Leave it to Melissa McCarthy to shut down questions on her appearance in a nothing short of comical way.
According to The Huffington Post, the actress was being interviewed by Refinery29 when the reporter posed a question referencing her recent weight loss. And McCarthy didn’t hold back.
“I have [lost weight], but I’ll be back again,” she responded. “I’ll be up, I’ll be down, probably for the rest of my life. The thing is, if that is the most interesting thing about me, I need to go have a lavender farm in Minnesota and give this up.”
Her answer implies that her weight loss is the only thing that could possibly be interesting about her, which completely disregards her career — a career that The Huffington Post points out includes being a “stellar actress, writer and producer” as well as the creator of her body-inclusive clothing line Seven7.
But McCarthy didn’t end her response there. She then painted a picture of how ridiculous it is that women are incessantly asked questions about their appearances, while men rarely receive such inquiries.
“There has to be something more,” she said. “There are so many more intriguing things about women than their butt or their this or their that. It can’t be the first question every time, or a question at all. It’s like, ‘Can you imagine them asking some of these guys I work with, ‘How do you keep your butt looking so good?’ It would be like, ‘What the fuck are you talking about? Why are you asking about the shape of my butt?’”
McCarthy’s ability to comically shut down gendered questions while also pointing out the larger issue surrounding such questions makes us love her all the more.