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Amy Schumer says trolls’ backlash over Barbie casting shows shes right for role

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Comedian says body-shaming attacks show somethings wrong with our culture after news of Grammy nominations

Amy Schumer has defended her credentials to play Barbie, an important and evolving icon, pointing to backlash as evidence of why she would be a great choice.

The announcement on Saturday that Schumer was in negotiations to play the lead in Mattels debut movie was met with some criticism online, with some complaining she did not meet the physical standards embodied by the plastic doll.

Barbie is the definition of perfection, complained a writer for a website called Barstool Sports that bills itself as being by the common man; for the common man.

Mattel is completely ruining her image by letting Amy Schumer be a Barbie.

A real woman with Barbies proportions would purportedly not be able to lift her head, nor walk on two legs.

Schumer acknowledged criticism of her selection in a post to Instagram on Tuesday night. The photo, a paparazzi shot, showed her wearing a black swimsuit in the surf.

Is it fat shaming if you know youre not fat and have zero shame in your game? I dont think so. … When I look in the mirror I know who I am.

She expressed her deepest sympathy … 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. Its that kind of response that lets you know somethings wrong with our culture and we all need to work together to change it.

Schumers post followed news of her being nominated for two Grammys: best comedy album for her set Live at the Apollo and best spoken-word album for The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo.

Her selection as Barbie comes nearly one year on from Mattels makeover of the doll to reflect a greater variety of body types, skin tones and styles.

The biggest update to the doll since 1959 gave Barbie 24 new hairstyles, seven different skin tones and three body types, and was featured on the front cover of Time magazine under the headline Now can we stop talking about my body?

The new range was announced in January this year, after a 14% drop in global sales of the doll in the three months to 30 September 2015 the eighth consecutive quarter in which profits had fallen.

Worldwide gross sales for the Barbie brand were up 16% on the previous year in Mattels 2016 third-quarter financial report, suggesting the new line was a success.

Schumer is used to scrutiny over her body. In March she hit out at trolls using that same photo of herself in a swimsuit.

I hope you find some joy in your lives today in a human interaction and not just in writing unkind things to a stranger youve never met who triggers something in you that makes you feel powerless and alone, she wrote. This is how I look. I feel happy. I think I look strong and healthy and also like Miss Trunchbull from Matilda. Kisses!

The following month she rallied again on Instagram against being included in Glamour magazines Chic at Any Size issue when she falls between a size 6 and an 8: It doesnt feel right to me. Young girls seeing my body type thinking that is plus size?

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Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/us

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