Rebel Wilson Responds To Backlash Over Her Clothing Range

Rebel Wilson has responded to backlash over her clothing range.
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Rebel Wilson has responded to the fierce backlash surrounding her clothing range. 

The Bridesmaids star, 42, has lost 80 pounds since 2020 and reached her ‘goal weight’ in the summer.

For a long time, Wilson was known as one of the very few ‘big’ actresses in Hollywood.

She earned plaudits and awards for her portrayal of Patricia ‘Fat Amy’ Hobert in the musical comedy film series Pitch Perfect.

Since losing weight, Wilson has claimed that her team wanted her to remain Hollywood’s ‘funny fat girl’, despite her wishes to ‘transform and change’ her life both physically and mentally.

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Now, Wilson – who recently announced the birth of her baby girl via a surrogate – has been widely criticised by fans for ‘forgetting about the fat community’, as she failed to include plus-size options in her new R&R Club range in November.

The collection, curated with partner Ramona Agruma, offers expensive hoodies and sweatpants in sizes XS to XL.

Critics accused the Bridesmaids actress of ‘fatphobia’, and claimed Wilson should have known better, as she knows ‘how hard it is to be fat’. 

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One person wrote on Twitter: “Still sniggering at Rebel Wilson creating a clothing line that doesn’t cater to plus sizing. 

“Absolutely wild scenes, but not surprising. Former fat people can sometimes end up being the worst when it comes to fatphobia and/or exclusion.”

Another added: “This whole Rebel Wilson situation is deep under my skin. 

“She honestly put out a clothing line that doesn’t include any plus sizes, even combining L and XL. 

“Her entire career was built around her mocking her own plus-sized body. The audacity.”

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However, others took to the social media platform and defended Wilson.

Defending her, one said: “I don’t know. Maybe she understands that being fat isn’t something that should be promoted or celebrated. 

“I mean, size XL is big enough.”

As well as fans, a number of influencers attacked Wilson over the perceived lack of inclusivity.

Rebel Wilson Instagram story
Rebel Wilson has faced a backlash over her clothing range. Credit: @rebelwilson/Instagram

Destiny Ann asked in a TikTok video: “Can we talk about the lack of size inclusivity in Rebel Wilson’s new brand?

“I don’t understand how someone who is plus-size for the majority of her career and the majority of her life – someone who knows how hard it is to be fat, to shop for clothing and actually find it in your size – how someone with that background, that knowledge can release a brand that only goes up to an XL.”

Another TikToker, Lacey-Jade Christie, also created a video and asked why Wilson had ‘forgotten’ about her plus-size fans.

She said: “I know she’s not fat anymore, but the fat community supported Rebel Wilson for her whole career.

“She profited off of being a fat person, a fat character.”

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Wilson took to Instagram on Tuesday to respond to the criticism. 

She wrote: “In success, we are planning on doing more colours and sizes for R&R CLUB.

“We are experimenting with this limited capsule collection of only two pieces in limited sizes.”

She then asked fans what colours and sizes they would be interested in, before confirming that the current collection is almost sold out.

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Written by Cal Gaunt

Cal is a former content editor at IGV who specialised in writing trending and entertainment news. He previously worked as a news reporter at the Lancashire Telegraph and earned an NCTJ in Sports Journalism.