Amy Schumer has suffered a backlash on social media after landing the role of Barbie in an upcoming live-action movie, and the whole thing’s pretty depressing.
Sadly, Schumer’s casting as the Mattel toy has provoked a lot of negative reaction online, with body shamers calling her ‘too fat’ for the role.
The new live-action film will see the hugely talented comedian and actress play a version of the doll who gets kicked out of Barbieland for not being perfect enough, The Wrap reports.
Schumer has been subjected to abuse online since the news was first reported over the weekend, and the Tweets make for pretty grim reading.
@KurtSchlichter Amy Schumer got picked as Barbie because girls need a fat lib role model who hate America.
— Brad Essex (@BradEssex) December 5, 2016
Amy Schumer was cast as Barbie's fat, loud mouth nemesis right? No? SHE is playing Barbie? hahaha! Is this a horror film?
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) December 2, 2016
— Hugh Mungus (@Jack1234589) December 3, 2016
As a fat blonde man, Amy Schumer gives me hope that maybe one day I can also be Barbie
— Josh A (@OfficialJoshA) December 4, 2016
— michelle (@michellle_ech) December 3, 2016
@GodfreyElfwick "Barbie Goes to Fat Camp" starring Amy Schumer.
— Buck Buckelson (@BuckyBuckBuck1) December 2, 2016
For years, Barbie dolls have been criticised for promoting negative body image amongst women, and not only is the doll’s slender figure unrealistic, it’s also physically impossible to achieve in real life.
According to research conducted by Rehabs.com, the doll’s measurements mean a real-life version of the doll would be forced to walk on all fours as she’d be unable to stand up.
A woman with Barbie’s physique would also have a 16-inch waist, which would only leave room for half a liver and a few inches of intestine. The site alleges that the odds of finding a woman with a waist that size one in 2.4 billion.
Artist Nickolay Lamm also compared Barbie’s impossible body proportions with that of a slim 19-year-old woman’s figure using a 3D printer, and the results show how unattainable the doll’s figure really is.
If nothing else, the negative comments being aimed at Schumer remind us that it’s time to leave Barbie’s negative body image connotations behind for good.
Mattel recently adopted a slightly more positive body image by honouring model and body activist Ashley Graham with a one-of-a-kind Barbie doll.