The New York Observer's movie critic Rex Reed, who made offensive remarks concerning 's full body, stands his ground and refuses to apologize. In an email to Us Weekly, Reed said, "I can only repeat what I have said before - that I do not have, nor have I ever had, anything personal against people who suffer from obesity."
"What I object to is the disgusting attempt to pretend obesity is funny. It is not remotely humorous, and every obese comedian who ever made jokes about the disease are now dead from strokes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. As a critic whose opinions are constitutionally protected by law, I stand by all of my original remarks about Melissa McCarthy's obesity, which I consider about as amusing as cancer, and apologize for nothing," he wrote.