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Rebel Wilson accused of blocking black women on Twitter

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AUSTRALIAN ACTRESS Rebel Wilson has been accused of blocking black women on Twitter after they called her out and corrected her over statements she made about being the first plus-sized woman to play the lead in a studio romantic comedy.

During an appearance on The Ellen Show Wilson, who has been cast as the lead in rom-com Isn’t It Romantic, which is set for release in 2019, said: “I’m proud to be the first ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy.”

Online commenters pointed out that, contrary to Wilson’s claims, Queen Latifah and Mo’Nique had both played leads in the genre.

Responding to an online critic, Wilson tweeted: “Hey girl! Yeah I of course know of these movies but it was questionable as to whether: 1. Technically those actresses were plus size when filming those movies or 2. Technically those films are categorised/billed as a studio rom-com with a sole lead. So there’s a slight grey area.”

Her comments further infuriated film fans. Many questioned what she meant by “grey area” and saw her response as a doubling down on the initial inaccurate statement.

Mo’Nique replied: “Hey, my sweet sister. Let’s please not allow this business to erase our talent with giving grey areas and technicalities. Take a moment and know the history. DON’T BE A PART OF ERASING IT. I wish you the best.”

Wilson responded to Mo’Nique and proclaimed that she had never intended to erase anyone’s achievements.

“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,” Wilson wrote.

But despite her cordial reaction to Mo’Nique’s criticism, numerous Twitter users have accused the actress of blocking them – preventing them from communicating with her or viewing her tweets – on the social media platform because they voiced their opinions on her actions.

Twitter users who said they had been blocked by the star after pointing out the inaccuracy of her statements and their erasure of the contributions of black women, began to use the hashtag #RebelWilsonBlockedMe.

Film critics Rebecca Theodore Vachon and Valerie Complex were among those affected by Wilson’s blocking.

YouTuber Nabela praised Queen Latifah for paving the way for plus-sized women in film and was also later blocked by Wilson.

Update
Wilson has now apologised for her comments and for blocking critics.

She tweeted: "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 realise 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 and 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."

Some of the Twitter users who said they were blocked by the actress have now announced that they have been unblocked.

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