Melissa McCarthy Teaches Critic a Lesson in Gender Biases

Jun 8, 2015 at 5:13 pm |

McCarthy’s response to being labeled as ‘too unattractive’ in one of her movies is on point.

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Melissa McCarthy may have gone mainstream in the last few years as one of Hollywood’s newest box-office colossuses, but the Spy and Tammy actress won’t let Hollywood tell her who she needs to be as a female actress. As proven in a recent interview with Ellen Degeneres, McCarthy refuses to tolerate gender-biases in the industry.

While talking with Ellen, McCarthy relays the story of her interaction with a film critic who criticized McCarthy for being ‘too unattractive’ in one of her films, 2014’s Tammy.

After writing a review by picking apart McCarthy’s looks in the role, the critic addressed the issue one-on-one with her, questioning her choices for the character and recommending that she not be directed by her husband, who helmed the film, again.

McCarthy explained to the reporter that she felt that the character in the movie was struggling internally, and that she thought this needed to be represented visually by character’s appearance. “That was part of how I felt [the character] felt on the inside,” explained McCarthy.

“Would you ever say that to man?” McCarthy finally asked. Meaning: Would we ever ask why Mike Myers looked so ridiculous in Austin Powers or Jim Carey in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective?

Her question was lost on the critic.

Then McCarthy tried a different route that really pushed her point home. “Do you have children?” she questioned him. “I hope you don’t have a daughter.”

The man did in fact have both a son and a daughter — who he ‘spoke of lovingly.’

McCarthy then presents a scenario in which the critic’s daughter is denied a job because someone else finds her to be ‘too unattractive.’ “Are you going to say, ‘that’s right’?”

Finally McCarthy’s point hit home.

“Just know every time you write stuff, every young girl in this country reads that and they just get a little bit chipped away,” she reminded him. “I just think we tear down women in this country for all these superficial reasons and women are so great and strong.”

McCarthy finishes up by commending Ellen for putting her own brand of “love and kindness out into the world.”

This story comes only a few weeks after 37-year-old Maggie Gyllenhaal explained to the press that she was slotted as too old to play opposite a 55-year-old man in a romantic relationship.

McCarthy was labeled as “too unattractive” in one of her movies. Her response is perfection.