So, there’s this review in The Observer of the movie Identity Thief, written by Rex Reed. In this review he makes a lot of comments about actress Melissa McCarthy, calling her “humongous”, “tractor-sized” and a “hippo” (among other things).
I find this rather deplorable. If he doesn’t like the movie, that’s fine. If he doesn’t like her acting, that’s fine too. But to start talking only about her size in such a derogatory way, that just doesn’t seem to fit in a movie review. Isn’t a movie review supposed to be about… I don’t know… the movie? The actors’ performances seem like a fair thing to take a shot at as well. Not their size or looks though. That’s below the belt, and quite honestly irrelevant for the review.
It also makes you think. Because I can’t remember ever reading a review about a heavier male comedian that focuses mainly on their size and how disgusting the reviewer finds them. Can you imagine someone writing the same things about John Goodman, Jonah Hill or Zach Galifianakis?