Insurgent Wilson caught some warmth on Thursday for declaring herself the primary plus-sized girl to be the lead in a romantic comedy. (Her new movie Is not It Romantic comes out subsequent Valentine’s Day.)
She was mistaken: Queen Latifah and Mo’Nique, for instance, have taken on such roles previously.
I nonetheless can’t consider that Insurgent Wilson doubled down on the lie that she’s the primary fats actress to star in a rom-com. Like Mo’Nique didn’t snag a good-looking physician in Phat Girlz! Like Queen Latifah didn’t get Widespread AND LL Cool J!
— Evette Dionne ??♀️ (@freeblackgirl) November 3, 2018
As a substitute of admitting her gaffe and transferring on, although, it seems that Wilson is obstructing individuals who’ve identified her mistake on Twitter. Specifically, quite a few critics of colour — a lot of whom introduced up Queen Latifah and Mo’Nique of their feedback — reported being blocked by Wilson over the weekend. (Mo’Nique herself inspired Wilson to “take a second and know the historical past,” however so far as we all know, she was not blocked.)
Movie and tv critic ReBecca Theodore-Vachon even gave it a hashtag: #RebelWilsonBlockedMe. (There are many tweets about this that do not use the hashtag as nicely.)
I shared my trustworthy & respectful ideas on Insurgent Wilson’s erasure of iconic plus sized ladies earlier than her.
Her blocking a fellow plus girl on this trade is a reminder that she doesn’t wish to acknowledge her plus friends however fairly ignore them fully. pic.twitter.com/icUvY9QrCR
— Nabela (@Nabela) November 3, 2018
Wilson did tweet in a reply to playwright Claire Willett Saturday that she is going to handle what occurred “whereas selling [Is not it Romantic] within the correct boards.”
“It was by no means my intention to erase anybody else’s achievements and I like you and Queen Latifah so a lot x,” she additionally tweeted in response to Mo’Nique’s criticism. “I assist all plus dimension women and all the things optimistic we’re doing collectively.”
So possibly an apology is forthcoming, however that is nonetheless a disturbing sequence of occasions for a number of causes. First, it’s clear from a fast Google search that Wilson’s authentic assertion wasn’t true — did she do any analysis in any respect? Subsequent, Wilson’s selection to dam folks of colour for criticizing her additionally makes her appear not solely unwilling to pay attention, however unwilling to take heed to voices completely different from her personal.
“We gotta elevate one another up,” Willett wrote on Twitter, “and which means pretty crediting the ladies who bought there first.”