Rebel Wilson sparked debate when she claimed in an interview with the Huffington Post that her new film “Isn’t It Romantic” has made her “the first-ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy.”
A Twitter user saw the quote and quickly pushed back on the statement, noting that Queen Latifah and Mo’Nique have both starred in rom-coms.
Amazingly, Wilson saw the tweet and responded, defending her claim.
Meanwhile, on Twitter, the exchange got users pointing out how incorrect Wilson was.
Another Twitter user who begged to differ was Mo’Nique, star of the 2006 rom-com “Phat Girlz”, and she issued a gentle reminder that one should “know the history” before making claims.
Wilson responded, writing that “it was never my intention to erase anyone else’s achievements and I adore you and Queen Latifah so much… I support all plus size ladies and everything positive we are doing together.”
Wilson took things even further when she issued a subsequent apology in a trio of tweets in which she admitted she “neglected to show the proper respect to those who climbed this mountain before me like Mo’Nique, Queen Latifah, Melissa McCarthy, Ricki Lake and likely many others.”
She wrote that she came to realize that “what I said was not only wrong but also incredibly hurtful,” adding, “I am deeply sorry.”
Wilson once again addressed the gaffe at the premiere of “Isn’t It Romantic” on Feb. 12, telling Variety that “I obviously misspoke in that situation.”
Speaking with Variety‘s Marc Malkin, Wilson said, “I was so sincerely sorry. My intention was never to offend anyone. It was purely to lift my fellow plus-sized women up, so I was sad when I had a different reaction from some people.”
Her intent, she explained, was to focus on the film’s message of body positivity. “At the end of the day I think this movie is so positive, it has such a sweet message, and the representation in it is really positive,” she said.