Amy Schumer has thanked trolls who attacked her casting in a new ‘Barbie’ movie for proving she is a "great" choice.
The 35-year-old actress is to play a character who is expelled from Barbieland for failing to live up to the perfection expected of its residents and will set off on a journey of self-discovery in the upcoming live-action film, which based on the popular Mattel doll franchise.
The plot has been described as a "contemporary spin on beauty, feminism and identity", but despite this message Amy received an avalanche of criticism on Twitter from users who were angry the curvaceous actress was cast in the movie.
Taking to Instagram on Tuesday night (12.06.16), Amy wrote a lengthy post detailing how the criticism only helped to prove she is a "great choice" for the role.
She wrote alongside a photo of herself in a bathing suit: "Thanks to everyone for the kind words and support and again my deepest sympathy goes out to the trolls who are in more pain than we will ever understand. I want to thank them for making it so evident that I am a great choice.
"It’s that kind of response that let’s you know something’s wrong with our culture and we all need to work together to change it. Anyone who has ever been bullied or felt bad about yourself I am out there fighting for you, for us. And I want you to fight for yourself too!
"We need to laugh at the haters and sympathize with them. They can scream as loud as they want. We can’t hear them because we are getting s**t done. I am proud to lead by example. I say if I’m beautiful, I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story. I will #thegirlwiththelowerbacktattoo (sic)"
And Amy also pointed out that she can’t be "fat shamed" by people if she knows she’s "not fat", and isn’t concerned by people’s comments about her body.
She posted: "Is it fat shaming if you know you’re not fat and have zero shame in your game? I don’t think so.
"I am strong and proud of how I live my life and say what I mean and fight for what I believe in and I have a blast doing it with the people I love.
"Where’s the shame? It’s not there. It’s an illusion.
"When I look in the mirror I know who I am. Im a great friend, sister, daughter and girlfriend.
"I’m a badass comic headlining arenas all over the world and making tv and movies and writing books where I lay it all out there and I’m fearless like you can be. (sic)"