Melissa McCarthy will not tolerate double standards on appearances for women actors.
In a visit with Ellen DeGeneres on "The Ellen Show," the actress shared an encounter she had with a reporter who criticized her appearance in her 2014 film, "Tammy."
Prior to their exchange, the reporter wrote an article criticizing McCarthy for looking too "unattractive" in the movie.
McCarthy shared some insight into her character Tammy, who lost her job and uncovered sad truths about her marriage. She explained that she put in time and effort to make Tammy look as though she didn't care about her appearance, as to reflect how she was feeling on the inside.
Regardless, she had one question for the critical reporter...
"Would you do that to a man?"
The reporter wasn't convinced. As McCarthy recalled, he was still concerned that she "really looked bad."
McCarthy then made a comment that apparently was an eye-opener for the reporter.
"I hope you don't have a daughter."
McCarthy learned the reporter did have a daughter and loved his children dearly. She asked him to imagine his daughter getting rejected for a job for being so-called "unattractive."
That hit home.
"Just know everytime you write stuff, every young girl in this country reads that and they just get a little bit chipped away," said McCarthy, recalling her exchange on "Ellen." "I just think we tear down women in this country for all these superficial reasons and women are so great and strong."
McCarthy's comments appeared to resonate with the reporter.
Whether or not McCarthy's character called for a certain appearance or look, her exchange calls for an interesting, overarching conversation on the way a woman's appearance is critiqued on-screen, versus their male counterparts.
McCarthy pushed the reporter to think about his comments more critically. Overall, she believes there should be more of a focus on putting "love and kindness in the world."