Melissa McCarthy Finally Responds, Awesomely, to That Ridiculous "Hippo" Comment

The actress is too confident to let a vicious reviewer who focused on her weight tear her down

We were quick to defend Melissa McCarthy when a film critic viciously attacked her weight back in February. It made us furious to see the amazing comedienne called "tractor-sized" and "female hippo," but we figured that McCarthy herself was too awesomely confident to care. Turns out that, yes, she was.

"I felt really bad for someone who is swimming in so much hate," McCarthy told the New York Times, addressing the controversial review for the first time. "I just thought, that’s someone who’s in a really bad spot, and I am in such a happy spot. I laugh my head off every day with my husband and my kids who are mooning me and singing me songs."

In other words:

Of course, McCarthy is a real person with feelings, not an animated GIF. She admits that when she was 20 years old, a review like that "may have crushed" her. But being the mother of two daughters (with husband Ben Falcone) has made McCarthy more confident in herself, and more frustrated with a culture that wants all women to look the same way.

Speaking of which, posters for McCarthy's upcoming comedy The Heat have been released -- but you might not recognize Melissa. That's because the image, in which McCarthy poses next to co-star Sandra Bullock, has been Photoshopped to make the comedienne appear slimmer. Instead, it just makes her look... weird. (Go here for a scroll-over re-creation of the "before" and "after" images.) And why on Earth would the studio want to make McCarthy look completely different in a movie poster, when the whole point of the poster is to show audiences that actresses they like are in this movie?

Basically, we feel that same way that Melissa McCarthy felt when she first read that insulting review. In the New York Times interview, she says that her initial reaction was, "Really?" Followed closely by, "Why would someone okay that?"

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