Weight Wars: Public Figures Make Plus-Sized Headlines

Actress Melissa McCarthy takes heat after critic's harsh comments on weight.
2:05 | 02/09/13

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Now to that headline involving a well-loved comedic ACTRESS, melissa McCarthy. A critic taking on her wei tonight, some of her fans are fighting back. Here's abc's tanya rivero. Reporter: Melissa mccarthy, is one of the hottest actresses in hollywood. Star of the new movie "identity thief." Reviews have been mixed. But veteran critic rex reed's scathing write-up got personal. calling McCarthy "tractor-sized" and a "hippo." Setting off a firestorm for the actress. While she hasn't spoken publicly about it, she has spoken candidly about her weight in the past. I dropped 94 pounds. I don't think that's going to happen. I got a great husband and I go to work every day and do what i want. Reporter: That work, stealing scenes like this one in the movie "bridesmaids." Skillfully using her body to comedic advantage. She can open a movie and lead a movie. And she can do everything from slapstick to really more intelligent comedy. Reporter: Mccarthy isn't the only one under fire this week for her weight. New jersey governor chris christie poked fun at size. When a doctor publicly voiced concern about his health, the famously confrontational governor fired back. Completely irresponsible. She should shut up. Reporter: Last year, adele gracefully deflected karl lagerfeld's comment that she was a little too fat. Telling cbs' "60 minutes." That personal criticism isn't STOPPING melissa McCarthy. At the top of her game and comfortable in her own skin. Getting the last laugh. It would be hard to overstate the anger generated the review by rex reed. One man tweeted that reed is no better than a school bully. It will be interested to see if reed feels that an apology is in

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