Despite the success of comedic genius Melissa McCarthy in Mike & Molly on the small screen and Bridesmaids and The Heat on the big, weight-obsessed folks can't seem to get off the topic of her figure... including film critics who should know better!

In a February review of Melissa's last film, Identity Thief, New York Observer reviewer Rex Reed called Melissa "tractor-sized" and "a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success."

In an interview published today in The New York Times, Dave Itzkoff asked Melissa about the harsh review.

"In a softer voice," Dave writes, "she said her initial reaction to reading it had been 'Really?' and then, she said, 'Why would someone OK that?'"

Melissa then elaborated: "I felt really bad for someone who is swimming in so much hate. I just thought, that's someone who's in a really bad spot, and I am in such a happy spot. I laugh my head off every day with my husband and my kids who are mooning me and singing me songs."

She added that the insult would have "crushed" her in her 20s but now is just upset that reviews like that send the message to younger girls that "you don’t actually look good enough."

Way to kiss off the haters, Melissa! We're always in your corner, girl.

Source: The New York Times

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