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

Brenda Watkins
November 6, 2018

Twitter was quick to point out, however, that Wilson overlooked a number of plus-size actresses who've starred in romantic comedies before. Mo'Nique, who's earned an Academy-Award for her performance in Precious and was featured in Phat Girlz, took to Twitter to remind 38-year-old Wilson her new gig isn't ground-breaking.

It wasn't long before Mo'Nique herself got involved requesting Rebel "not allow this business to erase [their] talent with giving grey areas and technicalities".

The storm began last week when Wilson was on Ellen, shilling for her film, due on Valentine's Day and in which she plays a woman whose bopped on the head and awakens inside a romantic-comedy motion picture - Wilson said, "I'm kinda proud to be the first plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy".

After Mo'Nique and writer Claire Willett both tweeted Rebel, she said she would address the argument "when promoting the film in proper forums".

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Fans have also pointed out that actress and rapper Queen Latifah, 48, also starred in the 2006 rom-com Last Holiday.

Rebel later added insult to injury by attempting to defend her comment on Twitter, writing that it was questionable whether those films were categorized "as a studio rom-com with a sole lead". "I wish you the best". Even Mo'Nique felt the need to chime in, encouraging the actress to avoid putting rom-coms with a black lead in a "grey area". "I support all plus size ladies and everything positive we are doing together". Next, Wilson's choice to block people of color for criticizing her also makes her seem not only unwilling to listen, but unwilling to listen to voices different from her own.

Wilson produced and will star in Isn't It Romantic, a film about a woman disenchanted with love who mysteriously finds herself trapped inside a romantic comedy.

Priyanka Chopra, Liam Hemsworth and Betty Gilpin also star.

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