Just when I thought I couldn’t love Melissa McCarthy any more, she yet again exceeds my expectations. With the image of a “perfect woman” that is encouraged by the public today, no one faces more scrutiny than celebrities. All you have to do is look at the comments on a picture a celebrity posts on social media to see them shamed for being “too skinny” or “too fat”. Every day women are made to feel like they are less beautiful than they are, strictly because of the way their body is shaped.
Melissa McCarthy speaks out to this issue of body shaming in the article cited below, saying that stores often assume that she doesn’t want to be seen due to her fuller figure. She says, “There is just this weird thing about how we perceive women in this country. I would love to be a part of breaking that down.” The readings of this unit all speak out to the perception of women in America, and McCarthy confirms these thoughts from first-hand experience. She even tells a story about a confrontation she experienced with a critic who insulted her husband for directing movies that made her look “homely”. It’s amazing to me that such a successful woman is subjected to harsh criticism based on her appearance, as opposed to praise for her five-star performances. America’s infatuation with beauty is disappointing, but our perception of how we define that beauty is simply unacceptable.
Source: Clements, Erin. “Melissa McCarthy Slams Body-shaming: ‘People Don’t Stop at Size 12′” TODAY. NBC News, 26 May 2015. Web. 08 June 2016.