Plus Size Entertainment News: Actress Rebel Wilson Feels That She Can Make ‘Fat’ Jokes Because Of Her Own Size

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Photo: Hunger Magazine

Actress Rebel Wilson, someone who has never been shy or ashamed of her size, is one of the cover models for the latest issue of Hunger Magazine, which also features an interview with her. The magazine picked 5 celebrities they consider ‘revolutionary’.

In her interview, Rebel, known for playing the token ‘big’ girl in movies like Pitch Perfect where her character referred to herself as ‘Fat Amy”, takes on critics who have blasted her for making ‘fat’ jokes as part of her career.

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She told Hunger Magazine:

“As long as I look like this, I’m going to make fat jokes. All comedians have to use their physicality, so I use my size.”

She also tells Hunger why she thinks the Hollywood industry is changing and how she’s happy to be a part of that change:

“Before, it was all glamorous types like Kate Hudson who served as, like, the female equivalent of a ‘straight man’. Now it’s turning, and it’s really good.”

You can read the entire interview when the latest issue of Hunger Magazine comes out on Thursday.

Rebel also has a new TV show coming out this Fall called Super Fun Night, which debuts on Wednesday, October 2 on ABC.

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What do you think about Rebel Wilson making ‘fat’ jokes and thinking it’s okay to do so because of her size? Please leave us a comment below and let us know.

 

Comments

  1. Statuesse says

    A Comedian’s job is to not be politically correct and there is no better comedy than tragedy. Rebel Wilson, do as your named, to society.

    In my personal opinion time heals and you do your best in every moment. Some people will not be ready and others may become ready from hearing Rebel’s POV.

    Congratulations, it doesn’t always happen that you meet your calling with a grace and ease. If so, great. If not, your journey is richer. Thank you for sharing Rebel.

    aspiring to rebel…

  2. Sandra says

    I love showing of my curves, but I do also make jokes about my size. I think it is ok do so as long as you don’t make fun of other people. I think one should be open and not so conservative when one talk of size. People are very scared of clothing sizes. I love my body and I have friends who are a size XS and still hate their body, and I did the same when I was thinner. Strange world hu’h..

  3. says

    First I would like to thank Elsa for giving us all her permission to be a size 20 or higher, much appreciated. But I would like to point out that there are no ‘should’s about body size or shape. People come in different shapes and sizes and telling women they ‘should’ fit into a certain cultural ideal is what causes many of society’s current problems with body image and eating disorders.

    I understand what Rebel is saying about using her physicality in her humour. I can imagine a POC making a ‘black joke’ or a gay man making a gay joke, and I think there is something in that. To some extent, it depends on the content and purpose. A lot of this type of humour can be preemptory. I’ll say it first so they don’t have to and then we can all laugh about it together. I’m not saying there are no funny fat/black/gay/jewish/irish whatever jokes, of course there are, but not nearly as many as there are jokes on the whole. Many are not funny but simply get cheap laughs from reinforcing prejudicial stereotypes of a marginalised group.

    And given that Rebel Wilson is something of an icon to many plus-size women and girls, many of whom actually buy into the societal stigmatisation of their group (generally unlike the other groups mentioned above), there is possibly a greater potential for harm. Rebel probably didn’t set out to be a role model for anybody, and didn’t ask to be one, but she is, nevertheless. There are so few examples of bigger women who have had mainstream success that this is inevitable. But if her works/jokes whatever simply reinforce that societal stereotype to a potentially vulnerable audience, this would likely only exacerbate those girls’/womens’ own low self-worth. Because internalisation of stigma appears to play a critical role in the negative impact of that stigma on psychological wellbeing, this would be very sad.

    In summary, my feelings are: ‘it depends’.

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