Amy Schumer on body image: ‘I’m not going to look like a malnourished bird’

She has been criticised for not being skinny, but Amy Schumer refuses to give into the jibes. — Reuters pic
She has been criticised for not being skinny, but Amy Schumer refuses to give into the jibes. — Reuters pic

LOS ANGELES, June 29 — From sexism in Hollywood to her weight, Amy Schumer certainly isnt’t afraid to speak her mind.

When asked her about her body image in Hollywood during a press conference for her new film “Trainwreck”, she had this to say:

“It’s very therapeutic for me to be like, ‘Yes, I’m not going to look like a malnourished bird,’ and I like speaking to that, as well as speaking to my work and what I’m doing.”

In the movie (which hits theatres July 17), Schumer plays a serial dater with what some have perceived as having an act-like-a-man-attitude. Not so, says Schumer.

“A lot of people have asked me if I intended to kind of flip the gender roles like I’m playing the guy, and that’s not been my experience at all,” she explained.

“This is how I am and how a lot of girls are where the guy ends up being a little more sensitive and more invested. So the scene where I get high and then John [Cena’s] character looks through my phone, and then instead of comforting him I ask if I can leave — that did happen in my real life.”

The 34-year-old also defended herself against claims that her comedy is racially insensitive. “I am a comic,” Schumer wrote. “I will joke about things you like and I will joke about things you aren’t comfortable with.”

The post appears to be a response to an article published in the Guardian yesterday accusing her of having “a large blind spot around race”. 

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