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Jenny McCarthy defends cousin Melissa McCarthy in scathing review of 'Identity Thief' from New York Observer critic Rex Reed

By Gina DiFalco,

Melissa McCarthy’s cousin, Jenny McCarthy, is defending her against a scathing review of her film Identity Thief, during which New York Observer critic Rex Reed called her “tractor-sized,” “obese,” and other cruel names.

In the review, Reed singled out McCarthy, the female lead, by saying she was a “gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success.”

But her cousin, TV personality Jenny, is now defending her.

“I don't have the whole story, but, I do know that, after being in this business 20 years, it's really crummy that you get attacked in your personal life in general,” she told E! News.

She added, “That's obnoxious in itself. For anyone to attack like that, it's just wrong and hurtful, and it doesn't do anyone any good—not even Rex Reed, you know?"

But Reed, himself, has since defended his review, telling WOR 710 AM’s Mark Simone, "My point was that I object to using health issues like obesity as comic talking points... [McCarthy] is basing her career on being obnoxious and being overweight. And I don't think that's funny. I have too many friends that have died of obesity-related illnesses, heart problems and diabetes, and I have actually lost friends to this.”

He added, “I have helped people try to lose weight, and I don't find this to be the subject of a lot of humor. I have a perfect right to say that. My review was really more about the movie and about the character she plays in the movie than it is about her. I don't care how much she weighs. I don't care how much Melissa McCarthy weighs. She wants to be fat? Mark, she's crying all the way to the bank."

 
 

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