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Amy Schumer responds to criticism over Barbie movie casting

Amy Schumer accepts the Critics' Choice MVP award

Amy Schumer accepts the Critics' Choice MVP award at the 21st annual Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. on Jan. 17, 2016. Photo Credit: AP / Chris Pizzello

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.”

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