Barbie has long since needed a makeover, having spent her entire life as a totally unrealistic portrayal of what young girls should expect to be when they grew up. And recently, we've seen her transformation begin; only about a month ago Ashley Graham unveiled the Barbie doll that had been modelled on her, who's legs touched AND EVERYTHING and now it seems she's even closer to becoming everything that we need her to be, as this week Amy Schumer was cast as Barbie in an upcoming film.
"YES" the crowds should have screamed, "FINALLY, a REAL woman is here to be a role model for our kids!". But sadly, that was not the noise that we heard upon the news breaking... not even close. What actually happened of course was a chorus of body shaming toss pots who deemed Amy "too fat" to play the role, which is of course the most ironic thing ever when you remember that the whole flipping point of this film was to modernise her design to fight against her unattainable body, with the idea being that the doll will put a "contemporary spin on beauty, feminism and identity", or so says the Hollywood Reporter.
Anyhoo, let me give you the good news. Amy, in true ball-breaking, totally-great, everything-that-Barbie-should-be style, has hit back via an Instagram post in which she says:
"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 now 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.
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 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 sympathise with them.
The can scream as loud as they want, we can't hear them because we are getting that 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.'"
BLOODY LOVE AMY SCHUMER!
I quite obviously cannot wait for this film to come out and am sure that Amy will be the best thing that could ever have happened to Barbie, finally turning into a role model that we can be proud of.
Keep being great Amy, for ever and ever, please.