Amy Schumer came under fire this week after recreating and releasing a “Formation” visual alongside Joan Cusack, Raven Goodwin, Goldie Hawn and Wanda Sykes. But despite all the backlash, Schumer stands by her Tidal-approved clip and is unapologetic.
While on the set of the group’s upcoming movie, filmed in Hawaii, the clan decided to recreate Bey’s “Formation” video, but folks thought it was “incentive,” “racist” and “ignorant” given the politically charged message behind it.
Schumer addressed the controversy earlier this week on Instagram, writing: “You know you that bitch when you cause all this conversation. Thanks for the exclusive release Tidal! We had so much fun making this tribute. All love and women inspiring each other. #strongertogether.”
While Amy probably thought her short message would silence the storm, it only stirred up more wind and rain. Amy failed to apologize for offending anyone and that became a bigger problem — so she further addressed the backlash in a piece written on Medium.
Amy first started by revealing that Beyonce’s album Lemonade is “one of the greatest pieces of art of our time.”
She continued, “I love how in the lyrics of ‘Formation’ Beyoncé is telling us to get in formation. And also I like to think she is telling us ladies to get information. I did not mean to detract any of the meaning from the video. I am of course horrified and sickened by the events that are addressed throughout that video and didn’t see this as minimizing that and still don’t. It was a way to celebrate bringing us all together. To fight for what we all want. And to do it together.”
Per the comedian, the clip was never a “parody, rather us women celebrating each other. The video Beyoncé made was so moving and I wouldn’t ever make fun of that. There is absolutely no way to. I make fun of myself a few times in the video as I do in everything I am a part of. I loved every second of working with those women to make this thing that lifted us up.”
Schumer still never used the word “apologize;” she did, however, write: “If you watched it and it made you feel anything other than good, please know that was not my intention. The movie we made is fun and the women in it are strong and want to help each other. That’s what it was about for me. Of course I had Beyoncé and Jay Z’s approval. They released it on Tidal exclusively for the first 24 hours.”
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