"People just kind of projected their own stuff onto it," the comedian says while addressing body image backlash against her new movie.
Amy Schumer is taking advantage of her "I Feel Pretty" press tour to respond to haters who were "triggered" by the trailer when it came out months ago.
"I think the trailer really triggered people, which is part of the reason why I think there is such a need for this movie right now," the actress told The Daily Beast in an interview published Wednesday. "And I hope that people do give it a chance. I know they’ll feel good leaving it. I really believe that."
"People felt like this was supposed to be a movie where I play the really ugly girl and then I get pretty in the end or something," Schumer continued. "But that's not what it is. It's just about somebody with really low self-esteem."
In the comedy hitting theaters this Friday, Schumer plays an insecure woman who gets a bump on the head during a spin class, causing her to gain a surge of self-confidence. In other words, her entire view of how she sees herself changes, without her physically changing anything. Still, critics of the premise see it as a form of body shaming and promoting unhealthy body image.
Since #IFeelPretty comes out on Friday here’s your reminder that you shouldn’t spend $ on it: A movie that shows a “plus-size” girl falling in love with herself by SEEING HERSELF AS A THIN MODEL IS TOXIC AF. THIS IS NOT A BODY-POSITIVITY FILM. STOP ENABLING FAT-PHOBIA.— Destiny 🌑💫 (@fablesandfae) April 16, 2018
Empowering women by saying an average weight woman is the fat girl is total BS. The whole concept is so warped that this woman who is average is so fat that idea of her being pretty is comical!! Fuck you. #IFeelPretty— ciara ♥️ (@RadCiara) April 17, 2018
I have a HUGE problem with the movie #IFeelPretty As someone with an eating disorder, seeing someone Amy’s size, which is healthy, playing a role of someone who is made fun of for being “fat” makes me feel worse about me and my body, not happy I saw the trailer on TV!!— Alyssa Ciancio (@lyss_pinklove) April 14, 2018
However, Schumer and her co-stars have argued that is a misconception.
"It’s a metaphor for how much you want to be able to communicate to the people you love that you think are gorgeous, that you wish they could see themselves the way you see them," Schumer said. "People just kind of projected their own stuff onto it. That doesn’t surprise me. I think people do that for everything. But I really hope that doesn’t keep them from seeing the movie."
Schumer, a stand-up comedian who broke through on the big screen when "Trainwreck" became a blockbuster in the summer of 2015, addressed concerns earlier this week about the character's size playing a factor in whether or not she feels pretty.
"I heard the comment, 'Why does she have to think of herself as skinny' a lot," she told Vulture earlier this week. "But you never see how I see myself! That’s a guess, that Renee thinks of herself as skinny. In the scene after the head injury, the assumption is that the woman I see when I look in the mirror is skinny, but I’m just seeing my same self and perceiving my body as beautiful. She doesn’t say, 'I’m so thin!' She just says that she's amazed by her jawline, and her boobs, and her ass. If anything, that sounds like a more voluptuous woman to me."
"I Feel Pretty" struts into theaters this Friday. Watch the trailer below.