Open Letter To Barbie Movie Producers: Please Don't Be Predictable!
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Date: Friday 24 March 2017, 12:00 AM
Media: Refinery29

About the person Amy Schumer:
Art: Comedy, Acting, Television
Genres: Blue Comedy, Insult Comedy, Observational Comedy, Roast Comedy, Sketch Comedy, Stage & Screen, Stand-up Comedy, Film, Movie, Series, Sitcom, Sound Movie, Television, Theatre, TV Personality, TV Programming
Notable Organizations: Refinery29
As a child, I was told that Barbie would die if her proportions were translated onto a real-life body. Her tiny waist-to-hip ratio would crush her internal organs; her delicate wrists would be incapable of lifting objects; her swan-like neck couldnít support her head. Real-life Barbie would be crippled by beauty. In 2016, Sony and Mattel announced they were doing the impossible: bringing these outrageous proportions to a live-action film. With the announcement of Amy Schumer as Barbie, the movie studios pleasantly surprised me. Schumer, a paragon of body-positivity, was just the person to give the Barbie doll the 21st-century makeover she needed so desperately. In the film script, Barbie gets booted out of Barbieland for not being perfect, and lands smack dab in the middle of the real world. Think Enchanted but with more Ken and less Prince Charming. Unlike the doll, Schumerís Barbie would certainly be able to lift her head and hold it high. Thatís something Amy Schumer has been doing her whole career. When word got out that the actress and comedian was in talks with Mattel and Sony for the role, Schumer had a swift response to the skeptics. She took to Instagram to post a photo of herself in a swimsuit, along wth a pointed message directed toward the haters.
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