Why Is Rebel Wilson Blocking Black Critics?

Danny Woods
November 6, 2018

Wilson responded with a lawsuit which she won but was later forced to pay back a substantial sum.

"Hi Monique, it was never my intention to erase anyone else's achievements and I adore you and Queen Latifah so so much x I support all plus size ladies and everything positive we are doing together", she tweeted.

She made headlines and caused a stir when she claimed she was the "first plus-size woman" to take a lead role in a romantic comedy.

Twitter was quick to point out, however, that Wilson overlooked a number of plus-size actresses who've starred in romantic comedies before.

Rebel Wilson at the 2018 G'Day USA gala in Los Angeles in January. That same year, Mo'Nique starred as the "succulent" Jazmin Biltmore in "Phat Girlz", where she romanced a buff Nigerian doctor, Tunde Jonathan (Jimmy Jean-Louis), at a Palm Springs resort. "Technically those films are categorized/billed [sic] as a studio rom-com with a sole lead", she wrote. "Let's please not allow this business to erase our talent with giving grey areas and technicalities", Mo'Nique tweeted in response. "Let's please not allow this business to erase our talent with giving grey areas and technicalities", the Oscar victor said.

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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. Wilson has since been blocking #BlackTwitter after being called out. "I wish you the best".

She also apologised for blocking fans on Twitter who corrected her original comments. There were even people creating hashtags like #RebelWilsonBlockedMe and #RebelBlockMeParty to commemorate being blocked by the actress.

She added: "I'm all about supporting plus size women and I work so hard to do so".

Liam Hemsworth, Adam DeVine and Priyanka Chopra will also appear in the film that is due for release early next year.

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