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Internet trolling is alive and well, but one up-and-coming actress, comedian and screenwriter refuses to let the nasty comments bring her down. Amy Schumer took an empowering stance against a critic's recent attack on her weight and appearance.
Following the release of the trailer for "Trainwreck," Jeffrey Wells of the site Hollywood Elsewhere wrote: “Director Judd Apatow is once again introducing a chubby, whipsmart, not conventionally attractive, neurotically bothered female comic to a mass audience — first Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids (’11), then Lena Dunham in HBO’s Girls (’12) and now Amy Schumer, the star and writer of Trainwreck as well as the star of Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer. She’s obviously sharp and clever and funny as far as the woe-is-me, self-deprecating thing goes, but there’s no way she’d be an object of heated romantic interest in the real world.”
Which begs the question, what "real world" does the author live in?
Wells then went on to compare Schumer's looks to those of another young, female comedian Jenny Slate. Apparently, his review was more on female attractiveness than of movies.
Schumer released the following retort on Feb. 14 via USA Today. “I didn't read the thing. I think this is probably a good thing. I like that he was the only one that said anything,” she said. “It was such an example of sort of the reason for trolling. It seems like a rewarding experience for people who do that stuff. From the bottom of my heart — I could not care less.” Though unfazed, Schumer took to both Twitter and Instagram to share her hilarious responses.
"Hollywood here I come #pretty enough"
"Loving your feedback on my appearance. Am I ok now?"
Wells posted a (sort of) apology on February 13th titled Sorrow Uncorks Everything. “She’s a first-class talent and deserves more respect than what I gave her. I know I’m not thinking wrong but I’m probably saying it wrong from time to time,” he wrote. "I wasn't incorrect in saying that social attractiveness standards have changed over the past decade or so, largely due to the creations of one Judd Apatow and those who've climbed aboard his ferry boat."
No apology has been made as of publish time to Lena Dunham or Melissa McCarthy, who were both mentioned in the original article.