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Rebel Wilson said she’s the first plus-sized woman to star in a rom-com—but she’s wrong

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Rebel Wilson’s recent comments on the Ellen Degeneres Show have other plus-sized women and allies up in arms. She told DeGeneres last week that her role in the upcoming film Isn’t it Romantic, stars her as, “The first ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy.”

Twitter immediately clapped back, calling out the Pitch Perfect star for trying to erase the contributions of Queen Latifah and Mo’Nique to the genre.

Both have starred in rom-coms. Both are plus-sized women. And both are women of color.

To add fuel to the fire, Wilson began blocking anyone who called her out.

And the follower Wilson did respond to got her in even more trouble. Wilson said the other films were in a “slight grey area” because it’s not confirmed the actresses were plus-sized when filming those movies or if they were actually “billed as a studio rom-com.”

Twitter definitely didn’t see it that way.

Then, Mo’Nique herself chimed in, nudging the star to “know the history” before taking credit for it.

Wilson responded, saying, “it was never my intention to erase anyone else’s achievements and I adore you and Queen Latifah so so much,” adding “I support all plus size ladies and everything positive we are doing together,” and a heart emoji.

Wilson’s new film has her starring as a New Yorker trapped in a love triangle between two men, played by Liam Hemsworth and Adam DeVine. 

Elizabeth VanMetre

Elizabeth VanMetre

Elizabeth VanMetre is a reporter based in Wyoming. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School, and her work has appeared on ETOnline, the New York Daily News, Yahoo Travel, and more. She hosts a local morning show in Wyoming.