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Rebel Wilson blocks enough Black people to start a hashtag

Stacy Diaz | 06 November, 2018, 12:02

Rebel Wilson faced considerable criticism for proclaiming herself as the "first-ever plus-sized" lead in a romantic comedy, and her subsequent explanation only garnered her additional backlash.

She plays a New York City architect Natalie who after a bump on the head discovers her life has become a living romantic comedy and it won't end until she falls in love.

Rebel Wilson has doubled down on a post stating she is the first plus sized rom-com star.

Wilson tweeted that she believes there is a "grey area" about whether Queen Latifah and Mo'Nique could be considered plus-size, and whether their films were categorized as single-lead romantic comedies. Queen Latifah starred in 2006's "The Last Holiday" and 2010's "Just Wright", while the Mo'Nique vehicle, "Phat Girlz, " came out in 2006.

"Hey my sweet sister. Technically those films are [categorized]/billed as a studio rom-com with a sole lead", she wrote. "Let's please not allow this business to erase our talent with giving grey areas and technicalities", the Oscar victor said.

Meanwhile Mo'Nique spoke out and tweeted at Rebel after hearing about her comments, saying: 'Let's please not allow this business to erase our talent with giving grey areas and technicalities'.

Rebel Wilson is under fresh fire for appearing to block critics of colour who have taken issue with her comments on plus-size rom-coms.

'Take a moment and know the history. "I wish you the best". There were even people creating hashtags like #RebelWilsonBlockedMe and #RebelBlockMeParty to commemorate being blocked by the actress.

After Mo'Nique and writer Claire Willett both tweeted Rebel, she said she would address the argument "when promoting the film in proper forums".

'I support all plus size ladies and everything positive we are doing together'. Wilson has since been blocking #BlackTwitter after being called out.