The “Pitch Perfect” and “Bridesmaids” star issued a strongly worded apology in series of tweets Monday evening.
“I now realize what I said was not only wrong but also incredibly hurtful,” she wrote, acknowledging that she “neglected to show the proper respect” to Queen Latifah, Mo’Nique and other plus-size actresses who’ve appeared in rom-coms.
Wilson sparked outrage after her claim during an Oct. 31 appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to promote her new movie, “Isn’t It Romantic.” The film sees the Aussie-born actress playing a jaded, unlucky-in-love New Yorker who wakes up after an accident to find herself trapped in a “Pretty Woman”-style romantic comedy.
In what appeared to be an attempt to explain why she believes “Isn’t It Romantic” breaks away from Hollywood rom-com tropes, Wilson told DeGeneres, “I’m proud to be the first-ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy.”
Others argued that Wilson’s comment amounted to an example of black erasure in popular culture.
By Saturday, Mo’Nique herself had chimed in.
It’s unclear whether the controversy will affect “Isn’t It Romantic.” The movie, which also stars Adam DeVine and Liam Hemsworth, is due out Valentine’s Day 2019.