The comedian best known for constantly talking about her private parts, Amy Schumer, is hitting back at online trolls who derided her for being cast in the role of Barbie in the upcoming movie by the same name.
It was announced this past week that Amy Schumer was currently in negotiations to play the lead role in Mattel’s live-action take on their popular brand of toys for girls. It met with a barrage of criticism and ridicule as many pointed out how ill-fit the comedian would be for the role due to the difference in her physical appearance to that of the plastic doll.
Barbie has undergone a lot of changes over the years since its creation. Its latest line-up sees the addition of less disproportionate figures and a more diverse variety of body sizes, including tall, petite, and curvy, offering girls more to relate to and not a single unattainable ideal.
Critics pointed out the dissonance between Schumer’s appearance with Barbie. On Twitter, satirical account Godfrey Elfwick wrote, “Now that Amy Schumer is playing Barbie I’m more confident that my dream can come true of seeing Oprah Winfrey as the next Spiderman.”
Others were much less kind, opting instead to shame her for being slightly overweight.
“Coincidence that #MakeAFilmSmellTerrible & Amy Schumer as Barbie are trending at the same time?” wrote alt-right pundit Paul Joseph Watson.
Schumer had previously dealt with online trolls in May when she posted a picture of herself in a bikini greeting the trolls who ridiculed her based on her appearance. She posted the same picture again in response to these comments.
“Very very honored to be nominated for 2 Grammys and to be considered to play an important and evolving icon,” wrote Schumer. “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,” she continued. “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.”
Amy Schumer does not deserve to be shamed for her appearance, but that doesn’t mean all the criticism against her is without merit. Like Elfwick, many of her critics are unconvinced that she’s the right person to play Barbie, as her casting is clearly intended to subvert a character known mainly for her “perfect” appearance.
Besides that, the main reason most people insult her is because they find her constant references to her vagina tedious and unfunny.
To quote Eric Cartman from South Park, “Every time Amy Schumer talks about her vagina, I lose my f–king mind.”