Melissa McCarthy Wore a Coat On Her Elle Cover & It's a Scandal

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Melissa McCarthy Wore a Coat On Her Elle Cover & It's a Scandal

By Agent Bedhead | Pajiba Love | October 18, 2013 | Comments ()


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I must be old because I don’t understand the race to Instagram one’s ass after having a baby. Teach me, Kim Kardashian. (EW)

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Duchess Kate played volleyball while wearing skinny jeans and wedge heels. She’s so brave. (People)

I really don’t understand why people are freaking out because Melissa McCarthy wore a gorgeous coat on her Elle cover. She picked the coat, liked it, and Elle’s editors chose the cover shot. Where’s the controversy? (Us Weekly)

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  • sarahofalesserdog

    Can't wait for all the comments about how "real women have curves" and how McCarthy is so much better than those "skinny Hollywood bitches" (which is what fat girls with absolutely no figure say. Sorry, roundness and rolls don't equal curves.)

  • Gayle

    Then you're on the wrong page because that divisive, back stabbing, anti female rubbish is something we try and avoid here. Go and squawk at pictures of Miley on TMZ or something.

  • Melissa McCarthy is channeling some serious Julia Sugarbaker On The Prowl vibe, there. Covered head-to-knees in a coat and working the tousled fuck-me hair, she's exponentially sexier than Kim Kardhardtospell and her sideboob. Rawr.

  • Limbo

    Why does body acceptance and female empowerment equal nudity on magazine covers? If she's comfortable with it, and liked the coat, all the power to her. Add to that she looks beautiful.

  • Sara Habein

    I have zero interest in Kim Kardashian except to say that ass is magnificent and it's too bad it has to be part of such a vapid personality.

  • e jerry powell

    Can I get an AMEN up in here?

  • Salieri2

    It is a vulva, goddammit.

  • e jerry powell

    Okay, for as much as I appreciate the anecdote (and enjoy thinking about men having sex in general), I think I could have lived a few more decades without the mental image of Stephen King banging anybody.

  • e jerry powell

    Seriously. Now I'm trying to imagine how an orgasmic rictus might transform this face. I have no sexual standards whatsoever, and still, I simply cannot do it.

    Downvote away if you feel you must. It's my Bad and Unsolicited Opinion Day.

    The man's upper lip is completely non-existent. How does that happen?

  • F'mal DeHyde

    Gary Cole doesn't have much of an upper lip either and it doesn't bother me at all. ;)

  • e jerry powell

    Having seen him (professionally) nude, I welcome the opportunity to read even vaguely smutty offhand anecdotes about Gary Cole in rut.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    Are you saying Gary Cole is a male prostitute? Please tell me that's what you're saying.

  • e jerry powell

    I wish that more than you do, but alas, just a husband and father from all I've learned.

    Hey, if King can talk about how well he and his wife get along in bed as they do out of it, I can accept even only a few more details about the Coles, right?

    It's mostly about Coles and his booty on a little seaside jaunt during his story arc on "The Cleaner" about four years ago. Work-related nudity, hence "professionally" nude.

    (His less-than-completely-clothed scene in Office Space is nice too, but too damn close to a PG-13 for most prurient purposes.)

  • Bert_McGurt

    Here, let me help with the visuals:

  • stella

    My god.

  • Salieri2

    Jesus God.

  • e jerry powell

    You're evil, and I deserve it.

    Also: NOT SEXY. Except maybe to a sleestak.

    Or a sleestak fetishist. Hey, they may well exist. Only a chatroom tumblr away from the centaur fetishists.

  • Tinkerville

    "He says he’s not depressed, but the evidence suggests otherwise."

    Stop. It. Stop it. Please.

  • I think McCarthy is working the SHIT out of that cover. If she's happy and comfortable and hot in it, what the hell is the big deal?

  • Kala

    I can't believe people are shitting on that Elle cover simply because you can't see every bit of McCarthy. It is honestly one of the most dynamic, intensely fashionable photo shoots I've seen in years. It's so freaking hot, I might have to buy an issue just to be a tiny bit closer to that much sass.

  • jon29

    This is the first I've heard of an Assassin's Creed movie. I'm surprised Fassbender would agree to do it, because the story for AC is... what's a nice word that means "idiotic?"

  • Ben

    Ubisoft basically opend their own film production studio because they were sick of all the awful idea's they've had thrown at them for addaptations of their movies (And Uwe Bolls's farcry probbably didn't help) Fassbender has signed on, as a producer and not actually been confirmed to be acting in it as far as I'm aware.

  • e jerry powell

    Hell, it seems like the marketing approach to every new game is to treat them like they're feature films anyway…

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Idiotic because of the machine?

  • jon29

    I just can't with the "genetic memories," and bouncing in and out of modernity makes the game play like two disjointed sets of vignettes instead of a story. The worst thing is the modern day animus stuff is completely non-essential. They could tell the same story, only better, without it.

  • Ben

    For me the modern day stuff is generally my favorite (Untill the ending of 3, which was just handled badly)
    Yeah sure ok, genetic memory is completly hokey, but considering that you're playing as the descendants of Adam and Eve who were genetically engineered slave races escaped from the controll of a magical god race from pre-history. The Genetic memory shit is honestly some of the least absurd stuff.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Thought so. I kind of like the metaplot, but the whole genetic memory thing bugs me, too. It doesn't matter much in the game, because you're busy butchering people.

    Maybe they'll do away with it in the movie.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Dammit Fassbender, if you're going to do historical fiction why can't it be the Flashman movie I've heard rumours about?

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  • BWeaves

    OK, so we're pissed off that McCarthy is wearing a great coat and looks gorgeous in it, because we want to see more of her skin, but we don't want to see more of KK huge naked ass?

    Exactly what proportion of skin to photo is appropriate for an average (and I do mean average) sized woman these days?

  • e jerry powell

    Unfair as it may be, I suspect a teeny bit of it may have to do with the difference between actresses and garden-variety famewhores. YMMV.

  • Bert_McGurt

    For what it's worth, Glover's notes from earlier this week remind me of the lyrics to some of his songs. That's not to imply that they're FOR songs, but it might just be his way of working sh*t out.

  • Xander

    I don't get the coat thing either. It's a good coat and it fits her. Now this hair...hmm I don't know. It doesn't win me over

  • Tracer Bullet

    I don't know why she felt compelled to photograph her ass, but I fully support Kim Kardashian's right to self-expression and self-determination. This is the new face of feminism, people! Or, I guess, the new ass of feminism . . .

    I just like asses.

  • e jerry powell

    For as much as I cannot lie about liking big butts, there can be a saturation threshold to be exceeded for particular asses.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    I think McCarthy looks lovely, and frankly, did she need to be in a bikini or something? Plus, it's a Fall cover, aren't coats in season now or do we need to be naked all year?

  • AvaLehra

    Agreed! She looks beautiful and I covet her hair and coat.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    You must not be old, or you wouldn't have posted that KK picture here. Why the fuck have I been visually accosted with that photo 3 times already today?

  • e jerry powell

    I would have no complaint were it ROB Kardashian's ass. As it stands, though, I am too too weary.

  • Calla Dain

    THANK YOU. I just can't take anymore of her ass today or any other day. I've seen enough.

  • Melissa McCarthy looks effn' BADASS in that coat. That is a WOMAN, folks.

  • Anna von Beav

    Can we talk for a second about how utterly devastating her hair looks too? Because DAMN, woman, that is some amazing hair right there. She looks STUNNING.

  • emmelemm

    It's "sex hair".

  • e jerry powell

    Back in the day, we called it "Brigitte Bardot hair."

  • Which is, of course, just substituting a synonym.

  • e jerry powell

    But it seems like back then she was the only one who could get away with it in polite company.

  • Anna von Beav

    Precisely. Sexy, sexy, sex hair.

  • stella

    I feel so dumb whenever i read about that melissa mcarthy cover because I love that coat and dont see the problem.

  • Guest

    I love the Elle cover photo. She looks awesome and I want that coat.

    Seriously, not every woman has to be almost naked on a magazine cover. It's not like it's a law or something.

  • oilybohunk7

    Also, it is fall. The coat is seasonally appropriate.

  • Arran

    That argument does go out the window a bit when you find out that there's four different covers and she's the only one covered up. (Though maybe that just shows that she's the only smart one.)

    That said, I don't really see the big deal myself. It's not like they only showed her from the neck up.

  • e jerry powell

    And the photo editor didn't try to go full-on America Ferrera with it. That is also something.

  • Jim

    She. Looks. Magnificent. I could see this as a shot from the set of a French 50's movie called "Les Bongoes Coquines" - she's an author and the mistress of a French ambassador to a fictional Mediterranean country (Jean DuJardin) who has a spanking fetish. When he turns up dead in a Michelin Man suit in the 2nd act, she has to join forces with his widow (Patricia Clarkson) a PHD in particle physics to find the killer. Their chief suspect is ex-cold war agent Alexi Pantzov (Nathan Fillion) who is Mccarthy's cousin and Clarkson's ex-lover.

    Or something like that.

  • **I AM** NotTheOne

    How much kickstarter cash can we spot you?

  • e jerry powell

    Put Jeanne Moreau in there somewhere and I will watch the living shit out of it.

  • Jim

    OMFG - Alexi's chain-smoking handler who had a go at duJardin before he met Clarkson!

  • e jerry powell

    Now we're cookin' with gas.

  • Guest

    That made my day :D


  • Blake

    RE:Parks & Recreation roles Ellie Kemper as Ann Perkins would have been cool, not as cool as Rashida Jones but still cool.

    The world needs more Ellie Kemper.

  • simplysarah

    On Kim Kardashian's ass.... I have the world's flattest ass. It's worse than Hank Hill's ass or Miley Cyrus'. I would love to have an ass like Kim's. If only for the comfort of it. Sitting on a hard service is hell on me. That looks like it'd be very comfortable.

    On Melissa McCarthy's photo... she looks great in that picture. I don't see the problem.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    I'm pretty sure you can buy an ass just like that.

  • e jerry powell

    It does come with drawbacks. Unlike breast implants, there are no muscles that can be used to adequately anchor gluteal implants, so they can (and sometimes do) move of their own accord.

    Best bet (as far as professional female impersonators go) is, well, injectable fillers. Usually just silicone, straight into the hips.

  • **I AM** NotTheOne

    Need we ask, kind sir, why you know so much about this particular subject?

  • e jerry powell

    Because giant turds of information fly into my head unbidden and never leave.

    Two documentaries about (white) gay men who get butt implants to "draw more attention," let's say, that I watched completely for laughs (being black and having plenty of ass for myself). I can't remember which one had the horror story about how the implants just decided that the guy's body was an open range, though.

    Looking at the different implantation techniques, though, boobs are intended to remain anchored based on how they put them in now.

    What was it that they were always saying on "Ugly Betty?" "It's just something I know."

  • **I AM** NotTheOne

    Where are these documentaries and why have I not viewed them yet? I LOVE stuff like this. It's supposed to be rainy this weekend so share with the class.

  • e jerry powell

    I can remember a third documentary about extreme bod-mod that was an episode of "Taboo" on NatGeo that included another guy getting butt implants. I think one of the full-hour docs was on Logo at some point.

    I find weird things scanning channels on weekend afternoons. Viacom and Discovery Networks are generally good for that kind of thing.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    My natural ass moves of its own accord, it's terrifying... like a bag full of sentient tapioca pudding.

  • e jerry powell

    Yeah, but not up to the middle of your back. That can be kind of alarming, from what I've heard.

  • simplysarah

    If I had the money, I would!

  • Sara_Tonin00

    would you? would you really?

  • simplysarah

    For the comfort of not having to sit directly on my tailbone....yes I would. Not for vanity reasons, solely for comfort!

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