Rebel Wilson Was A Great Host, But Can She Please Cut The Fat Jokes
4:30 pm, April 15th | by Meredith Lepore
I absolutely love Rebel Wilson so I was thrilled when I heard she would be hosting the MTV Movie Awards. It has been seven long years since a woman has hosted and Rebel is the comedy girl of the moment. Notice I how I haven’t once mentioned her weight. That is because I don’t need to. If Rebel weighed 100 pounds I would still think she was quite funny (that Channing Tatum butt pillow was hilarious) but Rebel seems to not only embrace the fat jokes but promote them and she needs to stop.
Of course, I think it is healthy that Rebel and Melissa McCarthy acknowledge that they are not typical Hollywood actresses but does it need to be a focus? Rebel called herself fat in the opening to the awards show (watch the clip below) and then let James Franco do it too. Then she introduced Melissa McCarthy as a “large woman.” Isn’t the whole point that we should be rejoicing in the fact that these women have made it in one of the toughest industries that is often based on superficial things like their weight because they are talented? Why does Rebel keep pointing out that she made it despite the fact she is plus-size?
“It’s just that the fat jokes (made by her and at her expense) got old, quick. It’s not funny if you have to constantly point it out to people. It not only gets old, it gets uncomfortable, and no one is laughing.”
Gachman pointed out that Wilson’s character in Pitch Perfect (which earned her a Golden Popcorn Award for Best Breakthrough performance) was called “Fat Amy” and constantly made fat jokes at her expense. Yes the film was hilarious but those jokes were actually heavily criticized and not that funny.
I would almost say that Rebel is a little obsessed with making fun of body image (as she showed us with her fake nipple slip last night.) It is like she is afraid of it so she makes the joke first to show she is also laughing at herself. It is not a terrible strategy, but kind of a sad one for such a brilliant comedian. I mean telling Zac Efron to kiss her “down under” was amazing. You can’t beat that.