UPDATE: Wednesday, May 20 (12:55 p.m.) – Melissa McCarthy appears on today’s Ellen DeGeneres Show, and has more to say about how she schooled a movie critic who slammed her in a review – not for her performance, but for the way she looked.
“I just thing that we tear down women in this country for all these superficial reasons,”; she tells Ellen, “and women are so great and strong ad I think he really heard that.”; Watch:
Memo to any entertainment journalists out there slated to interview Melissa McCarthy: if you make boneheaded, sexist, offensive remarks about her in a review, prepare to be on the receiving end of an epic verbal smackdown.
As Entertainment Weekly reports, a movie critic who wrote a particularly vicious review of Tammy, criticizing not just her performance but her physical appearance, encountered the star at last fall’s Toronto International Film Festival — and she remembered.
“Are you the one who wrote I was only a good actor when I looked more attractive and that my husband [who directed Tammy] should never be allowed to direct me because he made me to look so homely,”; she asked the journo.
Yes, he admitted, that was him.
“Would you say that to any guy?”; she asked. “When John C. Reilly — or any actor — is playing a character that is depressed and dejected, would you say, “Well, you look terrible!?’ “
But Melissa wasn’t finished schooling him, and asked the critic if he had a daughter; he said he did.
“Watch what you say to her,”; she said. “Did you tell her she’s only worthwhile or valid when she’s pretty?”;
“For someone who has two daughters, I’m wildly aware of how deep that rabbit hole goes,” McCarthy tells EW. “But I just don’t want to start listening to that stuff. 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.'”