Amy Schumer’s ‘I Feel Pretty’ Receives Body Shaming Backlash

Stand-up comedian and actress, Amy Schumer, has recently received some serious backlash over the trailer of her new film – “I Feel Pretty.” Amy Schumer stars as the main character, Renee Bennett, who bangs her head during a cycling class and suddenly sees herself as incredibly beautiful.

The problem with this? Well, if you watch the trailer down the below, it focuses on a woman’s size, as well as the notion that self-confidence could only ever be obtained through a bump on the head. Low self-esteem? No problem, just bang your head on the wall a couple of times. That should work.

People are also angry that Amy’s character was being made out to be apparently “ugly” in the film, whilst the humour also revolves around physical appearances.

It’s very similar to the controversy that surrounded the animated film “Red Shoes and the 7 Dwarves”, where Snow White, a plump, heavyset woman is only “beautiful” when she puts on her red shoes, thus making her taller and slimmer. The movie’s poster and the trailer received serious backlash for body shaming bigger women, and it seems we have a similar situation here too.

Renee Bennet at the job interview, after hitting her head, she’s super confident. Source: Deadline

‘I Feel Pretty’ currently has a 34% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and a few critics have been quick to write about their disapproval of the film, including Sheri Lindon of The Hollywood Reporter.

“The story of a woman who’s knocked unconscious and wakes believing that she’s supermodel material, the film veers between inspired and strained and finally settles into the realm of self-improvement pop psychology,” Sheri says. “The bracing promise of the setup steadily loses fizz.”

Also criticising the film was Michael O’Sullivan from The Washington Reporter, who only gave the film one star. He says that body shaming is “no longer cool and funny”, and that the film’s message of empowerment, ends up making the opposite point.

“Though ‘I Feel Pretty’ is intended to deliver a message of empowerment – women should feel good about themselves without struggling to meet unreasonable standards of beauty – it ends up making the exact opposite point,” he argues. “If you don’t look like Emily Ratajkowski, the film says, a rail-thin model and actress who has a small role, you’re unworthy of attention and love.”

Another critic, Kimber Myers of Playlist, praises actress Michelle Williams for her performance in the film, rather than the main star. Michelle Williams is well-known for starring in gritty dramas, so it was definitely a change for her to appear in a comedy for a change.

Some say Michelle Williams steals the show with her comedic timing. Credit: Imdb

“While Schumer shows dramatic chops, by contrast, Williams is the film’s comedic hero,” she said. “Normally known for her dramatic skill, the four-time Oscar nominee is hilarious here as Avery LeClaire, the heiress to the cosmetics kingdom, whose high-pitched voice keeps her from commanding a room.”

However, despite this, Kimber concludes that while ‘I Feel Pretty’ is “beautiful on the inside” and full of good intentions, it looks a “hot mess” on the outside. Ouch!

The film is due to be released in the US today on April 20th, and on May 4th in the United Kingdom.

However, judging by the trailer, do you agree that it body-shames big women, or is it all just a bit of harmless fun? Do let us know your thoughts in the comments section below, after you’ve seen this one.


<Story by Emily Clark>

Featured Photo Credit: Entertainment Tonight

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