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Melissa McCarthy Addresses Being Called “Hippo” in Nasty Review of Identity Thief

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Back in February, when Melissa McCarthy starred in the hit film Identity Thief, New York Observer critic Rex Reed caused a firestorm when his review of the film focused on the actress’ weight, calling the comedic star “tractor-sized” and a “female hippo.”

Now, McCarthy herself is addressing Reed’s insults.

Melissa McCarthy Called “Tractor-Sized,” “Hippo” in Nasty Review of Identity Thief


Melissa McCarthy stars with Jason Bateman in the new film Identity Thief, and while it’s fair not to like the movie, longtime New York Observer reviewer Rex Reed attacks the actress’s weight throughout his scathing piece.

After calling the film “trashy” and a “chunk of junk,” Reed notes that McCarthy’s thief character is “tractor-sized” and “humongous.”

But that’s not all.

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