Comedy star Amy Schumer, who was nominated Tuesday for two Grammy Awards and recently became the first woman on Forbes’ annual list of highest-earning comedians, has responded to internet trolls who attacked her possible casting in a Barbie movie.
“Very very honored to be nominated for 2 Grammys and to be considered to play an important and evolving icon,” the Rockville Centre-raised Schumer, 35, posted on Instagram Tuesday evening following a slew of social-media rants that she did not fit the image of Mattel’s famed doll.
“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.”
Schumer is in negotiations to play Barbie, who is banished from the otherworldly Barbieland because of her appearance and attitude, a detail that appeared to have eluded those attacking her.
“Amy Schumer was cast as Barbie’s fat, loud mouth nemesis right? No? SHE is playing Barbie? hahaha! Is this a horror film?” tweeted conservative commentator Mark Dice.
“Barbie is meant to be pretty . . . oh and fit. You’re fat Amy. Give up,” wrote another tweeter.
Schumer extended her “deepest sympathy . . . to the trolls who are in more pain than we will ever understand,” adding, “We need to laugh at the haters and sympathize with them.”
Schumer’s message captioned a photo of herself in a black one-piece bathing suit, standing in ocean surf. The same image accompanied a May 24 post in which she wished trolls “some joy in your lives today in a human interaction and not just in writing unkind things to a stranger you’ve never met who triggers something in you that makes you feel powerless and alone.”