Casting Amy Schumer as Barbie in Sony's live-action comedy about the iconic Mattel doll is almost a dare for the Internet not to say something cruel in response. Amy Schumer does not look like the typical image associated with Barbie, and that's the whole point of the movie. But most Internet trolls only read headlines, and they have scoffed at this casting, not realizing that the movie will address many of the issues they, themselves, have raised. Now, comedian Amy Schumer is blasting back at all the body-shamers.
Barbie is going to be a movie with a strong message, especially for girls growing up in this current social media climate. And Amy Schumer wants to get the word out early about the movie, and its intent. The comedy won't hit the big screen until 2018. But Schumer is already preparing for the long road of hate laid out in front of her. As soon as word hit, there were many waiting with their fingers poised to post nasty things about the Trainwreck star.
Internet commenters gathered in mass just mere moments after Schumer was named the headlining star of Barbie, a movie that once had Oscar-winner Diablo Cody as a screenwriter. They mostly said nasty things about her body, some unmentionable in even the filthiest adult magazine. Amy Schumer jumped on her own social media platforms to quickly quiet the haters. She starts out her lengthy Instagram response saying this.
"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."
In typical Schumer fashion, the renown comedian didn't stop there. She went onto brag about all of her recent accomplishments in a funny and heartfelt way, alerting anyone concerned that negative comments, most of which have come from older men who most likely wouldn't even go see a movie about Barbie, might bring her down.
"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"
The interesting thing about Barbie is that it will tackle these topics head-on in a comedy aimed at young girls and women alike. The story isn't what fans might have expected. The synopsis for the movie has Schumer in the lead, and will try to address some of the concerns she mentions above in a story that begins in a perfect land of Barbies where one woman slowly awakens to the fact that she doesn't fit it. She is expelled from the idealistic land and journeys to the real world, where she discovers that being unique is an asset.
So it's a fantasy about a Barbie that didn't quite make it off the assembly line intact, and now must find her own place in the world. Which actually sounds like a perfect fit for Amy Schumer's brand of humor and what she stands for as a person. This doesn't mean people won't stop hating the movie. Perhaps the most disturbing thing of all is that Amy Schumer has to defend a movie called Barbie about a doll, something most Internet trolls probably have no real vested interest in except to complain about it. Schumer's comments were accompanied by the following photo of Amy in her swimsuit. Barbie hits theaters May 12, 2017, one week after Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2