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Amy Schumer Was Forced to Lose Weight for ‘Trainwreck’

*sigh* And so the body-shaming of Amy Schumer continues. During her recent appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show, a U.K.-based talk show, Schumer discussed how body and weight-shaming played a role in her blockbuster hit, Trainwreck.

“It was explained to me before I did that movie, Trainwreck, that if you weigh over 140 pounds as a woman in Hollywood, if you’re on the screen it will hurt people’s eyes.”

Schumer, who’s currently on a press tour to promote her new book, The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo, revealed that she gave in to the pressure and actively lost weight for the role. “I didn’t know that so I lost some weight to do that but never again,” she said.

Seeing as Schumer is actually smaller than the average American woman, we can’t imagine the hurtful and sexist comments made toward actual plus-size actresses in the industry. 

While we hate that body-shaming is still a thing in 2016, we’re glad that there are vocal celebs like Schumer to advocate against it. Other public figures, like Demi Lovato, Zendaya, Beyoncé, Chelsea Handler, Leslie Jones, and Melissa McCarthy, also support body positivity for people of all shapes and sizes. We can only hope that, with enough public support from celebrities like Schumer, the entertainment industry will soon evolve to match the needs and standards of our time. 

Savanna Tavakoli is a 21-year-old journalism student at Boston University. Savanna plans to use journalism as a platform for educating the public about everything from current political issues to which celebrities just tied the knot. Her interests include pop culture, female empowerment, advocating for gender and sexual equality, red lipstick, m&m cookies, and binge-watching Netflix in her free time.
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