Melissa McCarthy responds to Elle controversy
October 22nd, 2013
12:40 PM ET

Melissa McCarthy responds to Elle controversy

When Melissa McCarthy picked out a swanky gray coat to wear on the cover of Elle magazine's November issue, she had no idea she was igniting a controversy.

The 43-year-old actress told CNN at the magazine's Monday celebration of Women in Hollywood that the negative reaction to the cover, with some accusing the magazine of putting McCarthy in an overcoat in order to hide her size, caught her off guard.

“I was just completely surprised by it," McCarthy told CNN Monday night. "I’m the one that grabbed the coat off the rack ... I thought it was a fantastic coat, it was really chic."

The reason she picked it, "The Heat" actress says, wasn't because she was ashamed of her figure but because she was excited for the seasonal fashion to come.

"I had a great little black dress on, and it was summer, and I was like, 'Oh God, is summer ever gonna end? I want it to be coat weather.' So I grabbed the coat and ran up on the roof and we shot it," she said.

If McCarthy has any regrets, it's that she didn't keep the coat as swag. "I didn’t steal the coat, which now I regret," she joked. "It was gorgeous, I should’ve taken it.”

That explanation may not satisfy those who saw a discrepancy between the other stars Elle picked to cover their Women in Hollywood issue, like Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley, who are shown not in heavy winter gear but a sleek dress with cutouts and a bathing suit.

As one observer on Twitter said, "#Elle Put Melissa McCarthy In A Big Coat To Hide Her Body – The coat is gorge, but the difference in shots is sad."

Elle's Editor in Chief, Robbie Myers, reiterated the magazine's official statement that stylists worked with McCarthy to select a look they like and feel comfortable in.

The response, Myers said, is "a manufactured controversy over a manufactured problem. I think she looked beautiful and she loved it ... I don’t think Melissa McCarthy is doing anything that she doesn’t want to do."

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  1. Wow

    I thought I'd look at the comments on this article in the hopes that someone had stuck up for Melissa McCarthy. Instead, I see a bunch of people tearing someone down over and over again. If you don't think she's beautiful, don't comment! No one cares about your insanely negative and self centered opinion. We hear and read in the news about kids bullying other kids and wonder what's wrong with them. People like you are exactly what's wrong with them.

    It's a magazine cover. Who cares? It's a rockin coat and she wears it well. Should be end of story but I guess people can never just be happy.

    November 13, 2013 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. josh rogen

    i'd be more upset with the airbrushing then the coat

    November 6, 2013 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. J. Smith


    November 6, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. sara

    Isn't it enough that's she's beautiful and showed upon on Elle? No can be pleased anymore.

    October 27, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. fernislayingdownagain

    She has an infectious smile, adorable dimples, laughter in her eyes, and a kick-ass sense of humor! I find her not only beautiful, but inspiring! I don't have a lot to laugh about these days, an electrical accident at work ended my nursing career 10 years and 2 weeks ago. Massive nerve damage has me in pain almost all of the time, Spinal fusion was done to minimize the movement in my back, but it failed to fuse. My husband walked out after telling me I was just no fun anymore. I have a full time job of going to doctors, therapists, and anyone else who might know a way for me to have a day without pain. Ms McCarthy is better than morphine for me, and I am so glad she was brave enough to become a public figure, knowing you people would all be sitting around judging her. I might have come to the same conclusion as many, but if she says she selected that gorgeous coat then I believe her. Besides, if ELLE had given her a skimpy thing to wear, you bitter pills would find reasons to get hostile for that. There will always be those who aren't happy unless they've found something that makes them unhappy. I think Melissa McCarthy is beautifully amazing.

    October 27, 2013 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. Sussay

    MM is right... the coat IS chic and she looks fab in it!

    October 23, 2013 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tony

    She looks great, but what happened to her three chins?

    October 22, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lyn B.

    I have to agree with Melissa. That IS a da*n nice looking coat! The thing that bothers me is, it's probably not anywhere near affordable for the average person. Bummer.

    October 22, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. elsa de jesus

    It is very sad and unthinkable that a very classy, elegant picture cover of Melissa McCarthy can become a controversy. How remarkable that she has chosen good fashion sense instead of physical intimidation by declining showing skin, and to say it is a cover up of her plus size just reveals how we are so displaced with our perspective. Congratulations to Elle Magazine for making good decent choices.

    October 22, 2013 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rebecca

    It's October so a skimpy outfit is not correct and she looks Fabulous! All the negative comments are ridiculous!!! There is always going to be THOSE people who never have anything posituve to say about anything! Melissa YOU LOOK AWESOME!!!!!

    October 22, 2013 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |

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