Amy Schumer Talks Fat-Shaming, Hits Back at Body Critics

The actress discussed those who said she isn't right for a "Barbie" movie.

ByLESLEY MESSER
December 6, 2016, 4:57 PM

— -- Amy Schumer has addressed "trolls" who have criticized her looks.

In an Instagram post Tuesday, the comedian said she is "very, very honored" to be under consideration to play "an important and evolving icon."

According to a Deadline report from Dec. 2, the actress is in negotiations to star in a live-action "Barbie" film.

Almost immediately, critics voiced opinions that the "Trainwreck" star does not look the part.

Schumer responded in an Instagram post.

"Is it fat-shaming if you know you're not fat and have zero shame in your game? I don't think so. I am strong and proud of how I live my life and say what I mean and fight for what I believe in and I have a blast doing it with the people I love. Where's the shame? It's not there. It's an illusion," she wrote.

"Thanks to everyone for the kind words and support and again my deepest sympathy goes out to the trolls who are in more pain than we will ever understand," she continued. "I want to thank them for making it so evident that I am a great choice. It's that kind of response that let's you know something's wrong with our culture and we all need to work together to change it."

This is not the first time Schumer, 35, has spoken out about her body. In April she questioned Glamour magazine's decision to include her name on the cover of its "chic at any size" issue, alongside Adele and Melissa McCarthy, and last year she posed seminude for the Pirelli calendar.

"I felt I looked more beautiful than I've ever felt in my life," she said at the time, "and I felt like it looked like me."

In her Instagram post, Schumer noted how flattered she was by the two Grammy nominations she received Tuesday morning. The comedian's book, "The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo," was nominated for best spoken word album and best comedy album.

"When I look in the mirror I know who I am. I'm a great friend, sister, daughter and girlfriend. I'm a bad-ass comic headlining arenas all over the world and making TV and movies and writing books where I lay it all out there and I'm fearless like you can be," she told her 5.4 million Instagram followers.

"Anyone who has ever been bullied or felt bad about yourself I am out there fighting for you, for us. And I want you to fight for yourself too! We need to laugh at the haters and sympathize with them. They can scream as loud as they want. We can't hear them because we are getting s--- done. I am proud to lead by example."

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