Melissa McCarthy's performance in "Identity Thief" (whether you like it or not) was all but overshadowed by a now infamous New York Observer review, one that the actress chose not to comment on -- until now.

The "Bridesmaids" actress spoke to the New York Times about critic Rex Reed's scathing review of the comedy and his remarks about not only her performance, but her appearance, particularly her weight. Reed described the Oscar nominee as "tractor-sized," and dubbed her "a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success."

McCarthy told the times her initial reaction was disbelief.

"Really?" she said, "Why would someone O.K. that?"

But, being the class act that she is, the actress then took the high road, adding "I felt really bad for someone who is swimming in so much hate. I just thought, that's someone who's in a really bad spot, and I am in such a happy spot. I laugh my head off every day with my husband and my kids who are mooning me and singing me songs."

The 42-year-old also made it a point to comment on the effect remarks such as Reed's can have on young girls like her daughters, Vivian, 6, and Georgette, 3, saying if she were in her 20s "it may have crushed me."

McCarthy can next be seen in "The Heat" alongside Sandra Bullock.

[via NY Times]

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