It was during an interview to promote the film on the Ellen show, that criticism of WIlson began after she said: "I'm proud to be the first-ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy".
Her follow-up tweet, of course, was only met with more twiticism from many who accused the Pitch Perfect star of ignoring the achievements of black actresses. People quickly took to Twitter to make sure that Wilson was aware of the works of Queen Latifah and Mo'Nique, two plus-sized Black women who starred in romantic comedies over a decade ago.
'Take a moment and know the history.
When someone tweeted her pointing out that both Latifah and Mo'Nique had starring rom-com parts, she responded: "Hey girl! I wish you the best".
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"Hi Monique, it was never my intention to erase anyone else's achievements and I adore you and Queen Latifah so so much x I support all plus size ladies and everything positive we are doing together", she tweeted. She claimed that she was the "first-ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy".
Replying back to the user in question, Rebel defended her words - explaining there were a whole bunch of technicalities behind her statement. Technically those actresses were plus size when filming those movies or 2. Technically those films are [categorized]/billed as a studio rom-com with a sole lead. Even Mo'Nique felt the need to chime in, encouraging the actress to avoid putting rom-coms with a black lead in a "grey area".
'I fully take all the comments onboard though so thank you'.
She plays a New York City architect Natalie who after a bump on the head discovers her life has become a living romantic comedy and it won't end until she falls in love.