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Melissa McCarthy brushes off cruel weight comments from movie critic

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Jun 13, 2013 | 1:17pm EDT

Full-figured actress Melissa Mccarthy has brushed off cruel comments from a movie critic about her weight by refusing to let others sour her mood. While reviewing her comedy Identity Thief in February (13), Rex Reed of the New York Observer called the Bridesmaids star "tractor-sized" and "a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success". Curvy McCarthy never released a statement about the scathing piece, which caused many of her pals to jump to her defence, and now the 42 year old has broken her silence on Reed's review during an interview with The New York Times. When asked about her initial reaction to the article, she said, "'Really? Why would someone (an editor) O.K. that?'" But McCarthy insists she is not bothered by his words, even though they "may have crushed" her when she was younger. She added, "I felt really bad for someone who is swimming in so much hate. I just thought, that's someone who's in a really bad spot, and I am in such a happy spot. I laugh my head off every day with my husband and my kids who are mooning me and singing me songs." This is the latest drama surrounding McCarthy's weight - fans in the U.K. were recently outraged after film chiefs behind her upcoming movie The Heat appeared to digitally slim down the actress in a promotional poster for the comedy.

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