Amy Schumer Defended Her ‘Formation’ Video After Major Backlash

Amy Schumer got a ton of backlash for her latest parody video, where she paired up with Goldie Hawn and danced to Beyonce‘s “Formation” while covered in mud in the woods. It was… interesting, to say the least. She was immediately slammed for ignoring the original video’s deeper message, which many interpreted as a celebratory song of black culture and women.


Yeah. Schumer has clearly been keeping tabs on the people hating on her and even referenced the talk in a recent Instagram post. Wearing nothing but a pair of white undies, Schumer is seen laying down on a lounge chair and referencing the epic Beyonce song in the post’s caption.

“You know you that bitch when you cause all this conversation,” she wrote. “Thanks for the exclusive release Tidal! We had so much fun making this tribute. All love and women inspiring each other. #strongertogether”

Unfortunately for Schumer, that didn’t stop people from talking, but maybe her most recent explanation will. In an attempt to stop the mayhem, the 35-year-old comedienne defended her video in a lengthy essay posted on Medium. To start out, she clarifies that she absolutely loves Lemonade and “[believes] it is one of the greatest pieces of art of our our time.” She also explained that the video was never made out to be a parody, but instead was “a way to celebrate bringing us all together. To fight for what we all want. And to do it together.”

From Medium,

“Lemonade” brought us all together. We listened to the album and danced every day, always making everyone feel better no matter what we were going through. We were so into it that we learned the dance to “Formation.” It got us through this summer. …

It was NEVER a parody. It was just 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.”

Eventually she offered up some sort of apology, saying that it people interpreted the video in any other way, it was not her intention. “The movie we made is fun and the women in it are strong and want to help each other,” she wrote. “That’s what it was about for me.” She also said that she got Jay-Z and Beyonce’s approval before the video’s release.

What do you think about her explanation? Do you think the video is offensive or do you see where she’s coming from? Sound off in the comments below.

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