Is America ready to accept non-supermodel actresses?

McCarthy was in the recent movie, “Identity Thief.” Photo from Creative Commons.

In today’s fast-paced society we have become accustomed to seeing women in television and film that look as if they’re supermodels. Women such as Sofia Vergara, Cindy Crawford and Halle Berry are all models turned actresses. In the greater Western world, these women represent the most gorgeous women that the planet has to offer, but not everyone looks like them. Women come in all sorts of beautiful shapes and sizes, but unfortunately the entertainment industry isn’t as accepting of those who don’t have supermodel-like looks.

In this year alone, we have witnessed multiple accounts of cross media discrimination against women who don’t possess a size 0 waistline, such as Lena Dunham and Melissa McCarthy. Dunham is the creator, executive producer and star of HBO’s series “Girls.” Since her rise to fame in 2010, the second most talked about subject involving Dunham has been her average girl looks. It seems as if America can’t grasp the thought that she is staring in a TV series and doesn’t look like she just walked off of a CoverGirl photo shoot. Day in and day out television and radio personalities bash her for her weight and style choices.

Is it not enough that this young woman is insanely talented?

The same goes for Academy Award nominee Melissa McCarthy, who just recently released her blockbuster comedy “Identity Thief.” Her weight has always been a factor during the course of her career, but The New York Observer film critic Rex Reed took it to a whole new level. In Reed’s review, he called McCarthy a “female hippo,’’ “tractor-sized” and “humongous.” It seems as if people like Reed put these comments out into the world without stopping to think what kind of effect it will have, not understanding that these actors have feelings too.

America has a long way to go before we put petty bullying behind us. It’s 2013, so why can’t we learn to value each other for who we are and what we have to offer the world rather than by our physical appearance? If you ask me, it’s all a bit foolish to measure up performers to one given image instead of expanding upon the diversity these women bring to the table.

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