Amy Schumer Penned A Must-Read Response To Everyone Who Said She Couldn't Play Barbie

"I want to thank them for making it so evident that I am a great choice."

It was recently announced that actress and comedian Amy Schumer was in talks to play Barbie in an upcoming live-action film. While many praised the casting, others were quick to criticize Schumer for not fitting conventional Barbie doll beauty standards.

Schumer, who was also just nominated for two Grammys, took to Instagram on Tuesday to eloquently respond to the backlash. She posted the message along with a photo of herself in a bathing suit, which attracted similar body-shaming comments earlier this year. At the time, she described herself as looking "strong and healthy."

"Very very honored to be nominated for 2 Grammys and to be considered to play an important and evolving icon," Schumer began Tuesday's post. "Is it fat shaming if you know you're not fat and have zero shame in your game? I don't think so."


She 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 those who have supported her, as well as the trolls, "who are in more pain than we will ever understand." Their cruel words, she says, are precisely the reason her casting is so important, considering that the film, which she will reportedly rewrite with her sister Kim Caramele, will address issues of self-image. "I want to thank them for making it so evident that I am a great choice," she wrote. "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 said she will fight for others who have been made to feel bad about who they are. "And I want you to fight for yourself too!" she added. "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."

She ended with a quote from her powerful speech at the 2014 Gloria Awards: "I say if I'm beautiful, I say if I'm strong. You will not determine my story. I will."

(H/T: E! Online)


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