Not everyone is psyched about the conceit in Amy Schumer’s new made-in-Massachusetts movie.
Called “I Feel Pretty,” the comedy is about a woman who believes she’s a raving beauty — “undeniably pretty” — after falling off a bike and suffering a concussion. (The film comes out June 29.)
“My character Renee, she kind of has low self-esteem and she really wants to be pretty and just feel all the parts of life that open up to you when you’re just gorgeous, and then I fall off my bike in SoulCycle and I start seeing myself as a supermodel,” Schumer explained last week on Ellen DeGeneres’s show. “I look exactly the same, but in my mind, I am Gisele [Bundchen], I am one of the Jenner-Kardashians — gorgeous, and things start happening.”
The problem, some say, is that Schumer is already all of those things.
Comedian Sofie Hagen went on an epic Twitter rant after watching the “I Feel Pretty” trailer, and it’s hard to argue with what she says.
So the new Amy Schumer movie is about a woman who is half an inch from being conventionally Hollywood attractive (but rest-of-the-world attractive) who thinks she's rest-of-the-world-attractive? I have never been more confused in my life.— Sofie Hagen (@SofieHagen) February 9, 2018
Amy Schumer is blonde, white, able-bodied, femme and yes, thin. She IS society's beauty ideal. So they give her a ponytail and remove her make-up and suddenly she's ugly? Why not just give her glasses or a fatsuit? What is wrong with this world?— Sofie Hagen (@SofieHagen) February 9, 2018
Who is this meant to resonate with? Before we can enjoy the premis, surely we have to buy into the fact that she is not pretty. How many of us are bigger than her? Are we supposed to accept that THIS is ugly when it's all we've been taught that we should aim for?— Sofie Hagen (@SofieHagen) February 9, 2018
I have watched the trailer so many times now. Would it be funny if it was someone GENUINELY (conventionally) unattractive? Someone did not live up to a single beauty ideal? Or would it then be provocative to see someone undeserving of confidence actually feel confident?— Sofie Hagen (@SofieHagen) February 9, 2018
There’s more, but you get the gist. Anyway, Hagen isn’t the only one objecting to — or mocking — the film’s premise. Here are a few other reactions.
Is the new @amyschumer movie #IFeelPretty seriously implying that the only way a women above a size 2 can feel confident and love herself is if she has a head injury? Seriously?! pic.twitter.com/UssPh6msVL— Alisa Garcia (@alisamgarcia) February 11, 2018
As someone who looks considerably less attractive than @amyschumer in a bikini, has considerably less middle class privilege, & a chronic illness - what am I supposed to take from #Ifeelpretty - that I?m hideous to society and need brain damage before I can believe in myself? Ffs— Beth Edwards (@bethedwardsuk) February 9, 2018
Schumer hasn’t responded to the backlash, but she has made her rumored relationship with Martha’s Vineyard chef Chris Fischer official. Schumer attended DeGeneres’s 60th birthday bash over the weekend, and posted a pic of herself smooching Fischer, captioning the photo: “Happy Birthday @theellenshow thank you for having us!”