Amy Schumer: Thanks, Trolls, I'm Actually the Perfect Barbie
And don't bother calling it fat-shaming since she's neither fat nor shamed
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2016 10:53 AM CST
In this Dec. 3, 2015, file photo, Amy Schumer arrives at the GQ Men of the Year Party at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – Amy Schumer has been hit with backlash since the announcement that she'll be playing Barbie in an upcoming movie about the iconic toy, and on Tuesday, she hit back at the haters on Instagram. Next to a picture of herself in a bathing suit, she wrote that it shouldn't really be called "fat shaming" because she knows she's not fat and has "zero shame." "When I look in the mirror I know who I am," she continues. "[I'm] 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."

She ends by thanking the trolls, because they actually made it "so evident that I am a great choice" for the role of Barbie: "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." There's quite a bit of support for her out there: As the Guardian points out, were the producers to attempt to cast someone with the Barbie toy's actual dimensions, that person "would be unable to lift her head or stand." And, as the Washington Post pointed out before Schumer's Instagram post, the comedian is self-confident, hilarious, smart, successful, and self-made—"who better to recalibrate the image and message of Barbie?"

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