The Amy Schumer Barbie movie body shaming bash just got into full swing after news broke that Schumer will play Barbie in the new live-action movie. The Guardian writes that just the idea of Amy as the “famously hourglass-figured doll” brought out the misogynists on social media.
They think Amy is too “fat” to play the perfect blonde bimbo doll as a real person.
@GodfreyElfwick "Barbie Goes to Fat Camp" starring Amy Schumer.— Buck Buckelson (@BuckyBuckBuck1) December 2, 2016
The hate is pouring out all over Twitter. One person said that “If Barbie became obese and heinous to men, Amy Schumer is perfect.” Another thought the movie should get to the fat-shaming point and suggested, “Barbie Goes to Fat Camp.” (Scroll down to see what Amy’s supporters say about the movie!)
Another hater didn’t stop at dissing Schumer for her body type. The tweeter hinted that she doesn’t have much brain power. “I hear Amy Schumer is going to be in the new Barbie movie. I’m wondering if she plays her chubby, dopey friend or what?”
Amy was ready for the hate. TMZ reports that in an “empowering” Instagram post, Schumer “claps back” at the misogynists and makes sure her followers know that “she’ll continue to fight for change” for as long as it takes.
“I am strong and proud of how I live my life and say what I mean and fight for what I believe in and I have a blast doing it with the people I love. Where’s the shame? It’s not there. It’s an illusion.”
Amy really hits the nail on the head when she goes on to point out that the trolls have “proved the movie’s validity” and “highlighted the issue more” with their “nasty remarks.” They set out to shade her and discredit her words, but the trolling backfired in a big way.
“I want to thank them for making it so evident that I am a great choice. It’s that kind of response that let’s you know something’s wrong with our culture and we all need to work together to change it.”
Schumer makes a great point near the end of her Instagram statement. She tells her fans to “laugh at the haters” and keep on fighting. “We can’t hear them because we are getting s**t done. I am proud to lead by example,” she writes.
It’s pretty clear that Amy won’t let Barbie in this movie be an airhead either. The new Barbie will share some of what the Express describes as Amy’s own “spiky feminist cool,” and there’s sure to be plenty of the comedian’s “singular mode of warm-hearted yet hard-hitting satire” along with the spikes.
This movie is all about bringing Barbie into the real world, away from the fake, impossible, “idealized version of female beauty” that women like Schumer have been breaking down so successfully.
“I say if I’m beautiful, I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story. I will.”
So glad they cast a real woman for the barbie role, and yes I'd probably go straight for Amy #AmySchumer— David John Lane (@originalsinart) December 6, 2016
Barbie doesn’t fit in with the other perfect dolls in Barbieland. She gets kicked out of paradise and has to go live in the real world. Once there, Schumer’s Barbie begins to find out that being different is not only okay, but also important.
After Schumer takes her character through several life-changing lessons, the doll realizes she has to go back to Barbieland to teach the other Barbies.
That sounds like the perfect role for Amy Schumer. She’s devoted herself to helping other women find their voices and strength. All that commitment has paid off now that she’s under attack for her Barbie movie role. Her followers are hitting back at the trolls and giving Amy all the love.
What do you think? Is Schumer the perfect Barbie doll for the 21st century? When the movie comes out, will it finally silence the haters?
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