Melissa McCarthy Confronted Critic Who Criticized Her Appearance — & It Was Amazing

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Melissa McCarthy was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in Bridesmaids, and her career has skyrocketed since. Not only do people write movies specifically for her to star in, McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone work together on the projects they want to see get made. On June 5, the actress will further her ascent into the comedic stratosphere with her role as a CIA agent in Spy. Unfortunately, there are still some people who judge McCarthy's work not based on its artistic merit or entertainment value, but on the star's appearance. 

Last year, McCarthy starred in Tammy, which she co-wrote with Falcone, who also directed. Many critics decided to focus their reviews on the actress' looks, and some even included unnecessary quips about Falcone and McCarthy's marriage. In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, McCarthy revealed that while she no longer reads negative reviews, she did help one such critic see the error of his ways.

The critic approached McCarthy after a screening of her recent film St. Vincent at the Toronto Film Festival. He started to compliment St. Vincent, but she cut him off. "Are you the one who wrote I was only a good actor when I looked more attractive, and that my husband should never be allowed to direct me because he allowed me to look so homely?" she asked him, according to EW

McCarthy went on. "Would you say that to any guy? When John C. Reilly — or any actor — is playing a character that is depressed and dejected, would you say, ‘Well, you look terrible!'?"

She then wondered if the critic had a daughter, and he said that he did. "Watch what you say to her," McCarthy advised. "Do you tell her she’s only worthwhile or valid when she’s pretty?"

McCarthy told Entertainment Weekly that she felt compelled to speak up because she has two daughters, and, "I’m trying to take away the double standard of 'You’re an unattractive bitch because your character was not skipping along in high heels.'"

Insert praise-hands emoji here. (Entertainment Weekly)


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