Since news came out that Amy Schumer is in talks to star in the upcoming Barbie movie, the actress and comedian has been criticized online by people who think she’s all wrong to play the epitome of plastic beauty.

Let’s face the facts here, people — in real life, nobody looks like Barbie. Even Barbie herself has changed. Over the past few years, Mattel has updated the doll’s image, creating Barbies with a range of body types, skin tones, and hairstyles. It sounds like the new movie will take things even further, portraying Barbie as an outsider. The family comedy tells the story of a woman who feels like she doesn’t fit in with the other Barbies. She journeys to the real world, where she discovers the importance of being unique. The screenwriter, Hilary Winston, revealed on Twitter that although casting is not official yet, she wrote the script with Amy in mind.

Amy, who received two Grammy nominations this week for her comedy work, addressed her haters in an Instagram post. She shared a photo of herself at the beach in a bathing suit, and wrote, “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.”

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

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Instead of arguing with the trolls, she took the high road saying, “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 ended the post by quoting her own self-esteem mantra. “I say if I’m beautiful, I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story. I will.”


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