Melissa McCarthy's The Heat movie poster outrages fans

Bosses behind upcoming comedy THE HEAT have come under fire in the U.K. for allegedly slimming down MELISSA MCCARTHY's figure in its promotional poster.

The Identity Thief star's face and neck appear to be digitally altered in the new poster, and the image has caused a backlash from fans who are upset about the production company's decision to make McCarthy look more sexually appealing, even though the plus-size 42 year old has never been ashamed of her curves.

On British entertainment website The Shiznit, a blogger named Ali writes, "Nobody is unclear what Melissa McCarthy's body size is - she's plus-sized and proud. So why have the designers of this poster done their utmost to Photoshop (digitally edit) a good 30lbs off of McCarthy's face? This is one of the worst Photoshop jobs I have ever seen, but it's not just offensively bad craftsmanship - the intention behind it is downright nasty."

This isn't the first time McCarthy's figure has reportedly been retouched - a one-sheet for her 2011 film Bridesmaids also depicted a thinner version of the Oscar nominee.

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