Melissa McCarthy’s career has been an absolute delight to watch blossom from her days as the quirky Sookie on Gilmore Girls to the Tammy.
When the latest preview for The Boss was released, it immediately seemed like another smash hit. Obviously she hit the promotional trail, and in so many of these interview opportunities, instead of talking about you know, her booming career, there was often a much more interesting subject: of course, her weight. This isn’t the first time her weight has been obsessed over publicly, and it’s tired. Sure, it’s incredibly uplifting to see women with curves trailblaze their way through Hollywood, but it doesn’t need to be a platform that they prosper on. What about her acting, her funny behind the scenes moments, her SNL stuff? McCarthy’s someone women might aspire to be like. She and her husband worked alongside each other in her major films, and plan to work on more in the future.
But with monumental career steps like re-creating Ghostbusters with women and starring in the cult classic, Bridesmaids, people are still sticking slightly negative questions about her ever-interesting body into her interviews. Does that really need to be the focus? There are so many positive women in the fashion industry who are constantly embracing and preaching a positive mindset. Why are media outlets suddenly celebrating that anytime Melissa McCarthy steps out of the house in any outfit when they didn’t before she lost weight? Her wardrobe and her weight should be beside the point. Let’s praise her for the more interesting feat: her baddass work.
Here’s her addressing Refinery29 about losing a bunch of weight, in addition to everything else that is infinitely more compelling about her. She notes it’s really not all that endlessly fascinating.
“I have, but I’ll be back again. I’ll be up, I’ll be down, probably for the rest of my life. The thing is, if that is the most interesting thing about me, I need to go have a lavender farm in Minnesota and give this up. There has to be something more. There are so many more intriguing things about women than their butt or their this or their that. It can’t be the first question every time, or a question at all. It’s like, ‘Can you imagine them asking some of these guys I work with, ‘How do you keep your butt looking so good?’ It would be like, ‘What the f*ck are you talking about? Why are you asking about the shape of my butt?’”