Actress-comedian Amy Schumer has given it back to the body-shaming trolls over her potential casting in the Barbie movie, saying the backlash shows she is right for the role. The announcement on Saturday that Schumer was in negotiations to play the lead in an upcoming live-action Barbie film, was met with some criticism online, with some complaining she did not meet the physical standards embodied by the plastic doll.
The Trainwreck star took to Instagram to let the public know she does not take the backlash too seriously. “Is it fat shaming if you know you’re not fat and have zero shame in your game? I don’t think so…. When I look in the mirror I know who I am.”
She expressed her “deepest sympathy… 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.”
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Schumer, 35, went on to write, “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.” This is not the first time Schumer has addressed comments about her body.
Earlier this year, she also turned to social media after Glamour labeled her as plus-size, saying, “Young girls seeing my body type thinking that is plus size? What are your thoughts? Mine are not cool glamour not glamourous.”