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Twitter Is Invoking Plus-Sized Legends of the Past to Drag Rebel Wilson

By Pippa Raga

On Halloween, Rebel Wilson posted a trailer of her upcoming film Isn't It Romantic as a "treat" for her fans on Instagram. The clip opens with a scene of a chubby girl watching TV, whose mother walks into the room urging her not to daydream about on-screen fairy tales because "girls like us don't get that.

Flash forward 25 years and the protagonist is going through the motions of balancing the struggles of dating and work when she is suddenly pick-pocketed and rendered unconscious in a New York City subway station. When she wakes up from hitting her head, she finds everything around her looks like it's been manipulated with "a beauty filter," and the audience is invited to watch as Rebel's character's world becomes the romantic comedy she wished for as a child.

When Rebel went on Ellen to discuss her upcoming project, in which she stars alongside Liam Hemsworth and Priyanka Chopra, she was quickly dragged by the internet for a thoughtless comment she made. Chuffed about her newest film, she told the daytime host, "I’m proud to be the first-ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy" and social media lurkers and celebrities alike urged the actress to walk it back immediately.