The Bitter Truth is Melissa is too fat. As were Fatty Arbuckle, Totie Fields, John Candy, Rosanne Barr and Chris Farley before her. And like those comedy icons, McCarthy is also very funny. Her weight is part of why we laugh so hard at what she does. But in time it is also going to cause her a myriad of heath issue that could include high blood pressure, stroke and heart attack.
Heavyset people think of her as an inspiration. Melissa's success in show business proves that people of all shapes and sizes should be proud of themselves and strive to make their all dreams come true. Which I fully support. Unless those dreams are of fat people being bikini models. Then I say "Stop the madness!"
The part of the story that shocked me the most was the uproar against film critic Rex Reed for expressing his opinion. He is a film "CRITIC" for Christ's sakes. His job is to make nasty comments about movies and the actors/actresses that star in them. For decades he's picked apart the appearances of film and TV stars. And we used to find that bitter old queen's snipes funny. That was before we became all Politically Correct (AKA P.C.) Have we really forgotten what show business used to be about? We never went to see film stars that looked like us!
Actresses were beyond beautiful and perfect in every way. Fat people in films were the butt of the jokes, not the stars. Maybe reality TV is to blame. Or maybe we just got sick of looking at people that were prettier than us. Maybe stars like Kevin James and Melissa McCarthy make us feel better about ourselves. "She's overweight and famous so it's okay that I am too." While there is no doubting what an amazing talent she is, Melissa McCarthy needs to lose weight. And Rex Reed had the right to say what he said. Society has become way too P.C. and sensitive, it's just show business and that's The Bitter Truth.