I haven't seen Identity Theft, but Rex Reed did and her gave it its co-star, Melissa McCarthy, a biting review. The trailer and other, less offensive reviews, do not inspire me to trek out in a blizzard in order to critique it for myself and this is not what I want to write about. Mr. Reed's review, calling Ms. McCarthy a "female hippo," "humongous" and "tractor-sized," has set off a small fire-storm on the gossip sites, calling him to task for his descriptions of her. Readers have reacted with outrage -- thankfully -- and they are right to call out Mr. Reed on his disgraceful abuses against M. McCarthy, who seems to be a warm, funny, real person in her interviews and on Mike and Molly, as well as a true blessing to Bridesmaids.
While I'm angy at his treatment of the actress, and I'm also a little outraged at US, Cosmo, and Gossip Cop for using those epithets as part of theier eye-grabbing titles. Could they have provoced readers' curiosity without such glaring headline quotes that don't even mention the villain of the piece, Mr. Reed?
But I want to address something more serious, which is the line between a realistic body (unlike any of the images next to the readers' comments box on my screen) and being obese. Mr. Reed writes that Miss McCarthy has "devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious". I see nothing particularly obnoxious about her in her other work -- I would call it sassy -- but directors have made as much of her size as they did with Roseanne Formerly-Barr.