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.”