Seth Gordon's "Identity Thief" is currently sitting on a dismal 26% rating at Rotten Tomatoes, so suffice it to say the critics are collectively donning their Not Impressed faces right now about the flick. One reviewer, however, has found himself on the receiving end of the movie world's vitriol thanks to his excessively scathing comments about leading actress Melissa McCarthy.
Rex Reed of The New York Observer has come under hefty fire for his harsh word choices about the actress' plus size stature in his write-up on the flick.
Not only did Reed needlessly refer to her as "tractor-sized" in his opening mention of her part in the film and refer to her character as a "female hippo" and a "screeching, humongous creep," he also added a pound of salt to the wound by calling McCarthy herself and "a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success."
Needless to say, the responses to Reed's post were furious, pointing out not only the insensitivity of the review but also the latent misogyny apparent within. "I'd like you to look at her male counterparts and ask yourself which of them has ever brought you to such hostility before," wrote one commenter. Several others have vowed to boycott the publication altogether as a result.
This isn't the first time Reed has found himself in hot water over his words, either. Back in 1974, Jerry Lewis ripped him a new one via six page letter after Reed trashed Frank Sinatra's comeback performance at Madison Square Garden and referred to Ol' Blue Eyes himself as "Porky Pig."