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Melissa McCarthy says she's unfazed by critic's 'tractor sized' comment

Melissa McCarthy wins the female star of the

Melissa McCarthy wins the female star of the year award at the CinemaCon 2013 Big Screen Achievement Awards at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. (April 18, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

Melissa McCarthy isn't letting anyone rain on her parade.

Are you listening, Rex Reed?

The 42-year-old actress proves in a Thursday New York Times article that she is not only hilarious but classy and down-to-earth. Rather than viciously attack Reed, who referred to her as "tractor sized" in a February New York Observer review of McCarthy's movie "Identity Thief," she takes the high road and questions what was going on in the newsroom.

"Why would someone OK that?" she says in The Times piece.

But Reed's comments go beyond his "tractor-sized" dig. In his review, he also refers to her as "a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success."

Her response?

"I felt really bad for someone who is swimming in so much hate. I just thought, that’s someone who’s in a really bad spot, and I am in such a happy spot. I laugh my head off every day with my husband and my kids who are mooning me and singing me songs.”

Perhaps he is unaware of her Emmy win for "Mike & Molly" and her Oscar nomination for "Bridesmaids," which took in more than $288 million worldwide.

Reed began his critique of "Identity Theft" with, "How many ways can a grown person waste valuable time and lose vital I.Q. points at the same time? If you’re a movie critic, the possibilities are unlimited."

Between rude comments, which don't address McCarthy's performance, and a lead like that, who wouldn't be Team Melissa?


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