As we reported yesterday, a new live-action Barbie movie may soon be on the horizon, but it’s not exaccctttly what you might have envisioned: Rumor has it that Amy Schumer is in talks to play the lead, and that she won’t be boxing herself in to fit the traditional mold of the Mattel doll. Featuring a storyline that sees her being kicked out of Barbieland for being less than perfect, the film will be a comedy with an underlying message of acceptance.
Apparently, Twitter didn’t get the message, with many taking to the social media platform to blast the actress.
While a rogue commenter or two expressed distaste for the choice over what they called her classless demeanor, the majority of backlash was centered around her weight, suggesting that she wasn’t thin enough to play the iconic role.
Others went so far as to post memes comparing her to Miss Piggy or joke about eating disorder plots, and we’ve gotta say, we were pretty thoroughly disgusted. Not only do the comments basically go against everything the upcoming film stands for, but we can’t even imagine how she must feel to have read some of the things being tweeted about her.
Mattel is even on board with making Barbie more physically diverse (Ashley Graham is getting her own body-positive Barbie, for starters), so it’s pretty disheartening to see the lack of progressiveness being exhibited here. As with the nasty tweets following Kim Kardashian’s Paris robbery, regardless of what you think of Amy as a person, she is, in fact, a person, and no one deserves to be put down for their body or weight, regardless of size.
The negative posters didn’t account for all Twitter users, however: Plenty were just as quick to defend the actress from the comments, chastising their peers for their poor choice of words.
While Amy has yet to address her haters, it wouldn’t be the first time she’s had to respond to commenters over her weight.
She posted this shot of herself in a swimsuit several months back, saying, “I meant to write, ‘Good morning, trolls!’ I hope you find 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. This is how I look. I feel happy. I think I look strong and healthy and also like Miss Trenchbull from Matilda. Kisses!”
We sincerely hope she takes the same laissez-faire attitude this time around: It really is the only way to be.
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(h/t Daily News, photos via Larry Busacca + Bryan Bedder/Getty)