Amy Schumer will play Barbie in a live-action movie from Sony.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony ordered three separate scripts and has opted for one by Hilary Winston that provides “a contemporary spin on beauty, feminism, and identity.”
Winston’s story reportedly sees Schumer’s Barbie in a land of other Barbies; Schumer’s Barbie is then kicked out of this land and into our world. The project is currently looking for a director, and it’s expected that Schumer will rewrite the script with her sister, Kim Caramele. Sony have likened the live action Barbie movie to the likes of Splash and Big.
The video saw the comedian and actor team up with Goldie Hawn to do a send up on the ‘Lemonade’ video, before viewers and fans accused her of racism and ‘cultural appropriation’.
One wrote: “I refuse to watch white racist Amy Schumer parody a Beyonce song about black femmes standing up to white supremacy.”
Now, Schumer has taken to Medium to respond to the criticism – denying that it was a parody and declaring her love of Queen Beyonce:
“Saying I love Beyoncé’s album Lemonade is a huge understatement. I believe it is one of the greatest pieces of art of our time.
“While we were shooting our movie in Hawaii this summer we were all crazy for the album and also for Hillary Clinton. We would rush back to our televisions or phones to watch a stream of CNN to see the convention and watch Hillary and Michelle and so many extraordinary women speak. All of the women on set were bonded together from this music and from the election simultaneously. It was such a powerful time.
“I love how in the lyrics of “Formation” Beyoncé is telling us to get in formation. And also I like to think she is telling us ladies to get information. I did not mean to detract any of the meaning from the video. I am of course horrified and sickened by the events that are addressed throughout that video and didn’t see this as minimizing that and still don’t. It was a way to celebrate bringing us all together. To fight for what we all want. And to do it together.”