Making an ass of oneself and getting paid for it [Rex Reed: A career of offensiveness – Salon.com]
“Long-time film critic Rex Reed — who incidentally acted in one of the worst films ever made, the 1970 adaptation of Gore Vidal’s novel “Myra Breckinridge” — is making headlines today for his particularly offensive review of “Identity Thief,” in which he called comedian Melissa McCarthy “humongous,” “tractor-sized,” and a “female hippo.” He continued to focus on nothing but her weight, trivializing her fame to the point of calling the “Bridesmaids” star “a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success.
But Reed’s unabashed offensiveness, while extreme, is nothing new. As film buffs have long known, the critic has been writing incendiary, ill-informed and poorly conceived reviews for decades. Below is a collection of some of inciter’s
greatest worst offenses over the years:”