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Rebel Wilson Issues Apology for Blocking Black Critics on Twitter

06 November 2018, 04:57 | Regina Holmes

Rebel Wilson faces backlash after her 'plus size rom-com lead' comment

Rebel Wilson's claim that she is the first plus-size star in a rom-com has irked the internet

Rebel Wilson is making the rounds to promote her upcoming rom-com Isn't It Romantic, but she had less than ideal pitch on Ellen DeGeneres' show last week. In addition, Wilson shared the same message on her Instagram last Thursday, writing: "I'm proud to be the first plus size girl to be the lead in a studio rom-com". Several dozen people have been blocked, many of them Twitter-verified Black people and plus-sized people in the entertainment industry.

Wilson has now reportedly blocked a number of critics of her "Ellen DeGeneres Show" claims on Twitter, inspiring a #RebelWilsonBlockedMe hashtag.

Wilson later responded to the tweet pointing out the "grey area [s]". Movie fans were quick to call B.S. on the claim, citing that both Queen Latifah and Mo'Nique led rom-coms way back in 2006, starring in The Last Holiday and Phat Girlzrespectively.

- Mo'Nique Worldwide (@moworldwide) November 3, 2018Rather than acknowledging that she was wrong, Wilson responded to Mo, saying she wasn't trying to "erase anyone's achievements".

She plays a New York City architect Natalie who after a bump on the head discovers her life has become a living romantic comedy and it won't end until she falls in love.

Isn't It Romantic, directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, also Adam DeVine and is slated for a February 14 release.

Her upcoming film Isn't It Romantic, directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson shows the actor stuck in a parallel-universe with her life becoming a romantic-comedy after an accident with a mugger.

It wasn't long before Mo'Nique herself got involved requesting Rebel "not allow this business to erase [their] talent with giving grey areas and technicalities".

However, a reply from Mo'Nique, asking Wilson to "take a moment and know the history". I wish you the best, ' the 50-year-old wrote. "I support all plus size ladies and everything positive we are doing together".

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