Rebel Wilson Faces Backlash After Claiming To Be First Plus-Sized Rom-Com Star

Stars including Jameela Jamil have hit out at Wilson after she doubled-down on claims that she's the first plus-sized actress to star in a romantic comedy.

The Pitch Perfect star noted during a recent interview on Ellen that she was "proud to be the first-ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy", referring to her new film, Isn't It Romantic. 

However, critics were quick to point out that Wilson had completely ignored the careers of women including Queen Latifah, Ricki Lake and Mo'Nique.

But instead of acknowledging she may have forgotten a few of the plus-sized women who appeared on the silver screen before her time, Wilson doubled down on her claim.

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"Hey girl!" she wrote to a fan on Twitter. "Yeah I of course know of these movies but it was questionable as to whether: 1 Technically those actresses were plus-size when filming those movies or 2. Technically those films are catorgorized (sic)/billed as a studio rom-com with a sole lead.

"So there's a slight grey area," she concluded.

The Good Place star Jameela Jamil wrote on Twitter that Wilson had a responsibility to pay her respects to actresses like Queen Latifah.

"It isn't complicated," Jamil wrote. "Just admit you were wrong, apologize, and thank Queen Latifah for the path she created for plus-sized women, that you now walk upon.

"It's massively important for our generation to see apology and growth," she added.

Writer Ira Madison drew a comparison to the time singer Sam Smith accidentally claimed he was the first openly gay man to win an Oscar -- which he later apologised for.

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Critics on Twitter have been puzzled about Wilson's claim that actresses such as Queen Latifah and Mo'Nique weren't "technically" plus-sized and that the films they appeared in weren't "technically" romantic comedies.

Fans of Queen Latifah have taken the opportunity to pay tribute to the iconic actress and fondly remember some of her best work in light of Wilson's comments.

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