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Amy Schumer responds to backlash over ‘Formation’ parody

Amy Schumer arrives at the GQ Men of

Amy Schumer arrives at the GQ Men of the Year Party at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles on Dec. 3, 2015. She responded on Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, to critics of her video "tribute" to Beyoncé's "Formation." Photo Credit: AP / Jordan Strauss

Amy Schumer responded Monday to critics of her video parody of Beyoncé’s “Formation,” which the comedian released over the weekend to a smattering of social-media outrage for appropriating African-American themes.

“You know you that [expletive] when you cause all this conversation,” the Rockville Centre-reared Schumer, 35, posted on Instagram, quoting a lyric from the song. “Thanks for the exclusive release Tidal!” she went on, referring to the streaming-video service owned by a coalition of artists including both Beyoncé and her music-mogul husband, Jay Z. “We had so much fun making this tribute,” Schumer said. “All love and women inspiring each other. #strongertogether.”

Goldie Hawn on Monday tweeted, “Watch Amy Schumer and I get in FORMATION in Hawaii with Wanda Sykes and Joan Cusack. We had way too much fun!”

By then, however, critics had created the hashtag #AmySchumerGottaGoParty. Among the Twitter critics was Andrea Johnson who wrote, “It is weird to me that Amy Schumer thought a song about the police killing black people was perfect for a parody.” Victoria Weinstein, @peacebang, a Boston-area woman, wrote, “There is no possible excuse for Amy Schumer not to know the cultural significance of #Formation for black women. I hope this hurts her career.” African-American attorney and podcaster Imani Gandy, @AngryBlackLady, tweeted, “Like, what the [expletive] is wrong with Amy Schumer?! She gotta go.”

Titled “Get in Formation,” the video was shot in Hawaii, where Emmy Award-winner Schumer and Oscar-winner Hawn, 70, have finished shooting a mother-daughter comedy. The 2:45 video gives an unglamorous, sweat-stained version of the song, to which the cast lip-syncs. African-American creative director Marcus Russell Price directed.

Beyoncé has not commented on social media, and her spokeswoman was out of the country on a personal matter. Schumer’s spokeswoman referred Newsday to the comic’s Instagram post, which in addition to Schumer’s comments featured a black-and-white glam image by photographer Mark Seliger.

“Formation,” released Feb. 6, contains no explicit anti-police language and is an ode to celebrityhood and female empowerment. The song’s video, however, drew controversy for such images as Beyoncé atop a New Orleans police car slowly sinking, with her, below floodwaters; a line of police with helmets and flak jackets; and graffiti reading, “Stop shooting us.”


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