Amy Schumer pens powerful letter to fat-shaming trolls after Barbie casting: “You will not determine my story”

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Earlier this week, we revealed that Amy Schumer is in the running to play a rebellious Barbie in a new live-action movie about the classic doll.

While the majority of people were very excited about the idea (it’s been said that the storyline will follow Barbie on an empowering journey through the real world, where she learns that it’s what’s on the inside that counts), some body-shaming trolls have, predictably, entirely missed the point of the film.

Instead, they have deemed the 35-year-old Trainwreck star “too fat” and “not pretty enough” to play the famous doll.

Schumer has now addressed her critics directly, penning a thought-provoking letter to both them and her loyal fans.

Posting it to Instagram alongside a photo of herself in a bikini, she wrote: “Very, very honoured to be nominated for two 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.”

Schumer continued: “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. I’m 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 went on to thank her fans – and, in an unexpected move, extended her “deepest sympathy” to trolls.

“My deepest sympathy goes out to the trolls who are in more pain than we will ever understand,” she said. “I want to thank them for making it so evident that I am a great choice. It's that kind of response that lets you know something's wrong with our culture and we all need to work together to change it.”

Schumer finished by calling upon her fans to help her make a change, saying: ““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”

The actor and comedian is reportedly set to rewrite the script alongside her sister, Kim Caramele, in a bid to make it as badass and funny as possible.

Deadline, who broke the news, explained that Schumer’s character will be the misfit amongst all the Barbies in Barbieland – and that she will be evicted into the real world.

“[She] then goes on an adventure in the real world and by the time she returns to Barbieland to save it, she has gained the realisation that perfection comes on the inside, not the outside, and that the key to happiness is belief in oneself, free of the obligation to adhere to some unattainable standard of perfection.”

We can’t wait for this #girlpower PG film to hit cinemas in 2018.



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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.