The past few days were not well associated with actress Rebel Wilson.
The 38-year-old "Pitch Perfect" star made a lengthy apology last week for allegedly wrongly claiming to be "the first oversized girl to star in a romantic comedy" and then critics – viz People of color – blocking in the social media, many of which quickly adjusted the statement to "brush out" the contributions of prominent members black actresses like Queen Latifah and Mo Nique.
"In some benevolent moments, hoping to raise my outsized confreres, I have failed to show the necessary respect to those who have climbed this mountain before, like Mo Nique, Queen Latifah, Melissa McCarthy, Ricki Lake and probably many others, "tweeted Wilson . "With the help of some very compassionate and thoughtful responses from others in social media, I now realize that what I said was not only wrong, but also incredibly painful."
She continued : "I blocked people on Twitter because I was hurt by the criticism, but those are the people I actually need to hear more about, not less. I am deeply sorry again. "
It all started on Halloween.
During a performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Wilson was asked if her new movie would be released in February, "Is not it romantic," said she was "somehow proud," the first large-format woman to be in a romantic comedy. In the film, Wilson plays a woman who bangs her head and wakes up in the midst of a romantic comedy. Wilson's comment met the cheer of the studio visit and applause from DeGeneres himself, who said, "That's great."
In social media, however, the answer was less positive.
Twitter users pointed out how Queen Latifah in Romantic Comedy plays such as "The Last Holiday" (2006) and "Just Wright" (2006) in 2006, and Mo Nique was the starring actress in 2006 ("Phat Girlz"), in which she portrayed a rising fashion designer in a culture looking for love these values are thin.
Nabela Noor, a social media star and beauty guru, posted a Twitter video from on October 31 explaining why she found Wilson's commentary problematic.
"What bothers me This statement erases the contributions of extremely prominent women who have made big, big, and big footprints for oversized women," Noor said in the video, mentioning the influence that Queen Latifah had on her life. By early Tuesday morning, the video was viewed more than 297,000 times.
Women in color need to work harder to make a name for themselves in the entertainment industry, Noor said.
Actors and actresses do not understand or acknowledge these posts and try to delete them, "she said. "It is important to recognize who has paved this way."
"Yes, I do know these films, of course, but it was questionable whether: 1. Technically, these actresses were oversized when filming these films or 2. Technically speaking, these films are categorized as a studio Romcom with a single track" she wrote. "So there is a slight gray area."
In a separate tweet that was issued a minute later, she thanked the Twitter user and wrote, "I'll take all the comments on board."
Wilson's Tweet triggered a backlash and even pulled an answer from Mo. Nique.
"Hey my sweet sister," the Oscar winner wrote at the weekend . "Do not let this company erase our talents with gray areas and technical details. Take a moment and learn the story. NEVER PARTICIPATE I wish you the best. "
Wilson replied and said it had never been her intention to eradicate the achievements of others, adding," I adore you and Queen Latifah so much. , , I support all ladies in oversizes and everything we do together. "
Many urged Wilson to admit only " that you misspoke ."
Wright "is Rom-Com, starring Queen Latifah. And yes, by Hollywood & White standards, it's considered plus size. It is okay to admit that you have a wrong sentence.
You are not the first and you will not be the last. pic.twitter.com/YmLdYTaXtD
– Clarkisha "Tech Plus" Kent (@IWriteAllDay_) November 2, 2018
Others quickly pointed out the mistakes in Wilson's explanation.
"huh? Queen. , , has been plus size. , , her whole. , , Career " tweeted comedian and writer Franchesca" Chescaleigh "Ramsey. "Monique. , , has been plus size. , , their. all. Career. "
Then, as criticism continued to grow, Wilson began blocking its critics, leading to the creation of the hashtag " #RebelWilsonBlockedMe "led. Twitter users also noticed a trend among those who were blocked – a majority of them are people with color.
"Rebels Wilson-Tryna block more blacks than voter suppression" Brooklyn- The journalist and activist George M. Johnson , one of the blocked persons.
Noor was also blocked two days after the release of her video. She tweeted that all she wanted was to share her "honest and respectful thoughts" with Wilson.
Author Jenee Darden told Bustle in an email that she thought Wilson's problem was not in the criticism, but with whom she spoke,
"She had a problem with the [messengers] – Women of color, "wrote Darden, who was blocked. "She can block every black woman from here to the deepest parts of Wakanda. She is still not the first oversized actress to star in a romantic comedy.
Kent told Yahoo Movies UK that the people who were blocked, including themselves, "were very gracious and took the time to educate them about why they were wrong and wrong. Big icons Queen Latifah and Mo Nique – though we did not have to.
Wilson's Monday apology was answered with mixed reactions. Some thanked the actress, while others doubted the sincerity of the apology a user described describes as "a forced PR apology, written by her manager".
"Better late than never, Kent tweeted .