'Take a seat on this one Rebel Wilson': Actress schooled for claiming she's 'the first-ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy'

While it’s true that plus-size women aren’t well-represented in leading roles of major Hollywood films — especially romcoms — the well-liked Rebel Wilson declaring herself “the first-ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy” isn’t sitting well with the internet.

The Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect actress is starring in and producing the film Isn’t It Romantic, which is about a woman disenchanted with love who mysteriously finds herself trapped inside a romcom where she’s caught between two love interests (Liam Hemsworth and Adam DeVine). She was on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday to debut the trailer for the film and said she had “such a ball filming” the flick that breaks away from Hollywood stereotypes for plus-size characters. She also made the “first-ever plus-sized girl” proclamation.

Here’s Rebel on Ellen:

And here’s the trailer for Isn’t It Romantic:

While people are applauding the idea of the film (well, mostly), many are taking issue with her statement because, well, Queen Latifah and Mo’Nique and Ricki Lake did it first. (But especially the Queen.) That led to an online debate between fans and the Australian comedic actress — and several suggesting it’s another case of black people being erased from history.

 

The posts actually got Wilson’s attention and she posted a reply.

Which really only led to more debate.

Even Amy Schumer was dragged into the debate. While Schumer is not plus-size, it seemed that this debate is another reason to bash her movie, I Feel Pretty — or compare the two.

Wilson later posted another reply, noting that the comments — and criticisms — had been seen.

But will people go see the movie? And will Wilson change the way she describes her role? We’ll know closer to Valentine’s Day, which is when the film hits theaters.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 02: Actress Rebel Wilson is seen on June 2, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by wow/Star Max/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: Rebel Wilson attends day one of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on June 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
BURBANK, CA - APRIL 09: Actress Rebel Wilson arrives at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actors Adam DeVine (L) and Rebel Wilson kiss as they accept the Best Kiss award for 'Pitch Perfect 2' onstage during the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 01: Rebel Wilson attends a basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on March 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Rebel Wilson arrives at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09: (L-R) Producer Dana Fox, Leslie Mann, Dakota Johnson, Director Christian Ditter, Alison Brie and Rebel Wilson attend the European Premiere of 'How To Be Single' at the Vue West End on February 9, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Rebel Wilson attends the European Premiere of 'How To Be Single' on February 9, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 03: Actors Alison Brie and Rebel Wilson attend the 'How To Be Single' New York premiere at NYU Skirball Center on February 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21: Rebel Wilson (C) and guests attend the 6th annual Music Supervisors Awards at The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown LA on January 21, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Rebel Wilson attends the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women Of The Year Awards at One Mayfair on December 2, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: Rebel Wilson attending the Absolutely Fabulous film Wrap party at U restaurant on December 1, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Robert Milan/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Actress Rebel Wilson arrives at the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 22: Actress Rebel Wilson attends Tracy Paul & Company presents REBEL WILSON FOR TORRID Launch at Milk Studios on October 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for TORRID)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Actress Rebel Wilson speaks onstage during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: [EDITOR'S NOTE: This image contains profanity.] Actress Rebel Wilson speaks onstage during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Comedian Rebel Wilson (L) and TV personality Kelly Osbourne attend the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/MTV1415/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Rebel Wilson attends the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
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