Amy Schumer is negotiating to play Barbie in a live action movie about the toy doll. Fat shamers pounced on the news.
Feminists have always been critical of the impossible body image imposed on young girls by the iconic Barbie Doll. They say that Barbie could not even exist in real life and that the doll is inherently sexist. So maybe it is a good thing that a woman like Amy Schumer, who proudly shows off her extra weight at every opportunity, has been cast to play Barbie.
And the new movie will deal with the very issue of body image. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Barbie film will tell the story of how in a perfect land of Barbies, one woman played by Schumer slowly awakens to the fact that she does not fit in. She is expelled from the idealistic land and travels to the real world, where she learns that being unique is an asset.
This sounds like just the right fit — pun intended — for an actress like Amy Schumer. But not everyone agrees. Twitter has been bombarded in the past few days with people both praising and lambasting her casting.
Here are some of the more positive tweets about Schumer’s casting:
— Ingrid Hamilton (@ingridhamilton) December 2, 2016
To the people angry about Amy Schumer playing Barbie in a live action film, for being "plus size" go fuck yourselves lol
— Wisdom Giver (@Geier18) December 2, 2016
Now here are some of the mean tweets:
— BaconManLives (@baconmanlives) December 3, 2016
Well whatever people may think, and whatever the story line of the movie will be, Amy Schumer is sure to make it funnier. She does so with everything that she is in. That is if she does end up getting cast in the film.
Fans of Amy Schumer can next see her in “Untitled Mother-Daughter/Action Comedy Project, ” which is due out in April, 2017.