Amy Schumer’s Message to the Trolls: You Can’t Spell Body Shame without Shame

by Rachel Withers


Is there anyone who’s got it going on more than Amy Schumer right now?

Nominated for two Grammies and in negotiations to play Barbie in Mattel’s 2018 live-action movie… not to mention writing a New York Times-bestselling book, writing and starring in her own movies, and being one of the most popular comedians in the world.

Sadly, online trolls like to go after brilliant, thriving, badass women. Since the Barbie announcement, body-shamers have been bleating their objections that Schumer does not match the original doll’s unrealistic proportions (which, for the record, would entail being incapable of lifting one’s own head).

In response to the “shaming,” Schumer put up a killer Instagram post,showing the trolls their comments are like water off a brilliant, thriving, badass woman’s back:

Very very honored to be nominated for 2 Grammys and to be considered to play an important and evolving icon. 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. When I look in the mirror I know who I am. Im 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 where I lay it all out there and I’m fearless like you can be.

Schumer even dishes out some pity for the haters, pointing out how deeply unhappy people who body-shame must be (while reminding us yet again how happy she is):

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. 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. 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 shit done. I am proud to lead by example. “I say if I’m beautiful, I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story. I will”


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Schumer has been outspoken in the past about promoting healthy body standards and shutting down body-shamers in the past, even using the same babin’ photo to do so earlier this year.

She ends the new post by quoting herself (from a speech she gave at the 2014 Gloria Awards), because she is Amy fucking Schumer: “I say if I’m beautiful, I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story. I will.”

Haters gonna hate… and Schumer isn’t going to let it affect her one bit.

photo by Danielle St. Laurent for BUST

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