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Amy Schumer Responds to Beyonce ‘Formation’ Video Backlash: ‘It Was Never a Parody’

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Amy Schumer published an article on Medium on Thursday night titled “Information About My ‘Formation'” in response to backlash surrounding her recreation of Beyonce’s “Formation” music video.

The video, first launched on Tidal, was shot while filming Schumer’s untitled mother-daughter action comedy with Goldie Hawn. It features the film’s actresses dancing and lip syncing to the “Lemonade” track in a jungle/safari setting. Schumer faced criticism for cultural appropriation and mocking the original video’s themes of police violence and racial identity.

In her response, Schumer states that she considers Beyonce’s album “Lemonade,” “one of the greatest pieces of art of our time.” She also explains that the album was important to the cast during the filming process, and they created the video as an act of celebration.

“I did not mean to detract any of the meaning from the video,” she wrote. “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 NEVER a parody,” she added. “I make fun of myself a few times in the video as I do in everything I am a part of.”

Schumer confirmed that she had Beyonce’s approval before posting the video and vowed “I’m not going anywhere.”

In August, Schumer became wrapped up in another saga of complicated apologies when she was questioned for staying silent, then trying to distance herself from one of her writers, Kurt Metzger’s, comments about rape culture.