Earlier this week Sony announced that Amy Schumer is set to play Barbie in their upcoming live-action movie, and Twitter trolls wasted no time in lashing out.
Barbie recently got the most empowering makeover, which is just one of many reasons why Schumer is perfect for the role. A huge advocate for the body-positive movement, the actress and comedian has never been shy to speak up about the importance of self-love. (Read: 8 Times Amy Schumer Got Real About Embracing Your Body)
The movie itself reportedly follows Schumer's character as she embarks on a journey to finding self-confidence after being booted out of Barbieland for not being "perfect enough."
Unfortunately, (and as always) not everyone is happy about Schumer being cast in the role, with critics asserting that her body-type doesn't compare to Barbie's unattainable and unrealistic plastic figure. (Insert eye-roll here.)
@amyschumer is way too fat to play Barbie. Maybe she could play 3 Barbies
— Sandro Silva (@SandroMacul) December 3, 2016
Amy Schumer as Barbie? More of the elites plan to brainwash young girls into thinking being fat is ok. Guess what? Guys don't like fat girls
— Modern Life Dating (@ModernLifeDater) December 3, 2016
Amy Schumer being Barbie is just one of those things that make you question everything you knew about the universe.
— Slowflake (@Slowflake1601) December 3, 2016
Thankfully, fans and supporters have come to Schumer's defense, arguing that her comedic talent, laced with her body-positive approach to the entertainment industry, is all the more reason to promote and encourage her casting.
I wonder how many dudes who are furious about Amy Schumer being cast as Barbie were planning to actually go see a Barbie movie.
— Tyler Coates (@tylercoates) December 2, 2016
— Alexis Golden (@AlexisGoldenXXX) December 3, 2016
Schumer recently commented on the whole situation and took to Instagram to defend herself.
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
“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,” the 35-year-old wrote in her caption.
“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.”
Schumer, who was recently nominated for two Grammy awards, added that the backlash to her potential casting simply proves that she's fit for the role and could make a true difference if she did play Barbie.
“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,” she says. “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.”
We're rooting for you, Amy!