On Thursday, Amy Schumer dropped the trailer for her new film I Feel Pretty, and it’s upsetting, to say the least.
The movie follows Rene (Amy) as she transforms from an insecure woman to one filled with body confidence after she hits her head in a SoulCycle accident.
If I’m giving Amy the benefit of the doubt, I’d like to think her intention was to critique society’s standard of beauty and to show that ultimately, what makes you most beautiful is your confidence and inner beauty.
However, that’s not at all what plays out on screen. The resulting film, if the trailer is any indication, mocks the entire body positive movement and every woman who has ever struggled with self-acceptance. And that’s just the start. Below, a few more issues I take with Amy’s film I Feel Pretty (or, at least the trailer).
Problem #1: Amy *Already* Matches Society’s Definition of Beautiful
The whole premise is based on the idea that Amy, or at least her character is not seen as beautiful by society. The first scene in the trailer is of her going shopping only to be told that her size is most likely not available for her.
Let’s get one thing clear right now: Amy Schumer is not plus-sized. She is straight-sized and has said herself that she varies between a size 6 and size 8. In fact, she became enraged when Glamour included her in a plus-size spread in 2016, next to Ashley Graham and Adele.
This entire scene is an insult to anyone who actually is plus-size and can’t find their size at stores because designers are too ignorant to even make clothing their sizes. Many women in America have faced this issue on more than one occasion and Amy is parodying their very real-life experiences.
Problem #2: Slim Women Can Have Body Image Issues Too
In another scene in the trailer, Amy walks into the bathroom to find Emily Ratajkowski crying because she has low self-esteem. Amy quickly responds “I want to punch you right in your dumb face.”
I’m only going to say this one time: any woman, regardless of her figure, can have body image problems. There’s even a disorder called body dysmorphia in which women (or men) cannot truly see their bodies clearly. It affects just as many slim women as it does curvy women. In fact, it’s often associated with anorexia and bulimia as women force themselves to get skinnier and skinner despite their already thin frame. (Watch To The Bone featuring real-life former anorexic Lily Collins if you need an accurate depiction).
Problem #3: Implying that You Need a Brain Injury to Have Love Your Body is Ridiculous
Now, I realize that’s obviously supposed to be the joke of the movie: that it takes Amy hitting her head to finally feel beautiful. But as someone who has worked hard to love her body, and knows plenty of other women who have gone through the same journey, I don’t find this funny. There’s nothing wrong with my brain, the problem is society. So please don’t imply otherwise.
Problem #4: You Can Be Confident Without Being Obnoxious
The minute that Amy gains her new-found love of her body, she becomes incredibly annoying to an extreme. She’s conceited, egotistical and presumptuous.
Guess what, Amy? There’s actually an in-between state besides insecurity and cockiness.
Problem #5: Feeling Confident in Your Body Doesn’t Change Society’s Reactions to You
After her transformation (which includes a full-blown makeover because clearly curvy and plus-size women just don’t “try” enough), Amy instantly finds herself attracting the attention of men, and even wows the crows during a bikini contest.
For actual plus-size women, life doesn’t work that way. Model Tess Holliday, who’s a size 22, walks into a room with the most confidence a girl could have and yet she still gets fat-shamed on the reg. She was even lectured by an Uber driver about her health.
Next time a studio wants to buy a comedy about body positivity, I sincerely hope they’ll pass on Amy Schumer’s bullshit and pick a script and actress who can actually do the topic justice.