- Rebel Wilson, who stars as the lead in the upcoming film “Isn’t It Romantic,” claimed last week that she is the first plus-sized woman to be the lead a romantic comedy.
- The false claim was refuted by many – particularly people of colour, who said Wilson ignored plus-size black women who had previously starred in romantic comedies.
- Many people who refuted Wilson’s claims on Twitter have since been blocked by the actress.
Rebel Wilson is blocking people of colour on Twitter after being called out for claiming she is the first plus-sized woman to lead a romantic comedy while promoting her Valentine’s Day film “Isn’t It Romantic.”
The false claim was refuted by many – particularly people of colour, who said Wilson ignored plus-size black women who have starred in romantic comedies, including Queen Latifah and Mo’Nique.
And many of the people who refuted Wilson’s claims on Twitter are documenting that they have since been blocked by the actress.
I shared my honest & respectful thoughts on Rebel Wilson’s erasure of iconic plus sized women before her.
Her blocking a fellow plus woman in this industry is a reminder that she doesn’t want to acknowledge her plus peers but rather ignore them entirely. pic.twitter.com/icUvY9QrCR
— Nabela Noor (@Nabela) November 3, 2018
— Gonna Live. Gonna Die. Gonna Tell My Story. (@KimberLaDee) November 4, 2018
(I didn't even say anything super harsh)
Where's the party? pic.twitter.com/piTogG707E
— Geek Girl Diva (@geekgirldiva) November 4, 2018
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) November 4, 2018
— Rebecca Theodore-Vachon (@FilmFatale_NYC) November 4, 2018
Wilson doubled down on her claim on Friday, saying it was debatable the other actresses were plus-sized when they starred in the films and arguing the films didn’t count because the women weren’t marketed as sole leads.
After people started to get blocked by Wilson on Twitter, they started using the hashtag #RebelWilsonBlockedMe.
And as she continued to block people on Twitter, Wilson said she would address the criticism “in proper forums” while promoting her film.
“I’m all about supporting plus size women and I work so hard to do so. I never want to disrespect anyone,” she added.
Wilson’s claim on “The Ellen Degeneres Show” last week ignored the works of Queen Latifah (2006’s “Last Holiday” and 2010’s “Just Wright”), Mo’Nique (2006’s “Phat Girlz”), and Nikki Blonsky (2007’s “Hairspray,” a role originally played by Ricki Lake in the 1988 version), who all starred in romantic comedies before her.
A representative for Wilson didn’t immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment.