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