Melissa McCarthy Reveals How She Confronted Sexist Movie Critic

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Melissa McCarthy is revealing how she confronted a movie critic who wrote a negative review that referenced the actress’ physical appearance.

The critic, who approached McCarthy last September to compliment her on the movie St. Vincent, which she was promoting at the time, previously reviewed Tammy, and had said that McCarthy’s filmmaker husband, Ben Falcone, should never be allowed to direct her again because he allowed her to look so homely. The Emmy winner called out the reviewer when he approached her at the Toronto Film Festival, saying, “Are you the one who wrote I was only a good actor when I looked more attractive and that my husband should never be allowed to direct me because he allowed me to look so homely?”

After the critic admitted to writing the vicious review, the actress continued, “When John C. Reilly, or any [male] actor, is playing a character that is depressed and dejected, would you say, ‘Well, you look terrible’?” McCarthy, who has two daughters with her husband, then asked the man if he has a daughter. Turns out, he does. “Do you tell her she’s only worthwhile or valid when she’s pretty?” the actress asked.

In recounting the confrontation now to Entertainment Weekly, McCarthy says of sexism in Hollywood, “It’s an intense sickness. I’m trying to take away the double standard of ‘You’re an unattractive b*tch because your character was not skipping along in high heels.’” The actress is on the cover of this week’s EW to promote her new action comedy, Spy, which is set to open in June. What do you think of McCarthy’s comments?

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