Earlier this week, the trailer for Amy Schumer’s upcoming movie, I Feel Pretty, was released.
It’s already causing controversy.
In the movie Schumer plays Renee, a woman who suffers from low self esteem and worries about her appearance.
Then Renee falls off her bicycle during a SoulCycle class and hits her head. When she comes around she looks in the mirror and suddenly starts seeing herself as a supermodel.
With this renewed confidence, Renee starts tackling different parts of her life – her career, her friendships, her love life.
In summary, it feels like a body positive version of Trainwreck. It’s a comedy with a feel good message that showcases a body that’s a little bit different to the the bodies we’re used to seeing on screen.
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However, not everyone is happy about Schumer’s upcoming film. Comedian Sofie Hagen has raised several questions about the trailer on Twitter.
First she wondered who the trailer is actually supposed to appeal to, writing: “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 fat suit? What is wrong with this world?”
“Who is this meant to resonate with? Before we can enjoy the premise, 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?”
Hagen also found the whole, erm, hitting your head to feel pretty story line a little problematic.
I MEAN, SHE HITS HER HEAD AND THEN FEELS BEAUTIFUL. This movie legit had to become SCI-FI for it to be realistic. Only in a MAGICAL universe could she possibly feel pretty. HER – blonde, white, thin, femme, cis, blah, she is ALL THE THINGS AND STILL SHE IS NOT CONSIDERED PRETTY.
— Sofie Hagen (@SofieHagen) February 9, 2018
There were others on Twitter who also shared similar views:
Just read the plot for #IFeelPretty and I just vomited in my mouth.
1. It takes a head injury for someone to think their beautiful? And have confidence? Seriously??
2. Playing ‘pretty’/ ‘ugly’ girl card is revolting- AND destructive. Putting girls against girls. Fuck that shit
— Linz Unicorn Sminks (@this_sminks) February 8, 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
While some saw it as a feel good movie that’s trying to spread an important message:
I’m trying to find some understanding in the backlash @amyschumer is receiving for #IFeelPretty I am sure of one thing; women still continue to tear other women down without reason. We are striving for gender equality but taking steps back by not seting good example #DoBetter
— Nicole Silverman (@SleepySilverman) February 9, 2018
I find it unfortunate that you have so many well-formed opinions about a movie you haven’t seen yet. Also, Amy is one of the few women shaping her career as one who can carry a movie without a male lead. Maybe we should let her tell some stories before dragging her. #IFeelPretty
— Emilia K. (@awesomEmilia) February 9, 2018
@amyschumer ‘s new movie #IFeelPretty is something all of us doesn’t matter male or female should learn from. Watched the trailer and I think it may be the feel good movie all of us needs to see more of.
— Selina Antipas (@antipasselina) February 9, 2018
As a person really struggling to love her self as she is, this honestly couldn’t have come at a better time. I like dealing with crappy stuff with humor, and the truth of the matter is, some of us DO need a BONK on the head to realize we are beautiful. @amyschumer #IFeelPretty
— Cristy Tango (@_CristyTango_) February 10, 2018
Speaking to Ellen, Schumer described her latest project as a “really sweet and funny movie that will make us all feel better”.
I Feel Pretty will be out in cinemas later this year.
What do you think of the trailer, will you be watching the movie?