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Mo'Nique responds to Rebel Wilson's 'plus-sized' romantic comedy claims

06 November 2018

At one point during the interview, the "Pitch Perfect" actress praised "Isn't It Romantic" for breaking away from Hollywood tropes, and said she was "proud to be the first-ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy".

The Australian actress stars in the upcoming romantic comedy Isn't It Romantic, which sees her character, Natalie, waking up after being hit on the head in a rom-com universe where she's the leading lady.

"With the help of some very compassionate and well-thought-out responses from others on social media, I now realize what I said was not only wrong but also incredibly hurtful ..." Several dozen people have been blocked, many of them Twitter-verified Black people and plus-sized people in the entertainment industry.

Wilson also apologised for blocking Twitter users who had responded negatively to her Ellen Show remarks, including a number of women of colour.

She blocked so many that #RebelWilsonBlockedMe really began to grow. "Queen Latifah and Mo'Nique have both played rom-com leads". "I never want to disrespect anyone", she said. Yeah I of course know of these movies'.

While Wilson has yet to apologise, in another tweet to playwright Claire Willett she promised that she "will address [the argument] when promoting the film in proper forums".

Isn't It Romantic, in which Wilson stars alongside Liam Hemsworth, is scheduled for release on Valentine's Day next year.

By Saturday, Mo'Nique herself chimed in on Twitter, suggesting Wilson "take a moment and know the history" of romantic comedies before making such bold claims about her casting.

Instead of responding to the critiques or posting a screenshotted apology, she dismissed them, calling the films starring Mo'Nique and Queen Latifah a "slight grey area".

Wilson replied that it wasn't her intention to "erase anyone's achievements", but other people pointed out that she had been blocking women of color for trying to facilitate a dialogue.

Mo'Nique responds to Rebel Wilson's 'plus-sized' romantic comedy claims