Internet trolls present us with an existential dilemma: Do we ignore them, saying without saying that their remarks aren’t worth acknowledging, or do we take them on, knowing full well they feed off of combative (anonymous, cowardly) exchanges?
Amy Schumer has never been one to shy away from a worthwhile argument. Time and again she’s used her rapier wit to slash away at body negativity — she’s taken on sizeism in retail, criticized the use of the admittedly sexist term “plus-size,” and spoken of the challenges of being a curvy woman in Hollywood. Even when the comedian, actress and author is vacationing in Hawaii with her hunky carpenter boyfriend Ben Hanisch, she’s still got time to take down those virtual critics who seem to exist solely to spew hate and then evaporate into the ether.
Yesterday morning, the actress posted a grainy paparazzi photo of herself wading through the Hawaiian surf in a navy blue one-piece. In her caption, she preemptively addressed her haters: “I meant to write ‘good morning trolls!’ I hope you find some joy in your lives today in a human interaction and not just in writing unkind things to a stranger you’ve never met who triggers something in you that makes you feel powerless and alone. This is how I look. I feel happy. I think I look strong and healthy and also like Miss Trunchbull from Matilda. Kisses!” (more…)