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Amy Schumer criticized after releasing ‘racist’ parody of Beyoncé’s ‘Formation’ on Tidal

By WITW Staff on October 25, 2016

Amy Schumer is facing criticism online for posting a parody video in which she and Goldie Hawn lip-sync Beyoncé’s “Formation” while performing exaggerated dance moves. Comedian Wanda Sykes and actress Joan Cusack also appear in the video.

The parody, which at times take place in the jungle, was apparently filmed on the set of upcoming film Mother/Daughter. Twitter users, using the hashtag #AmySchumerGottaGoParty, have condemned the parody as racist, questioning why the comedian chose to appropriate a song widely considered to be about black empowerment. Adding to the confusion was the fact that the video was released on music streaming Tidal, which is owned by Beyoncé’s husband Jay Z.

In a post to Instagram, Schumer appeared to acknowledge the criticism but did not apologize, characterizing the video as a “tribute” rather than a parody. “You know you that b*tch when you cause all this conversation,” wrote Schumer, alongside a picture of herself lying topless on a bed. “Thanks for the exclusive release Tidal! We had so much fun making this tribute. All love and women inspiring each other. #strongertogether.”


Watch the video below.

Read the full story at The Telegraph.


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