Actress tells sexist reporter what many actresses have wanted to tell sexist reporters.


We knew we liked you, McCarthy.

Melissa McCarthy is and gifted actress and comedian, but after some pretty negative comments following the release of Tammy in 2014, where she teamed up with her husband Ben Falcone, McCarthy decided to turn away from the Hollywood press.

“I’ve stopped because I finally said, ‘This is not making me better. This hurts my heart,’” she told Entertainment Weekly.

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McCarthy at the Academy Awards (Image: Getty)

But it turns out, negativity is not altogether easy to avoid in tinsel town. At the Toronto Film Festival, where McCarthy was promoting her far-better received film St Vincent, she confronted a reporter who had been particularly scathing in the past.

According to Entertainment Weekly she asked him, “Are you the one who wrote I was only a good actor when I looked more attractive and that my husband should never be allowed to direct me because he allowed me to look so homely?”


And he was.

“Would you say that to any guy? When John C. Reilly—or any actor—is playing a character that is depressed and dejected, would you say, ‘Well, you look terrible!’?”

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McCarthy and her (very wet?) co-star Bill Murray it the Toronto International Film Festival. (Image: Getty)

She then asked the critic if he had a daughter, and suggested he think about her next time he makes such comments. “Watch what you say to her,” she told him. “Do you tell her she’s only worthwhile or valid when she’s pretty?”

McCarthy is disgusted with the deeply entrenched and accepted level of sexism in Hollywood. Telling EW“it’s an intense sickness.”

Sadly, she’s not wrong, and with two daughters of her own, McCarthy is all too aware of the dangers of sexist propaganda and negative comments. But we have no doubt their mum will instil in them all the humour and self-confidence necessary to shut down the haters.

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