Yesterday I wrote that Rebel Wilson needed to correct her mistake by apologizing and moving on. She has, but it took a lot to get to this point – doubling down on assertion that she is the plus size woman to star in a rom-com, blocking women, particularly WOC, who tried to point out that she was mistaken, and then the hashtag #RebelWilsonBlockedMeOnTwitter was covered in multiple publications. From a public relations perspective, this apology is barely going to make a dent this week because of the election. This was a total mess that didn’t need to be anything; remember when Sam Smith won an Oscar and announced in his speech that he was the first openly gay man to do so? He was not, and he sort of ignored it until his next album cycle. So my question is: did he handle it better, or is Rebel catching more sh-t because of the reaction to her mistake, rather than the mistake itself? Or is this a case of social media eagerly trying to “cancel” someone who doesn’t have a devoted online fan base for reinforcement?
In a couple of well-intentioned moments, hoping to lift my fellow plus sized women up, I neglected to show the proper respect to those who climbed this mountain before me like Mo’Nique, Queen Latifah, Melissa McCarthy, Ricki Lake and likely many others.— Rebel Wilson (@RebelWilson) November 5, 2018
With the help of some very compassionate and well-thought out responses from others on social media, I now realize what I said was not only wrong but also incredibly hurtful. To be part of a problem I was hoping I was helping makes it that much more embarrassing & hard to-— Rebel Wilson (@RebelWilson) November 5, 2018
acknowledge. I blocked people on Twitter because I was hurting from the criticism, but those are the people I actually need to hear from more, not less. Again, I am deeply sorry.— Rebel Wilson (@RebelWilson) November 5, 2018
And yet he has time to climb trees.
We should be allowed to vote on our phones.— Noah centineo (@noahcent) November 6, 2018
I think Britney is the only celebrity I follow who is not focusing on posting about voting today, which is how she rolls. But let’s examine this shot of her hiking – are those boxer shorts with the band rolled over?
Even Mimi is in the spirit. Don’t be bleak.
There’s been some debate about whether or not the celebrity profile is dead. I think as long as we have writers like Caity Weaver and Taffy Brodesser-Akner and David Marchese, it lives. The same conversation has been happening for quite a while about negative book reviews – are they necessary? What purpose do they serve? Some publications even have a policy to stick to the positive. I’m mentioning all this because of Andrea Long Chu’s review of Jill Soloway’s She Wants It. It’s a breathtaking takedown. I mean that literally – I gasped several times. It is so smart, so harsh, so funny, so superior – this review should be a book. Yesterday, as the piece bounced around Twitter, Jill (who is in the middle of promoting this book), deleted her account. Read the review here. Once won’t be enough.