Amy Schumer says bye bye Barbieland
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Amy Schumer says bye bye Barbieland

Citing scheduling conflicts, the controversial Jewish comedienne withdraws from the live-action Mattel movie about the doll with impossible proportions

Yaakov Schwartz is The Times of Israel's deputy Jewish World editor.

Amy Schumer has bowed out of the 'Barbie' movie due to scheduling conflicts. (Robin Marchant/Getty Images via JTA)
Amy Schumer has bowed out of the 'Barbie' movie due to scheduling conflicts. (Robin Marchant/Getty Images via JTA)

Actress and comedienne Amy Schumer has backed out of the title role in the upcoming live action “Barbie” movie, citing scheduling conflicts. Schumer was also contributing to the script’s rewrite.

Since her 2015 award-nominated movie “Trainwreck,” the star certainly is busy.

According to a statement by Schumer, the promotional tour of her upcoming film “Snatched,” and filming of “She Came to Me” (also starring Nicole Kidman and Steve Carell), are set to coincide with “Barbie,” which begins filming on June 23.

When her role as Barbie was originally announced, Schumer, known as an outspoken feminist, went head-to-head with fat-shaming social media trolls who claim she doesn’t fit the mold for the plastic plaything.

In response to critics who mocked her “average” body, she reposted a photo of herself in a black one-piece bathing suit, and expressed her “deepest sympathy” to “the trolls who are in more pain than we will ever understand.”

Very very honored to be nominated for 2 Grammys and to be considered to play an important and evolving icon. 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. 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 shit 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

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But the provocative proponent of women’s rights isn’t without her share of controversy in other arenas — including with her own Tribe, when she posed between a clarinetist and saxophonist and tweeted the image with the caption, “A Jew with horns.”

Her constant references to her anatomy also rub some the wrong way, and even those who aren’t offended are starting to find the routine tiresome.

She was also accused by three female comedians on Twitter of stealing jokes. Though claims that she plagiarized were taken back, fans — and ex-fans — acted as jury and compared uncannily similar clips of Schumer next to older stand-up routines by some of her peers.

While Schumer denies stealing any jokes and even said she’d take a lie detector test to prove it, it’s hard to deny the likeness between the bits — something her accusers rolled back and called “parallel thinking.”

Still, like most celebrities of the Jewish persuasion, the feminist funnywoman and cousin of Senator Chuck Schumer is a favorite among her coreligionists — even her old Hebrew school rabbi recalls her childhood shenanigans fondly.

For its part, Sony, who is backing the “Barbie” film, says that it supports Schumer’s decision to bow out.

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