Rebel Wilson came under fire earlier in the week for claiming she was the first-ever plus-sized model to take a leading role in a romantic-comedy film. Fans on Twitter accused her of “erasing” the history of African-American actresses.
Queen Latifah and Mo’Nique had roles in films long before Rebel, something which many fans pointed out online. Mo’Nique addressed her comments, adding that she was inadvertently erasing their history, as some of their political opponents may want.
Wilson said on Monday night that her intentions were to uplift and inspire other plus-sized women to achieve their goals in life, but unfortunately, she missed the mark and ended up offending people instead.
Wilson said in a tweet that she neglected the achievements of others, including Ricki Lake, Melissa McCarthy, Queen Latifah, Mo’Nique, and probably a plethora of other talented and ambitious women.
Wilson said she was guilty of perpetuating a problem that she was trying to fix. And for that reason, “it makes it that much more embarrassing and hard to acknowledge.”
She then apologized for blocking those who called her out on making false claims. Wilson said she was “deeply sorry” for everything. As it was previously reported, this all started last week during her appearence on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
She was in the middle of promoting her latest flick, Isn’t It Romantic, where she stars as a young woman who bumps her head and wakes up in a world filled with romantic-comedy clichés and tropes.
When talking about the movie, the 38-year-old actress said she was proud to be the “first-ever plus-sized” women to have a starring role in a romantic comedy. However, some of her fans online have been less forgiving.
One person wrote, “I think that Rebel intentionally neglected to mention the history of African-American women in film. It was almost like a form of cultural appropriation.”
But another explained: “this is just another faux-controversy like every other, and pretty soon, everyone will forget all about it and move on to something else. What else is new?”