“When I look in the mirror I know who I am”
by Molly Thomson
Of course, some Internet trolls do not, and have been floating their speculations that she isn’t “beautiful” or skinny enough to fill the plastic doll’s tiny stilettos. Amy caught wind of the backlash, and fired back in a strongly-worded, empowering Instagram post:
In other words, she doesn’t define herself by how she looks, but by how she treats the people she loves. She is confident in herself, so she doesn’t feel insecure nor should she.
Schumer then goes on to address the trolls directly, saying: “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 [for Barbie]. 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.”
As if that weren’t powerful enough, she then reaches out to others who have been bullied, saying: “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 sh#* 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.'”
We thank Amy for addressing the fat-shaming and bullying that is so prevalent in our culture, and for speaking out as a role model for young girls and boys everywhere.
We have the power to determine our stories, and we thank her for not only showing us how, but also for helping us all to remember that we’re so beautiful now!