Thursday, April 7, 2016

Amy Schumer Wants You To Know She's Not Fat

I saw yesterday how Amy Schumer apparently got upset, at least on the surface, when Glamour magazine published a special advertorial issue focusing on plus-sized women that happened to include her in a section labeled "Women Who Inspire Us". (Lane Bryant unmistakably sponsored it.) Schumer quickly went out of her way to say in a tweet that she thinks there's nothing wrong with being plus-sized:
 Yet, "it doesn't feel right to me" that she's in a magazine special issue aimed at plus-sized women — i.e., overweight ones. As The Onion's AV Club notes, the magazine never specifically labeled Schumer as "plus-sized":
For its part, Glamour denies that it meant to lump Schumer in under the “plus-size” distinction, telling People:
The cover line on this special edition—which is aimed at women size 12 and up—simply says “Women Who Inspire Us,” since we believe her passionate and vocal message of body positivity IS inspiring, as is the message of the many other women, of all sizes, featured. The edition did not describe her as plus-size. We are sorry if we offended her in any way.
Indeed, inside the magazine are pieces about a number of curvy but not technically plus-sized women, including Christina Hendricks, Meghan Trainor, Kelly Osbourne, and Lena Dunham. (It is worth noting that every single piece of advertising in the special edition is paid for by plus-size retailer Lane Bryant, who must have forked over a ton of money to Conde Nast in order for this thing to even exist.)
So really, her objection appears to have been even seen near fat girls. For all the "you go, girl!" chanting on Twitter and elsewhere, Schumer's strange, mean-girls response gets almost no airplay.

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