She's irreverant, outspoken and hilarious and hits the nail on the head in so many ways.
|Photograph by Mario Santor [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons|
Train Wreck was an entertaining movie but not her best vehicle - for outstanding comedy genius you have to see her 'Twelve Angry Men' sketch or 'Her Last F**kable Day' sketch.
She's also best buddies with Jennifer Lawrence, another stellar female figure that I have admired for her outspoken response to Hollywood's stereotypes.
However, my respect was tarnished a little bit this week by her response to Glamour magazine's featuring her in their 'Chic at any Size' issue.
|Glamour Magazine Cover|
As you can see from the cover above, her name is mentioned under the headline 'Women who Inspire Us', alongside Adele, Ashley Graham and Melissa McCarthy.
And indeed, why wouldn't they inspire us?
Adele, a phenomenally talented and successful singer and pretty nice person too it seems.
Melissa McCarthy - an incredibly funny and talented actress, also successful.
Ashley Graham - a hard-working successful model, who has spoken wonderfully about body image and who has also participated in humanitarian missions to South Africa and designed her own lingerie range.
Yet Amy's first response was to dissociate herself from these women. This particular magazine issue is targeted at women of a size larger than the usual magazine models and these women have been described many times in the popular media as 'plus-size'.
Amy was quick to jump in and qualify that her own size is a US 6-8.
'I think there's nothing wrong with being plus size. Plus size is considered size 16 in America. I go between a size 6 and an 8. @glamourmag put me in their plus size only issue without asking or letting me know and it doesn't feel right to me. Young girls seeing my body type thinking that is plus size? What are your thoughts? Mine are not cool glamour not glamourous.'
I don't think that anyone was in danger of seeing Amy as 'plus-size'. It's clear that she is a different size and body shape to the other women, yet her haste to separate herself from them is more reflective of how she views the size issue. Regardless of her claiming to be a proponent of body positive imagery and how we need to move away from describing women in these terms, her reaction left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth.
She is essentially buying into the judgement of women based on size and appearance. Would there ever be a similar magazine issue featuring men? It seems unlikely!
We are so conditioned, as women, to expect to be object rather than subject, that this kind of scrutiny and judgement seems normal to us.
We tear apart and comment on other women's appearance as if it's an ok thing to do. All we are doing is bolstering an unequal perception of women in society - devaluing achievements, personality, qualifications in favour of the latest hairstyle or weight goal.
Cindy Leive, the Editor-in-Chief of Glamour, responded by saying that they had featured Amy as an inspiring voice and positive body image proponent. Having read the tweets, they certainly rang true to me and honestly, I'd be very happy if I was put in the same category as the other women mentioned because regardless of what size they are, they are phenomenal human beings.
It is obviously difficult to be under scrutiny when you are in the spotlight and the media uses appearance as the main focus for representation of women. But by us accepting and being complicit in this, we are allowing the inequality to continue and I feel that the response from Amy could have been a little more graceful.
What do you think? I'd love to hear your opinions!