Amy Schumer responds to critics over possible Barbie role

Amy Schumer has hit back at critics who attacked her potential casting as Barbie in an upcoming live-action film based on the Mattel doll.

Variety reported last week that she was in talks to play Barbie and the plot of the movie would involve the character getting kicked out of Barbieland for not being perfect enough and going on an adventure in the real world.

The comedian posted a picture of herself in a swimming costume on Instagram.

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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. 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" #thegirlwiththelowerbacktattoo

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She wrote alongside the picture: “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.”

She ended her post writing: “We need to laugh at the haters and sympathise 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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