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Priyanka Chopra’s Isn’t It Romantic co-star Rebel Wilson apologises for making false ‘plus size’ claims

Rebel Wilson, who will next be seen in Isn’t It Romantic, opposite Priyanka Chopra, has apologised for making false claims about being the first ‘plus-sized’ rom-com lead.

hollywood Updated: Nov 06, 2018 13:02 IST
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Priyanka Chopra,Rebel Wilson,Isn’t It Romantic
Rebel Wilson in a still from Isn’t It Romantic.

Rebel Wilson has apologised for the comments she had made about "plus-sized" women actors in Hollywood. The Australian actor, who will be next seen opposite Priyanka Chopr and Liam Hemsworth in Isn't It Romantic, had claimed in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres that she will be "first-ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy".

When social media users reminded her that actors Queen Latifah and Mo'Nique had fronted romantic comedies before, Wilson said there was a "grey area" around how those films were categorised.

After further backlash, the actor tweeted an apology.

"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," Wilson wrote.

"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. To be part of a problem I was hoping I was helping makes it that much more embarrassing & hard to acknowledge. I blocked people on Twitter because I was hurting from the criticism, but those are the people I actually need to hear from more, not less. Again, I am deeply sorry," she added.

Isn't It Romantic, directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, also Adam DeVine and is slated for a February 14 release.

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First Published: Nov 06, 2018 12:57 IST