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'Deeply sorry': Rebel Wilson apologises for plus-size claim

'Deeply sorry': Rebel Wilson apologises for plus-size claim

When someone tweeted her pointing out that both Latifah and Mo'Nique had starring rom-com parts, she responded: "Hey girl!" In a series of tweets, the actress admitted she was wrong to claim the title of "first-ever plus-sized" woman to play the lead in a romantic comedy and was "deeply sorry".

Rebel Wilson is under fresh fire for appearing to block critics of colour who have taken issue with her comments on plus-size rom-coms.

Rebel Wilson has doubled down on a post stating she is the first plus sized rom-com star. In particular, numerous critics of color - many of whom brought up Queen Latifah and Mo'Nique in their comments - reported being blocked by Wilson over the weekend. Wilson's tweet ignored the several black women who have starred in romantic comedies, like Queen Latifah and Mo'Nique.

Twitter was quick to point out, however, that Wilson overlooked a number of plus-size actresses who've starred in romantic comedies before.

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It wasn't long before Mo'Nique herself got involved requesting Rebel "not allow this business to erase [their] talent with giving grey areas and technicalities".

By Saturday, Mo'Nique herself chimed in on Twitter, suggesting Wilson "take a moment and know the history" of romantic comedies before making such bold claims about her casting. "Let's please not allow this business to erase our talent with giving grey areas and technicalities", the Oscar victor said. I wish you the best, ' the 50-year-old wrote. She's blocked so many people that they're now using a hashtag: #RebelWilsonBlockedMe. She also said she will address the criticism while promoting the film "in proper forums". "I support all plus size ladies and everything positive we are doing together".

Many on Twitter accused Wilson of ignoring the achievements of black women and blocking them when they pointed it out.

"Isn't It Romantic" also stars Liam Hemsworth, Adam DeVine, and Priyanka Chopra.