Melissa McCarthy Wants Reporters To Stop Asking Female Celebrities About This Ridiculous Topic

"There has to be something more."

Actress Melissa McCarthy is busy gearing up for the premiere of her new film The Boss, as well as the long-awaited, female-cast-featuring reboot of the '80s fan-favorite, Ghostbusters. 

But in a recent interview with Refinery29, she took time to address an issue that's pervasive in Hollywood: actresses' weights.

See, McCarthy recently revealed to Extra that she has lost 50 pounds thanks to not doing "anything fun," but slammed the obsession with female celebrities' scale numbers rather than their personalities.

"I have [lost weight], but I'll be back again," she told Refinery29 in the candid confession. "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."

McCarthy — an amazing comedian, as evidenced by the below trailer for The Boss — would be a terrible talent to lose to mediocrity! But it's been seen time and time again that women in Hollywood are often asked ridiculous questions about their bodies and their style choices, or relegated to a position that is less than that of a man, rather than interviewers getting to know them better or asking them to speak out about issues.

"There has to be something more," McCarthy said to Refinery29. "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."

She then brings up an important point about women's male counterparts in the movie business.

"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 fuck are you talking about? Why are you asking about the shape of my butt?' " she said.


McCarthy's connection proves why movements such as The Representation Project's #AskHerMore campaign are so important: If women are denied the opportunities to talk about subjects other than their bodies, they'll get continuously marginalized not only in Hollywood, but in the rest of society as well. Kudos to her for adding her voice to the chorus fighting being compartmentalized.


(H/T: Refinery29)

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