Over the past few days, Rebel Wilson has dug herself a deep hole of inaccuracy and defensiveness, after making a comment about being the “first-ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy.”
Wilson made the unfortunate statement on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” referring to her soon-to-be-released rom-com Isn’t It Romantic? (out in January). As many pointed out, Wilson must have completely forgotten or never known about Queen Latifah’s 2006 rom-com Last Holiday or Mo’Nique’s Phat Girlz (2006).
But instead of admitting she was wrong and spoke without doing her homework, she decided to double down on the statement when responding to a fan on Twitter.
“Hey girl! Yeah I of course know of these movies but it was questionable as to whether: 1. Technically those actresses were plus size when filming those movies or 2. Technically those films are [categorized]/billed as a studio rom-com with a sole lead. So there’s a slight grey area,” Wilson tweeted.
Clearly Wilson has been drinking that Hollywood Kool-Aid that causes amnesia and erases all of the accomplishments made by black folks from your memory. We, however, will not allow her or anyone to forget that plus-size women of color HAVE starred in rom-coms well before Wilson’s ass came on the scene. Take a look.
The Queen stars in a slew of romantic comedies, but Last Holiday is my favorite. The film is about Georgia Byrd (Queen Latifah) a woman who discovers she is terminally ill. As her last hurrah, she withdraws her life savings and travels to Europe. She fills her life with excitement and new experiences, the only thing missing is her longtime crush Sean Matthews (LL Cool J).