14 Times Rebel Wilson Deserved Better From The Media

Tell me again why she was ashamed of doing things like changing her name, which half of Hollywood does too.

Rebel Wilson recently stepped out, posting an adorable photo with his girlfriend on his Instagram.

However, news soon arrived that Australian gossip columnist Andrew Hornery was going to reveal the news himself before Rebel could and had given him a two-day window to respond before publishing an article on Wilson’s relationship…leading to Rebel. post first.

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It’s clearly screwed up, and it got me thinking…that’s not the only issue Wilson has had with the press. In fact, she was treated super badly, and I have the receipts to prove it. Here are 14 times newspapers and magazines had to apologize to Rebel.


First, let’s talk about this gossip columnist in more depth. Not only did he almost eliminate Wilson, but Hornery responded as if he were the victim of the situation, not the person he almost eliminated. Hornery said he emailed Wilson for a comment, which led to her coming out on Instagram, so he later claimed Wilson chose “to watch the story.” He also wrote, “His choice to ignore our discreet, genuine and honest requests was, in our view, disappointing.

The column has since been deleted and is now linked to an apology to Wilson, but Hornery denied that his article was intended to “kill” Wilson. Wilson responded to the situation on Twitter, calling it “difficult” but saying she was “trying to handle it with grace”.

@katedoak @smh @theage Thanks for your feedback, it was a very difficult situation but I’m trying to handle it with grace 💗

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While a large number of people supported Rebel’s relationship, it was used by others as an opportunity to make fun of her. For example, in an Australian show Did you pay attention, the comedians joked about Rebel after the news.

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While they haven’t made fun of her relationship, in particular, using Rebel’s coming out as an opportunity to bring her up and make fun of her is seriously uncool.


Next, let’s talk about the libel case that Rebel Wilson won against several magazines. In 2015, Australia’s Women’s Day magazine published an article titled “Separating fact from fiction: Will the real Rebel Wilson please stand up?” The article (among other things) alleged that Wilson lied about his age, name and education.


Many other outlets picked up the information shared in the article.

While Wilson had changed her name (which is pretty standard for Hollywood) and simply refused to answer questions about her age (not that unusual either), she sued for defamation, claiming she had no not lie. Because these articles portrayed her as a “serial liar”, she said she lost several roles, such as in Kung Fu Panda 3 and Trolls. “Month after month, doors that were open have closed,” she said at the trial.

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Wilson also faced a ton of focus on his weight and body. After embarking on a “healthy year” in 2020, largely in preparation for pregnancy, Wilson has lost 77 pounds. There has been intense media coverage of her weight loss – including a People magazine cover that some say played into a shameful narrative.


I mean, just look at the Daily Mail. It was just me searching for “Rebel Wilson” and scrolling down, not looking for anything about weight loss or her body.


In fact, a Daily Mail article called her “unrecognizable” and said she was “overwhelmed” in her clothes.


And a quick search of page six shows a ton of articles on Rebel, almost all with the term “slimed down” in the title.


And okay! Magazine says she went from “Fat Amy” to “Fit Amy”.

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This is of course a reference to Rebel’s Perfect character, who goes by “Fat Amy” so others don’t call her that first.

It got to the point where the media coverage of his weight was much broader and more pervasive than the coverage of his career. “In 2019, I had, like, four movies that came out, two that I produced and one, JoJo Rabbit, which was nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture,” Wilson herself pointed out. “Still, I get more press the following year where I do nothing but lose weight.”

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“People are so obsessed with weight,” Wilson said, though she admitted she “got it” after following Oprah’s weight loss journey closely.


Rebel herself is certainly entitled to prefer that online platforms use more current photos of her. A few weeks ago, she posted to her Instagram Story and asked if someone could change her Wikipedia photo — which was ten years old — and fans delivered.

However, this is how the interaction was reported by the Daily Mail. I don’t know where they get their “rages” from in the photo above. Also, someone has since changed the photo to one even older than the original – from 2012. Obviously someone is messing with Rebel.


Speaking of her weight loss, many outlets, including People, also incorrectly reported that Rebel used the “Mayr Method” to lose weight. Wilson took to her Instagram Story to say, “This was never my diet, please stop writing this stuff,” adding that she “would never have approved of either. diet pills or magic pills to lose weight”.


“It’s really annoying when people use my image illegally or in a misleading way,” Wilson wrote.


She also added that she “would never have endorsed diet pills or magic diet pills either” after her image was falsely used in advertisements for numerous diet pills online.

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This claim not only hurts the fans who can buy the pills, but Wilson’s reputation.


That’s not where the discussion about her body ends either – there’s also this really weird article about all the times she’s gone braless???


And that really means a TMZ article that was really just a poll to find out if readers thought Rebel had plastic surgery or not.

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And finally, it’s OK! A magazine article asked plastic surgeons if Rebel had plastic surgery in addition to her weight loss.


I hate to speculate on celebrity plastic surgery. Like, okay, there are instances where celebrities who don’t talk about their own plastic surgery can promote unrealistic beauty standards. But overall it just seems demeaning and somehow out of place.

TL; DR: I understand that celebrities have to face a certain level of scrutiny. But dealing with unwarranted reports about your sexuality, weight, possible surgery, age, fertility, etc. just isn’t cool, and Rebel Wilson deserves a major apology.

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