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Rebel Wilson Apologizes After Self Proclaimed Title of First Plus-Size Rom-Com Actress

Last week while talking about her upcoming film, "Isn't it Romantic," on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Rebel Wilson claimed she’s proud to be “the first ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy.” Her misguided comment sparked outrage and controversy across the country, with many accusing her of erasing the history of several plus-size black women who had come before her. Many cited that she is far from the first plus-size actress to star in a romantic comedy, naming Queen Latifah, Ricki Lake, Mo'Nique, and others. After defending a row of tweets, Wilson offered an apology for her assertion, writing, "In a couple of well-intentioned moments, hoping to lift my fellow plus sized women up, I neglected to show the proper respect to those who climbed this mountain before me like Mo'Nique, Queen Latifah, Melissa McCarthy, Ricki Lake and likely many others. With the help of some very compassionate and well-thought out responses from others on social media, I now realize what I said was not only wrong but also incredibly hurtful."

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