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Jillian Michaels Says Guy Who Called Melissa McCarthy a 'Hippo' Is Pure Evil (VIDEO)

by Maressa Brown on February 13, 2013 at 3:28 PM

jillian michaelsThere's been some serious backlash to movie critic Rex Reed's fat-shaming of Melissa McCarthy in his review of Identity Thief. Unsurprising, being that the guy referred to the brilliant comic acctress as "cacophonous, tractor-sized," "a screeching, humongous creep, "a female hippo," and "a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success." (Uh. Yeah.)

But one of the biggest names out there fighting back may surprise some people. Biggest Loser's toughest trainer Jillian Michaels has taken a stand against Reed, telling him to "shut up" and describing what he said as "evil ... prejudiced [and] wrong in every possible way." YES!

Check it out ...

Love. This.

Goes to show that although she is one of the most vocal health advocates in pop culture and she believes in getting in shape no matter what and never making excuses, Jillian would also NEVER resort to or endorse the kind of cruelty Reed employed in his review to make her point.

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Sure, Jillian yells at her contestants sometimes. But it's always delivered with tough love. She asks if they want to kick their Type 2 diabetes, live long enough to see their kids get married some day, etc. But she's never straight-up MEAN. And that's exactly what Reed was. And the guy's just a freakin' movie critic. Where does he get off commenting on anyone's size -- let alone a hilarious, brilliant actress who isn't asking what ANYONE thinks about her weight or her health? 

Well, it's one thing for Jenny McCarthy to defend her cousin and slam Reed. But when a celebrated fitness guru Jillian Michaels is coming to Melissa's defense, that's really awesome. Hopefully Reed's listening -- and learns his lesson that his vile vitirol simply won't be tolerated.

What do you think about Jillian Michaels' defense of Melissa McCarthy? Surprised?


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Filed Under: body image, weight loss, obesity


  • jkm89


    February 13, 2013 at 4:17 PM
    Love Jillian Michaels. She's obviously a tough bitch, but she's not mean-spirited like this movie critic.
  • PRIMA487


    February 13, 2013 at 4:21 PM
    Rex Reed has always been an ass hole and he will always be an ass hole. I remember him in the 70s bashing Liza for being an actress because "she's ugly". He's some old cockeyed twisted mouth queen who thinks the old studio contract system exists or should exist. And yes,I know I was no better than he in name calling, but sometimes the situation just calls for it.
  • Jenn
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    February 15, 2013 at 7:04 PM
    And by the way Sir Know it All movie critic, she has not been "a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success" for her entire career (which acutally has not been that short) she played Sookie St James for 7 seasons on the Gilmore Girls, which Sookie was not a character that was obnoxious or outrageous.
  • mommy...


    March 6, 2013 at 2:14 PM
    For once I agree with her
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