Amy Schumer's new movie I Feel Pretty hits theaters this weekend, and the early trailers for the flick have given us a good idea of the premise. The film will follow Renee, a woman played by Amy Schumer who is very insecure about her looks. One day she has an accident and wakes up feeling totally self-confident and amazing. In the time since the trailer for the movie first came out, there have been various thinkpieces and complaints on the Internet about the upcoming comedy's plot, and now Amy Schumer has addressed criticisms about whether the movie sends the wrong message about loving your body. She said in a recent interview that there has been "projection" on the Internet, noting,
There's been a lot of projection. I heard a lot of, 'She doesn't have a right to feel bad about herself because she looks however she looks.' But first off, it's not about an ugly troll becoming beautiful, it's about a woman who has low self-esteem finding some. Everyone's got a right to feel that feeling, regardless of their appearance. We all struggle with self-esteem. I certainly have. Your friends who you think are so beautiful, they could be struggling too. You want them to see themselves the way you see them, but it's not our place to say who should be allowed to have low self-esteem.
It looks like Amy Schumer has seen at least some of the thoughts people have had on the topic, which have tended toward saying the movie does not celebrate body positivity. Some of this may have accidentally been spawned by Schumer herself, as she previously told Ellen that after the accident in the movie, Renee wakes up feeling like she is "a supermodel." In a lot of people's minds that equates to tall and lithe and definitely skinny, but now Schumer has clarified what is actually happening in the movie. It's more about self-esteem than looking perfect, according to the actress.
As to whether or not Renee sees herself as skinny, Amy Schumer also told Vulture that is a misnomer. Per the actress, that's just people who have seen the trailer assuming when she looks in the mirror she's so addled she sees a totally different body type. In reality:
But this projection, yeah: I heard the comment, 'Why does she have to think of herself as skinny?' a lot. 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.
Women are often body conscious from a very young age; in fact, along with societal pressures many of us put pressure on ourselves, as well. And this isn't the first time Amy Schumer specifically has dealt with body-related backlash; she's well aware of fat shaming and had to deal with it when she was initially signed on for the Barbie movie, a role that eventually went to Anne Hathaway. Ultimately, it looks as if the message the movie is trying to send about finding self-esteem with what you have isn't a bad one, and perhaps what we've seen from the trailers and promos for the movie doesn't convey the exact message the movie does. We'll be able to find out if I Feel Pretty is able to draw that fine line when the flick officially opens on April 20. To find out what else is coming to theaters, take a look at our full schedule.