Amy Schumer Says She Loves Beyonce, And Therefore Is Not Racist
Amy Schumer has taken on a lot of criticism for a parody music video she filmed of Beyoncé’s “Formation” from the singer’s album “Lemonade.”
Fans and critics have gone after the comedian for Schumer’s video that includes a cast of extras made up mostly of women of color, calling it “racist” and “ignorant.”
Schumer offered what she considered an apology on Instagram, saying “You know you that bitch when you cause all this conversation,” quoting Beyoncé’s song in the caption. “We had so much fun making this tribute. All love and women inspiring each other.”
Initial critics didn’t take that to be much of an apology. It caused so much backlash that The Washington Post even published an op-ed analyzing the comedian’s response which made “no attempt to understand why anyone would be upset by her video.”
“If a sizable portion of black women, including prominent feminists, say that the video offends them, does it truly represent ‘all love and women inspiring each other’?” Bethonie Butler asked in the op-ed. Butler also added that the women of color in Schumer’s parody were “used largely as accessories.”
So, Schumer gave it another shot in a response she posted on Medium Thursday night.
“Saying I love Beyoncé’s album ‘Lemonade’ is a huge understatement,” Schumer began. “I believe it is one of the greatest pieces of art of our time.”
“While we were shooting our movie in Hawaii this summer we were all crazy for the album and also for Hillary Clinton,” Schumer continued. “We would rush back to our televisions or phones to watch a stream of CNN to see the convention and watch Hillary and Michelle and so many extraordinary women speak.”
Schumer wrote that “all of the women on set were bonded together from this music and from the election simultaneously,” and called it a powerful time that led to them filming the parody.
“It was a way to celebrate bringing us all together. To fight for what we all want. And to do it together,” the comedian said in defense of the video.
“You have every right to feel however you feel about the video and me but I want you to know I’m not going anywhere,” Schumer wrote. “My mission is to continue to work as hard as I can to empower women and make them laugh and feel better and I won’t let anything stop me.”
Take a look at Schumer’s parody of “Formation” for yourself.