Amy Schumer will be the most per­fect im­per­fect Bar­bie

Ac­tress-comic re­sponds to her crit­ics

The Denver Post - - LIFE & CULTURE - By Ellen McCarthy By The As­so­ci­ated Press

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.”

Ti­mothy Ku­ratek, CBS

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.

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