Melissa McCarthy: "We Tear Down Women in This Country"

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Melissa McCarthy talks about a conversation she had with a critic who insulted her physical appearance in a movie.

Melissa McCarthy appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday and spoke candidly about a conversation she had with a journalist who criticized her physical appearance in Tammy.

"He said, basically, I’m only a good actress when I look attractive and that my husband shouldn’t be allowed to direct me because he let me look hideous in this movie," said McCarthy, "And it was a lot of things and just like kind of how dare women not look beautiful, perfect and attractive in a movie. And he came up to me — and I was surprised that he talked to me because he was there for a different movie — and I said, 'You know, would you do that to a man?'"

McCarthy recalled that the critic just repeated that she "really looked bad" in the film. So then she asked him if he would speak to his daughter that way. 

"I said, 'Just know that every time you write stuff every young girl in this country reads that and they just get a little bit chipped away," said McCarthy. "I just think that we tear down women in this country for all these superficial reasons, and women are so great and strong. And I think he really heard that."

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