Amy Schumer's film "I Feel Pretty" doesn't hit theaters until April 20, but the movie is already facing intense backlash.
People are worried that the movie perpetuates "fat phobia" because it centers on a woman who doesn't feel confident in her body until she sustains a head injury.
Schumer has repeatedly defended her film, noting that she’s read scripts for tons of movies that promote body shaming and "I Feel Pretty" definitely isn’t one of them.
Now her co-star Aidy Bryant is hopping on social media to back her up.
Last week, Bryant posted a photo to promote "I Feel Pretty" — and immediately, her followers expressed their "disappointment."
"#ifeelpretty April 20th!!!" Bryant, who plays Schumer's friend in the film, wrote.
Fans expressed concern that the film is a "huge step backward" for the feminist and body positivity movements.
“I think you’re great @aidybryant, but from the previews I’ve seen of this movie, it’s a HUGE step backwards for the feminist movement, that at this very moment is having a huge identity shift that many of those on the front lines of the work are working against the messages in this film on a daily basis,” one commenter wrote. “I won’t be supporting a movie that continues to perpetuate fat phobia and the notion that for a woman to be confident she needs to look a certain (read: thin, white, rich) way. The previews are extremely problematic and as a fat woman in Hollywood, who has thousands of fat girls who look up to you, I hope you will consider the message this film sends. Thumbs down.”
But Bryant quickly shut down claims that "I Feel Pretty" promotes body shaming.
“Hi!" Bryant quickly replied to her follower. "I hear what you’re saying. I encourage you to see the film. I think you’ll find that’s not the case."
She added that "I Feel Pretty" is actually the type of movie she wishes she could have seen as a teenager.
“I’m very proud to be in a movie tells the story of someone who believes confidence is directly tied to looks but learns that confidence comes from within," Bryant continued. "It’s a movie I wish I could have seen when I was 14. Through my short time in this industry I have been sent all kinds of demeaning scripts where my body is the punchline. I choose my projects carefully with exactly these things in mind. Change cannot happen over night and this movie is a step in the right direction."
Clearly impressed by Bryant's response, Schumer quickly took a screenshot of the conversation and shared it on her own Instagram story.
Schumer and Bryant just want fans to give "I Feel Pretty" a chance and see the film before criticizing it.