress’ apology was too little too late.
This took far too long.
— Řęñ (@Renoir04) November 6, 2018
Intent never equals impact. I wouldn’t expect more from someone like you, but you should expect more from yourself. As previously stated, it’s too late to apologize. Your PR person did a decent job with the apology, but your lack of sincerity is quite obvious.
— Jennifer (@jaygarlic) November 6, 2018
Some think the apology didn’t make up for her blocking women of colour.
So unblock them and then get quiet and listen to them. Really hear them out.
— Beth (@BethHoller) November 5, 2018
Have you UNblocked the people you dissed?! Redeem yourself, issue individual apologies, and start HONORING, LISTENING TO, AND REMUNERATING BIPOC. We white women owe them, not the other way around.
— Martha Christensen (@MarthaCCreates) November 6, 2018
Others appreciated her owning up to what she said.
~We all make mistakes. And we've all been there. Well, maybe not 'there' …but somewhere like it with our feet in our mouths. Live and learn, rinse and repeat.
— Tanya Reeve (@Tanya_R_Steele) November 5, 2018
Wilson’s claim on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” last week ignored the work of Queen Latifah in 2006’s “Last Holiday” and 2010’s “Just Wright,” Mo’Nique in 2006’s “Phat Girlz,” and Nikki Blonsky in 2007’s “Hairspray,” a role originally played by Ricki Lake in 1988.
A representative for Wilson didn’t immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment.
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