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Melissa McCarthy: Sexist comments are too common

Melissa McCarthy hates the way women are torn down for superficial reasons in America.

The 44-year-old actress spoke about the incident in an edition of Entertainment Weekly this month. While at the Toronto Film Festival last year she confronted a male journalist who had been rude about how she looked in her movie Tammy, saying she was only a decent actress when she made an effort with her appearance.

"I think it's a bad habit that we've gotten into, and it's not that people are malicious. I just think it's so easy to take a swipe and I'm like, just go the other way. Build it up," she told famously positive talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. "I feel like that's what you do every day with your show. You put a little love and kindness in the world, and it does good things when you do that."

Melissa was particularly affronted by the man's remarks as she felt the subtext was that women should always look "pretty and perfect" on screen. She felt her look in Tammy suited the character as she didn't really care about herself, and told the writer that she doubted he would have even mentioned it had an actor made the same decision.

"And he goes, 'Well, you really looked bad.' And then I said, 'I hope... do you have children? And he said, 'I do.' And I said, 'I hope you don't have a daughter,'" Melissa recalled.

"[I] didn't mean that in a mean way... When I said, 'If she comes home and someone says you can't have a job because you're unattractive,' are you gonna say, 'That's right'? And he took that in his heart and he was like, 'No, I would never want that to happen. I would never in a million years want that to happen.'"

The actress explained that every time someone wrote something which was negative about a star's appearance, somewhere a young girl will read it. And it will likely make them start to feel bad about themselves, something the journalist had not even considered.

"I just think that we tear down women in this country for all these superficial reasons, and women are so great and strong, and I think he really heard that," she explained.

Although the incident obviously had an effect on Melissa, she's had the last laugh. Yesterday she was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, with Ellen one of the people who turned out to support her as she received it.

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