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Amy Schumer’s New Movie Is A Step Backward For Body Positivity

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The internet is not happy about this one

Late last week, Amy Schumer released the trailer for her forthcoming comedy, I Feel Pretty, in which she wakes up from a fall "believing she is the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet," per the film's description. 

As Schumer herself explained on Ellen, “I look exactly the same, but in my mind, I am Gisele (Bündchen), I am one of the Jenner-Kardashians—gorgeous, and things start happening." However, not everyone is on the same page. 

In theory, I Feel Pretty is supposed to be a movie about self-love and celebrating one's body—something that we do need more of in the media. Unfortunately, as many on the internet have pointed out, it's also a premise that handles the actual topic quite poorly, seeing as how loving yourself and gaining confidence is something that really shouldn't require a brain injury to obtain. Not only that, but, as comedian Sofie Hagen pointed out in a series of tweets, the 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" and that, at the end of the day, "Amy Schumer is blonde, white, able-bodied, femme and yes, thin. She IS society's beauty ideal." 

Others expressed a similar sentiment.

Some also brought up that this is disappointing due to the fact that the movie basically frames Schumer, who is "white, upper-class, cis, straight white woman" but still feels "unwanted by society just because she's MAYBE 170 pounds," as the spokesperson for "body positivity" issues, excluding women of color, disabled, and/or gender-nonconforming people. 

That said, as Hagen also pointed out, while it's totally valid for anyone (even Bündchen) to feel unattractive and insecure at times, "that doesn't change the fact that those people will still be treated better by society than someone actually fat, actually not white, actually not femme-passing." Hagen continued on by pointing out that this felt like Hollywood, once again, completely missing the mark when it comes to talking about the body diversity movement. Especially since the shallow, tone-deaf premise comes with the underlying message that Schumer is "considered ugly" by film exec standards and that she's, subsequently, become Hollywood's evidence that they've "fixed" the problem.

That said, Hagen also acknowledged that Schumer, as a woman, is subject to a higher level of scrutiny. However, her casting and helming of this film just serve as further proof that Hollywood has a ton of work to do.

Watch the trailer for yourself, below.



Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.

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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.

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