Jenny McCarthy On Reed’s Attack Of Cousin Melissa

    February 15, 2013
    Amanda Crum
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Jenny McCarthy has never been afraid to be outspoken when it comes to her beliefs, her comedy, or her family. So when critic Rex Reed made some very hurtful, degrading comments about her cousin Melissa McCarthy while reviewing ripping apart her new movie “Identity Thief”, Jenny had several things to say.

After calling the actress “tractor sized” and comparing her to a hippo, Reed slammed her acting abilities by saying she’s “a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success.” As soon as the review came out, Reed was blasted by thousands on the web for his comments, and not just by McCarthy’s fans. Even those who haven’t seen her movies were taken aback by the harsh review.

“I don’t have the whole story, but, I do know that, after being in this business 20 years, it’s really crummy that you get attacked in your personal life in general,” Jenny McCarthy said. “For anyone to attack like that, it’s just wrong and hurtful, and it doesn’t do anyone any good—not even Rex Reed, you know? She’s very very talented and people know that, so…He can go to hell.”

Reed recently responded to the public outcry over his comments, saying, “My point was that I object to using health issues like obesity as comic talking points… [McCarthy] is basing her career on being obnoxious and being overweight. And I don’t think that’s funny. I have too many friends that have died of obesity-related illnesses, heart problems and diabetes, and I have actually lost friends to this. I have helped people try to lose weight, and I don’t find this to be the subject of a lot of humor. I have a perfect right to say that. My review was really more about the movie and about the character she plays in the movie than it is about her. I don’t care how much she weighs. I don’t care how much Melissa McCarthy weighs. She wants to be fat? …She’s crying all the way to the bank.”

  • Dee

    This guy is a total piece of crap. I’m sure he’s the one telling random fat people that “I can help you if you want to lose weight.” He may have the right to say it, but that doesn’t make it ethical. It’s a very presumptuous and disgusting attitude to have. This loser must have never struggled with weight issues in his life to have such a callous attitude. I doubt he has any friends at all. Usually overweight people don’t hang out with judgmental, critical, unaccepting jerks. So for him to say he’s helped people lose weight sounds like he’s done something special when all he’s really contributed to the world are irrelevant, poorly written movie reviews. Not someone whose opinion should be taken seriously.

    • Trina

      Couldn’t have said it better myself!!

  • Trina

    I think this guy is a total moron!! I am overweight myself and have recently started working with Weight Watchers and have lost 16 pds woohoo! But she is an awesome actress (melissa) and I can’t believe this guy has the right or qualifications to destroy someones personal view of oneself!! That is between her, God, and her Dr. Who died and left him the Official Weight Patroller???

  • Steven

    Rex is a punk, a coward and a “critic”. 3 strikes. Attacking someone about their weight? Melissa is wildly talented and will continue to act, create art and entertain us… Rex will continue to be a “critic” and irrelevant.

    • lennnnny

      Rex takes it in the butt…..who cares what he has to say…..30 years and she gets the press …not gay boy

  • Glen

    Rex Reed isn’t a film critic. He’s a celebrity bitch. I think everyone is aware of that on some level by now. He is certainly no Roger Ebert.

    • Tony

      Plain and Simple Rex Reed is an Ass, maybe he should review his ratings? Review a movie is one thing take a person apart is another?

    • Tony

      Plain and Simple Rex Reed is an Ass, maybe he should review his ratings? Review a movie is one thing take a person apart is another?

  • Julie

    Rex Reed is still alive???

  • Sunny

    Don’t hurt yourself doing all that back peddeling Rex Reed. If I am basing health concerns about you just by looking at you, I would say your career is just a sad old queen trying to make himself relevant in a world where nobody cares if he is dead or alive. If he wasn’t a queen that others could whisper and snicker about a million years ago, he never would have been on the radio or tv. When I look at YOU I think HIV, AIDS…how does that presumption make YOU feel? Take yourself back under that rock you have been living under…and I’m not talking about Rock Hudson…he was a cool gay…unlike you!

  • john bates

    Bravo, Jenny! The comments are shameful, and no man should address a woman this way. He completely and conveniently forgets the drug use, eating disorders, rampant liposuction, and countless other problems of his industry.

  • Nicolas

    I imagine Reed has had a few friends die of AIDS, so does he recommend that they stop being gay or making gay jokes?

  • deborah

    Melissa McCarthy has more talent AND more class in her little toe than Rex Reed will ever have in his whole petty, demeaning world. Hey Rex, class is not just what you skipped in school!

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    Oh, be quiet – you know you don’t give a crap what a geezer has-been critic says about your so-called cousin – you are only interested in what is being said about you, which is nothing positive either.

  • Dan

    “My point was that I object to using health issues like obesity as comic talking points… [McCarthy] is basing her career on being obnoxious and being overweight.”

    Point 1: Rex, you’re so full of it! If you were “so sensitive” to obesity issues and lost people you actually cared about to it, then you wouldn’t dole out such poisonous venom.

    Point 2: Funny you should say McCarthy is “basing her career on being obnoxious and being overweight” when you, Mr. Reed have based your ENTIRE career on being obnoxious and insulting – an outlet to channel your deep-rooted frustration over being a failed actor and your scathing hatred for Hollywood.

    You, Mr. Reed, are an ugly, deplorable human being, and everyone knows you have absolutely no credibility as a film critic. You can’t get through any film that isn’t a feel-good, formulaic and escapist popcorn movie because you’re such a feeble-minded douche.

    Arrogant turds like you are a complete waste of carbon.

    Have I missed anything?

    • Jim

      sorry folks… obesity is a choice not a health issue but I do agree people should not be picked on for it.

      • Lucille

        Jim have YOU ever been overweight?? It is a health issue. It is an emotional health issue. The choice is to overcome a lot of emotional issues, but being overweight is not simply a choice. Ask any 400+ pound person if they chose to be overweight and I guarantee you will either be met with a blank stare or a face full of fist.

    • Kevin

      I agree with everything you said, except – “have I missed anything?” You, me and everyone else must have compassion, forgiveness and acceptance for those whose souls have not YET reached spiritual maturity! It’s alright to critic, even sometimes harshly so, but never eternally condemn(we are ALL evolving and learning on our eternal journey).

  • hillsmanh@yahoo.com

    Gilmore Girls, ever seen that? Hardly a short career, hardly stuck in one type as far as her roles. Mr. Reed needs to do his research.

  • Stacy

    Apparently it is only shallow to pay attention to looks in a relationship. I think she is funny and on any given day that is good for anyone. The only one who should be concerned about her weight is her because I am certain she knows the risk and maybe she is happy. People can not just BE any more, we have to pick apart someone or something everyday.

  • Eric J

    A grown man and public figure like Rex Reed writes an article that picks on Missy McCarthy like that and we wonder why there is a bullying problem with kids in the US.