Hollywood announced something major yesterday and it caused a great deal of controversy.
If you haven’t been on Twitter in the past 24 hours, you might have missed the news that Amy Schumer is in talks to play Barbie in a live-action movie for Sony. To no surprise, this was met with a great deal of criticism on the Internet due to the fact that Schumer does not fit the classic Barbie mold. While it’s true that the version of Barbie we all grew up with is known for having the “perfect” body, the studio is looking to tell the doll’s story from a different perspective.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will take place “in a perfect land of Barbies, where one woman slowly awakens to the fact that she doesn’t fit in.” After she takes a trip to the real world, she comes to realize “that being unique is an asset.”
Schumer has shown us over the years that she is certainly one of a kind. The comedienne became a sensation with Inside Amy Schumer and her box office smash, Trainwreck, but her work isn’t exactly kid-friendly. It’s likely that she will rewrite the script for this film with sister and writing partner Kim Caramele, and a family film will definitely be new territory for these two. While this transition from R-rated comedies to a movie appropriate for all ages might not be easy, it could be a change the film industry needs.
All of us remember being young and watching movies where there was only one type of woman to look up to. She was practically perfect in every way, and the older we got, the more we realized the impossibility of achieving the standards set by this kind of idealistic woman. The thought of young girls being able to go see a movie in which a woman embraces the fact that she doesn’t look like these idealized models is something that is better than any fairy tale. Barbie has already made strides in empowering young girls, but if this film is successful, it could make even more of a difference.
So while Schumer isn’t the traditional choice for the role, she has the power to do something beautiful with this opportunity. She has already shown her passion for female empowerment, and she has a clear goal for women.
“I want women to lift each [other] up,” she said at last year’s Elle Women in Hollywood Awards. “Get more and more powerful and understand their worth.”
We’ll have to wait and see whether or not Schumer’s Barbie is a hit or a miss with audiences, but until then, we can only hope that her talent and passion will translate to family entertainment.