Melissa McCarthy Responds to Critic Who Called Her ‘Tractor-Sized’

In a profile piece published in the New York Times Thursday, actress Melissa McCarthy finally addresses a now-controversial review of Identity Thief from The New York Observer, in which critic Rex Reed described her as “tractor-sized” and called her “a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success.”

“I felt really bad for someone who is swimming in so much hate,” McCarthy, who never addresses Reed by name, says. “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.”

The Oscar-nominated actress, who admits the February critique “may have crushed [her]” had she read it in her 20s, continues:

[Comments like these] just add to all those younger girls, that are not in a place in their life where they can say, ‘That doesn’t reflect on me.’  That makes it more true. It means you don’t actually look good enough.

McCarthy’s appearance was recently the subject of controversy again when a UK poster promoting her new movie, The Heat, appeared to have altered her face. Read more about that here.

The Heat opens June 28.