Proving that the snappy comebacks she delivers aren't always read from a script, Melissa McCarthy had the perfect response for the reporter who wrote a review claiming that the actress' work was only good when she "looked more attractive." In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the Spy star recounted the incident, which occurred at the Toronto Film Festival last September while she promoted her film St. Vincent.
When the reporter approached her, Melissa immediately called him out on his sexist comments. "Are you the one who wrote I was only a good actor when I looked more attractive and that my husband [Ben Falcone] should never be allowed to direct me because he allowed me to look so homely," the actress recalled. She then asked, "Would you say that to any guy? When John C. Reilly – or any actor – is playing a character that is depressed and dejected, would you say, 'Well, you look terrible!?'"
But Melissa's best point came when she asked the reporter if he had any daughters, then advised him to watch his language for their sake. "Watch what you say to her," she said. "Do you tell her she's only worthwhile or valid when she's pretty?"
She summed up the experience with a final point that women everywhere can surely benefit from. "For someone who has two daughters, I'm wildly aware of how deep that rabbit hole goes," Melissa said. "But I just don't want to start listening to that stuff. I'm trying to take away the double standard of 'You're an unattractive bitch because your character was not skipping along in high heels.'"
Well said, Melissa. We wholeheartedly agree.