The Pitch Perfect star came under fire after she made the claim while discussing her new movie, Isn't It Romantic, on The Ellen DeGeneres Show last week, with many social media users reminding Rebel that the likes of Mo'Nique and Queen Latifah had actually broken that barrier years ago.
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. Those who called her out, many of them black, are now calling her out again, this time because she's blocked them on Twitter.
Rebel Wilson is under fresh fire for appearing to block critics of colour who have taken issue with her comments on plus-size rom-coms.
'To be part of a problem I was hoping I was helping makes it that much more embarrassing and hard to acknowledge'.
She blocked so many that #RebelWilsonBlockedMe really began to grow.
One wrote: "I love @RebelWilson as much as the next girl, but she isn't the first plus-sized woman to play the lead in a romantic comedy".More news: China Opens International Import Expo, Promises to Buy More
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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".
Commentators took to Twitter to point out that actresses such as Mo-Nique and Queen Latifah have paved the way before her, but Wilson refused to be corrected, questioning whether "technically those actresses were plus size".
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.
Others flagged another romantic comedy, also released in 2006, distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures and named Phat Girlz, which stars plus-size actress Mo'Nique. "So there's 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.