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Melissa McCarthy Schools Critic On Sexism After He Targeted Her Looks

Melissa McCarthy attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo
Melissa McCarthy attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Melissa McCarthy handled a critic, who viciously targeted her looks in a film review, by giving him a lesson on sexism.

The actress sat down with Ellen DeGeneres and talked about a recent interview she gave Entertainment Weekly. In the interview, the "St. Vincent" star discussed the negative reviews of 2014's "Tammy." She explained that she came face-to-face with one unnamed critic, who penned a particularly cruel response to the film, trashing not only McCarthy's appearance, but also her marriage. (Her husband, Ben Falcone, directed "Tammy.")

“He'd said basically I'm only a good actress when I look attractive and that my husband shouldn't be allowed to direct me because he let me look hideous in this movie," she told DeGeneres. "And I said, 'Would you do that to a man?' ... I put a lot of time and effort into having her completely not look like she cared about herself. That was part of how I felt she felt on the inside. I said, 'Would you ever say that to a man?' He goes, 'Well, you really looked bad.'"

McCarthy asked the critic if he would want someone to deny his own daughter a job because of her physical appearance.

"I said, 'Just know every time you write stuff, every young girl in this country reads that and they just get a little bit chipped away,'" she said. "I just think we tear down women in this country for all of these superficial reasons and women are so great and strong. And I really think he heard that. The writer was really loving and you could tell he was a loving father. I think that it's a bad habit that we've gotten into, and it's not that people are malicious. I just think it's so easy to take a swipe. Just go the other way; build it up."

And that is how it's done, folks.

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