Amy Schumer will be the most perfect imperfect Barbie
Actress-comic responds to her critics
Attention, feminists. Before you write off 2016 as a net loss for contemporary feminism, know this: Amy Schumer is in talks to play Barbie in a live-action comedy.
According to Variety, Schumer is close to a deal with Mattel and Sony Pictures to star as Barbie in a film in which she gets “kicked out of Barbieland for not being perfect enough and lands in a realworld adventure.” It’s a departure from the more reverential animated Barbie movies of the past, but still meant to be a family flick, with a planned PG rating. And who better to recalibrate the image and message of Barbie than Schumer, who is expected to tweak the screenplay with her sister Kim Caramele, a writer and producer on “Inside Amy Schumer”?
Here’s why we love the casting:
1. Schumer walks on two feet and proudly holds her own head up. Unlike the original Barbie, who was so stretched and disfigured that, had she’d been a real woman, she would have had to walk on all fours, Schumer is openly adoring of her fabulous curves. A report published earlier this year showed that girls who played with traditional Barbies have higher rates of dissatisfaction with their bodies. Even Mattel has wised up, introducing a new line of Barbies with more realistic bodies earlier this year.
Here’s Schumer’s response to the pervasive pressure to be thin: “No, I’m not going to apologize for who I am, and I’m going to actually love the skin that I’m in. I’m not going to be striving for some other version of myself.” Amen.
2. She’s hysterical. Remember that thing that happens every couple of years, when some jerk says women can’t be funny? Right. With Schumer as a role model, our daughters will have other things to laugh at, besides that ludicrous assertion.
3. She’s smart and selfmade. According to Mattel, Barbie has had more than 150 careers. (Granted, that’s a pretty impressive résumé). But she might still want to look to Schumer for lessons on charting her own destiny. After perfecting her singular comedic style at comedy clubs, Schumer inked deals to write her own TV show, and then a hit movie, followed by a best-selling book. Unclear if she drives a pink convertible, but the point is: She could if she wanted to.
4. She doesn’t take any crap. We have a feeling that nobody is going to push this Barbie around.
5. Her self-esteem is infectious. Schumer is said to be rewriting the Barbie movie’s original screenplay with her sister Caramele, so she’ll have control over the 2018 film’s theme and content. And if the kids who see it come away with an extra ounce of the confidence that Schumer exudes, we’ll all be the better for it.
Amy Schumer is calling out critics who slammed her potential casting as Barbie in an upcoming live-action film based on the Mattel doll.
Variety reported Schumer was in talks to play Barbie and the plot of the movie would involve the character getting kicked out of Barbieland for not being perfect enough and going on an adventure in the real world.
She said those who attempted to fat shame her have failed because she knows she’s not fat and has “zero shame” in her game. Schumer said she’s a “great choice” to play “an important and evolving icon.”
Amy Schumer visits with Stephen Colbert on his “Late Show” in August.
A new group of more realistic Barbie dolls was introduced in January. Mattel started selling Barbies in three new body types: tall, curvy and petite, with seven skin tones, 22 eye colors and 24 hairstyles.