Amy Schumer lost weight for Trainwreck so as not to ‘hurt people’s eyes’


Sometimes I read something that just hits me wrong. Maybe I am grumpy from a fitful night’s sleep but this Amy Schumer interview really bugged me. Amy, who was in Europe on her world comedy tour and documenting her bout with food poisoning, appeared on Jonathon Ross’ show to promote both the tour and her book last Saturday. During her interview, Amy was trying to discuss hardship, I guess? Except that she did so in the most unrelatable way imaginable. First she discussed body policing in Hollywood – by admitting she succumbed to it and then she spoke about financial difficulties – by describing how losing her privileged upbringing affected her birthday parties.

In an upcoming episode of the U.K.’s “Jonathan Ross Show,” which airs Saturday on ITV, [Amy Schumer] opens up about being told to lose weight for her movie, “Trainwreck.”

“The only change was that 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,” the 35-year-old said. “I didn’t know that, so I lost some weight to do that, but never again.”

The admission is a little surprising coming from Schumer, who famously accepted Glamour magazine’s Trailblazer of the Year award in 2015, telling the crowd, ““I’m, like, 160 pounds right now, and I can catch a dick whenever I want, and that’s the truth.” However, the fact that she had to lose weight is unfortunately just par for the course in Hollywood and not at all shocking.

During her appearance, Schumer also talked about another painful order ― learning that her family’s finances were wiped out when she was just a kid. The comedian said it wasn’t until her 12th birthday that she realized her family had “fallen on hard times.”

“I could tell most clearly by the quality of my birthday parties because one year we had, in New York, a farm party and there were farm animals. For a New York kid, you’ve got to be rolling in dough and we’re riding ponies, the works,” Schumer joked. “And then the next year my birthday party, after we went bankrupt, [was themed around Lionel Richie’s ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’].”

She added, “My parents just put a light fixture on the floor and my dad put a video camera upside down and we just danced around pretending like we were dancing on the ceiling. Bring your own pizza. It was really dark, my uncle was the clown.”

[From Huffington Post]

I tracked down a clip of her segment so I could see if I over-reacted to these quotes. Although they aren’t as bad when you hear her say them, I feel like she misses the mark about losing weight for Trainwreck. Amy has a history of promoting body positivity when it suits her needs and then slamming anyone who implies she is anything less than the Hollywood ideal. Even in her Ross interview, she ends up sounding like she gave into her own vanity rather than making any kind of statement. Like when she says, “never again,” we really don’t know why – because she hated dieting or because a woman should not be forced to conform to body ideals when she is trying to appeal to the everywoman? And later she sarcastically points out how intimidated she felt about being photographed next to Kate Hudson in a bathing suit. Amy needs to pick a side on body image and stick with it; her flip-flopping is giving me whiplash.

As for the birthday party story, again, it softens the impact to watch it in the clip. Amy admitted to being a rich kid and that it sucked – from a kid’s perspective – to go broke, which I am sure it did. I am, however, totally stealing that Dancing on the Ceiling idea for a party.



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  1. Mousyb says:


  2. lizzie says:

    this is a person’s internal struggle with self acceptance played out real time on a public stage. it turns out the voice in your head that flip flops between hating and loving yourself is really REALLY f*ing annoying when you hear it out loud.

  3. Chaine says:

    So much self-loathing.

    • Michelina says:

      Yeah, I know a lot of people like Amy’s humor, but for me her jokes aren’t really jokes and I feel almost like I’m prying because I believe she genuinely does hate herself. I think this is also why she spazzes out on hecklers now and flips out whenever people basically just repeat her own jokes back to her.

      Also, I find it kind of disheartening that she’s so hell bent on claiming to be a size 6. She clearly is not, unless we’re talking vanity sizing. What’s so wrong with being a 10, which I believe she probably is?

      • shannon says:

        I would say you are correct. My mother is a size 6. She weighs 120 pounds and is 5’4. Amy Schumer is not a size 6.

  4. nicegirl says:

    Dancing on the Ceiling!!! FUN

  5. HH says:

    Did she lose the full 20 lbs for that movie? That’s interesting.Her face looked the same and most of the time, that’s where I can tell with people. She must have a face that holds weight, but I can definitely sympathize with that. My face always looks “full” no matter the weight loss. It can definitely look chubbier, but it never looks slim.

    • mayamae says:

      I have a fuller face, too. I have lost weight to the point people have questioned my health (I was fine – diet and exercise), yet still had a full face and collar bones that don’t protrude. On the other hand, I have very skinny arms and legs.

  6. littlemissnaughty says:

    Honestly, I have no problem with the flip-flopping because isn’t that what most women do? Some days I feel awesome, some days I feel like I gained 20 pounds in 1 day and WHAT IS HAPPENING? My problem is that she made is part of her brand and for the past few months, her brand has been p*ssing me off because she tries to sell me her act (and movie and book) by being relatably self-deprecating. Only she’s not. She hates being called plus-sized (which didn’t even happen) so to all the “plus-sized” (whatever that means) women out there who did in fact relate to her she’s saying “F*ck you, I don’t belong in that group.”

    Ugh. We’ve been over this. I just don’t like her. She did look noticably slimmer in Trainwreck though. And I would’ve rather cut off my toe than say or write anywhere “Oh she gained weight after that movie.” but now she’s pointing me there? Why?

    • mayamae says:

      I agree. It can vary day to day. I’m a 34DD, and if I’m reluctant to wear a snug top because I’m sporting a little muffin top that day, I look twenty pounds heavier. It’s hard because once your breasts reach a certain size, you can be perceived as dressing provocatively by refusing to wear a tent. I will never understand the implant craze. I’d happily settle for a perky B cup.

  7. LookyLoo says:

    Brangelina divorce!!

  8. tw says:

    You know how some people grown on you? Well, she’s the opposite.

  9. Michelina says:

    How did this woman ever become deemed as some sort of feminist icon in our society? I really can’t with her grown up female version of Charlie Brown cripplingly insecure bullshit.

  10. Jade says:

    I dunno, isn’t that how all women feel? Some days we feel good about ourselves and some days we don’t. Why do we expect celebrity women to be immune to what all women feel. I won’t criticize her for being human and certainly not when she is a public figure facing a barrage of negative comments on the daily.

  11. Dolkite says:

    “I’m, like, 160 pounds right now, and I can catch a dick whenever I want…”

    Pure class.

  12. Little Darling says:

    Okay, so she lost the weight. When does she stop talking to be more tolerable?

  13. Dave says:

    Why leave a comment when u only post what u agree with???

  14. Ashley says:

    I have to admit, the birthday party bit cracked me up. I think it’s important to remember that 99.9% of what she says isn’t supposed to be taken seriously. But she really can grate