In a completely unexpected but bold movie development move, it was announced that Amy Schumer will be starring in and co-writing a new live-action Barbie film, with the comedian said to play the titular character; based on the classic American doll from Mattel. While the films premise – a contemporary spin having Barbie realize she no longer fits within the idealistic Barbieland – makes for an interesting take, it’s the casting of Schumer that has gotten a lot of backlash. This blowback, all having to do with Schumer’s looks, or rather lack thereof, in comparison to the tall/skinny and impossibly beautiful standards that Barbie is known for. The Internet can be quite cruel.
Schumer has responded to this vitriol, with a self-affirming statement that would make SNL’s former Stuart Smalley (the Daily Affirmation sketch) jealous.
On Instagram Schumer said:
“Very very honored to be nominated for 2 Grammys and to be considered to play an important and evolving icon. Is it fat shaming if you know you’re not fat and have zero shame in your game? I don’t think so. 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. When I look in the mirror I know who I am. Im a great friend, sister, daughter and girlfriend. I’m a badass comic headlining arenas all over the world and making tv and movies and writing books where I lay it all out there and I’m fearless like you can be. Thanks to everyone for the kind words and support and again my deepest sympathy goes out to the trolls who are in more pain than we will ever understand. 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. Anyone who has ever been bullied or felt bad about yourself I am out there fighting for you, for us. And I want you to fight for yourself too! We need to laugh at the haters and sympathize with them. They can scream as loud as they want. We can’t hear them because we are getting shit done. I am proud to lead by example. “I say if I’m beautiful, I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story. I will” #thegirlwiththelowerbacktattoo
A movie about loving your imperfections made to advertise a doll that doesn’t have any, yeah…. Mattel is clearly trying to fix the problem they’ve been dealing with for the last 50+ years of unattainable body image they provided with the doll to girls around the world. It’s a progressive move. One that people, aside from really angry anti-liberals, don’t really have an issue with. It’s Schumer that people have a problem with.
The people that do not like Schumer hate her comedy, can’t stand her political views, the supposed joke stealing that she’s been accused of, and her general wishy-washy hypocrisy when she becomes vocal on issues in and outside of her stand-up. This also, automatically reflects on her physical appearance. When someone is disliked, everything about them is looked upon with distaste, including their looks.
Had this Barbie movie cast anyone else. In example, a funny actress that most everyone seems to be in favor with these days is SNL’s Kate McKinnon. She doesn’t carry the same tradition Barbie look either but if she was cast in this live-action adaptation, would haters have the same knee-jerk reaction?
Whatever you think of Amy Schumer as an actress or comedian, a movie about accepting yourself and loving your imperfections is not a bad thing.