Massachusetts swimwear designer, Dana Duggan, does not believe Amy Schumer should wear a bathing suit.
Duggan expressed this opinion on InStyle Magazine’s Instagram account after the posted a picture of Schumer wearing a swimsuit on the May cover for their beauty issue.
In her comment, which was posted under her company’s name, South Shore Swimwear, she said, “You could not find anyone better for this cover? Not everyone should be in a swimsuit”.
Duggan’s comment was later met with backlash from people defending Schumer, with one commenter telling Duggan that, “swimwear is not just for women who are a size 2! She is a real woman with a real body. Bravo to @instylemagazine for showcasing her. She looks beautiful” and another saying she ‘feels sorry for people who don’t like the cover and for the people who feel body shamed and judged’ as a result of Duggan’s comments.
This backlash, however, did not make Duggan back down, as she further commented that her original criticism falls under “freedom of speech” and Schumer looks “like a pig”.
The Huffington Post, who also posted an article on this topic, reached out to Duggan for further comment, and told them that she “stood by her words” and that “The Huffington Post is the biggest piece of crap publication out there”.
Further in her comments to The Huffington Post, Duggan added, “I appreciate the free press. It’s called Freedom of Speech. I can have my opinion and you can have yours,
“I’m tired of the media and publications trying to push the FAT agenda. It’s not healthy and it’s not pretty. What is wrong with featuring healthy and fit cover models?”
While it seems Duggan will never back down from her comments, it is clear that people are on Amy Schumer’s side, as another commenter, @Kristinbarnett9, seems to have summed up the situation nicely by saying,
“You are entitled to your opinion, I never said you weren’t, but that doesn’t mean you are right!
““Some people just don’t belong in a swimsuit???” I guess when I say I feel sorry for you”, she continued, “I also mean I feel sorry for you having some person or event in your life that made you think your self-worth is based on your size, and if you aren’t perfect that you should hide or not participate in everyday events,
“We have the freedom of speech in America, true, but I don’t think our forefathers realized they needed an asterisk adding *even though you can speak freely, that doesn’t always mean you should. Doing so could result in you looking like a shallow idiot”.