In 2007, 2008, stand-up comedienne, writer, actress, and producer Amy Schumer first appeared on reality-television series Last Comic Standing and Reality Bites Back; however, she didn't begin her rise to fame until several years later when she delivered hilarious and memorable perfomances during Comedy Central's roasts of Charlie Sheen and Roseanne Barr. Since then, she's parlayed that success into a television career — starring in her own sketch comedy series, Inside Amy Schumer (2013-present), and host the 2015 MTV Movie Awards — and a film career, starring in 2015's Trainwreck (she also wrote).
Today, it was reported Schumer's next big project will be starring as Barbie in Sony Picture's live-action take on Mattel’s top-selling fashion doll. Since the comedienne is best known for her R-rated material and mining her physical imperfections for laughs, many people were surprised that Schumer would star in the PG-intended children's film and bring the doll/character to life — which has been greatly criticized in the past few decades for building unrealistic expectations in young girls.
Below, check out some of the negative and positive reactions to today's news.
Amy Schumer as Barbie, 'cause Danny Trejo was busy.— Les Nessman (@MetricButtload) December 2, 2016
Amy Schumer is to Barbie what Michael Moore is to GI Joe.— Sweet_Me_Lissa (@Mel_lific) December 2, 2016
Bros bitching about Amy Schumer being cast as Barbie proves it's never about ruined childhoods, it's always about being a dickhead to women.— Scott Wampler (@LimitedPaper) December 2, 2016
y'all really fat shaming Amy Schumer for playing a barbie....when half of u are boys..... and have never played w/ them ..... and are adults— jen loves madison🌧 (@tropicsmadison) December 2, 2016
If Amy Schumer is Barbie, then Seth Rogan should be Ken because that combo worked out so well for Anheuser Busch.— E-Mo-ji 🎯 (@molratty) December 2, 2016
Amy Schumer as BARBIE would be legit the 3rd best thing to ever happen to Barbie.— Da7e Gonzales (@Da7e) December 2, 2016
Amy Schumer is gonna star in the new Barbie movie. I guess that means Ken is now gonna come with Beer Goggles.— Adam Hunter (@AdamComedian) December 2, 2016
They're making this movie entirely so we can get a thousand "RIGHTWING MEDIA LASH OUT AT AMY SCHUMER AS BARBIE" hot takes https://t.co/VCGMdvNvRf— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) December 2, 2016
The ONLY way I'd watch a movie about Barbie is if @amyschumer was starring in it.— Darci Monet 🎶 🎭 (@DarciMonet) December 2, 2016
Love these ppl criticizing the casting of Amy Schumer in "Barbie." If you bothered reading the synopsis, you'd know her casting makes sense.— D. Warren (@dboxw1) December 2, 2016
"I'm not in the target demographic of the Barbie movie nor would I ever see it, so let me tell you why Amy Schumer shouldn't star in it."— Cracked.com (@cracked) December 2, 2016
"Schumer will play a character who lives in Barbieland, among all of the various Barbie characters beloved by doll collectors (there are dolls covering over 180 careers)," according to Deadline. "In a fish-out-of-water story reminiscent of films like Splash and Big, Schumer’s Barbie gets kicked out, basically because she’s not perfect enough, is a bit eccentric and doesn’t quite fit the mold. She then goes on an adventure in the real world and by the time she returns to Barbieland to save it, she has gained the realization that perfection comes on the inside, not the outside, and that the key to happiness is belief in oneself, free of the obligation to adhere to some unattainable standard of perfection."
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Walter F. Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Amy Pascal will produce. The script was penned by Hilary Winston but is getting a rewrite Schumer and her sister, Kim Caramele.
Sony's live-action Barbie movie is set to hit theaters in the summer of 2018.