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Amy Schumer on Why Body-Shamers Make Her the Perfect Choice for Barbie: ‘Something’s Wrong With Our Culture’

by Leena Tailor 6:16 PM PST, December 06, 2016
Playing Amy Schumer on Why Body-Shamers Make Her the Perfect Choice for Barbie: ‘Something’s Wrong With Our Culture’

Amy Schumer is firing back at haters who have body-shamed her following news that she will play Barbie in Sony Pictures’ upcoming live-action film inspired by the famous doll.

The Trainwreck actress shared a swimsuit photo to Instagram on Tuesday while defending herself to online trolls.

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“Is it fat shaming if you know you're not fat and have zero shame in your game?” wrote the star, who was also nominated for two GRAMMY awards on Tuesday. “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 added that when she looks in the mirror she sees a great and fearless “friend, sister, daughter and girlfriend,” and thanked fans who have offered kind words and support.

The star also offered her sympathy to “the trolls who are in more pain than we will ever understand,” and noted that the harsh words she has received about her body only strengthen her suitability for the role.

“I want to thank them for making it so evident that I am a great choice,” Schumer 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. 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!”

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“We need to laugh at the haters and sympathize with them,” continued Schumer, who just cancelled her upcoming Australia/New Zealand tour, citing illness. “They can scream as loud as they want. We can't hear them because we are getting sh*t 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"

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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The actress previously hit back at body-shamers earlier this year following her Hawaiian getaway with boyfriend Ben Hanisch. She also called out Glamour magazine for featuring her in their “plus size” issue in April.

Body-shamers didn’t stop the comedian from enjoying one of the biggest body-flaunting nights of the year. She and her sister, Kim Caramele, rocked Old Navy pajamas to poke fun at Monday’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. See the pic in the video below.

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