Melissa McCarthy Shuts Down Reporter Who Criticized Her Appearance
"Just know every time you write stuff, every young girl in this country reads that and they just get a little bit chipped away."
Melissa McCarthy stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show to explain the details behind a sexist review she received for her film Tammy — an experience she revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
Chatting with Ellen, she spoke about meeting the reporter in real life at the Toronto Film Festival, and confronting him about the sexist remarks.
He came up to me, and I was surprised that he talked to me and I said, "Would you do that to a man? If John C. Reilly played a really broken-down character and looked terrible?" I put a lot of time and effort having her completely not look like she cared about herself; it was part of how I felt she felt on the inside. I said, "Would you ever say that to a man?" And he said, "Well, I mean, you really looked bad."
And then she asked if he had a daughter, to make him understand the true ramifications of his words:
And I said, "Do you have children? I hope you don't have a daughter." And I didn't mean that in a mean way. I said, "If she came home to you" — he spoke about his children so lovely — and when I said, "If she comes home and someone says, 'You can't have a job because you're unattractive,' are you going to say, 'That's right!'?" And he took that in his heart and was like, "No, I would never want that to happen! Never in a million years want that to happen." I said, "Just know every time you write stuff every young girl in this country reads that and they just get a little bit chipped away."
Because a woman's value isn't based on her looks:
Yes, Melissa McCarthy. Y-E-S.
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