It’s Amy Schumer vs. the internet all over again. The comedian released a viral “Formation” tribute video late last week on Tidal, but some fans weren’t too appreciative of Schumer’s spin on the iconic Beyonce music video. Twitter users created the hashtag #AmySchumerGottaGoParty to address the video, citing it was offensive and racially insensitive. Schumer has now weighed in on the controversy, saying that it was never her intention to create a “parody” and that the video was uploaded on Tidal, meaning it had the approval of Jay-Z and Beyonce.
“You have every right to feel however you feel about the video and me, (but it) was NEVER a parody,” Shumer said in a statement. “It was just us women celebrating each other. The video Beyoncé made was so moving and I wouldn’t ever make fun of that.”
Schumer made the video over the summer while during the production of her new jungle comedy, which co-stars Goldie Hawn. The clip finds the actresses joined by the likes of Joan Cusack and Wanda Sykes and dancing to Beyonce’s hit song. “All of the women on set were bonded together from this music and from the election simultaneously. It was such a powerful time,” Schumer said of filming the video.
“If you watched it and it made you feel anything other than good, please know that was not my intention,” she concluded. “The movie we made is fun and the women in it are strong and want to help each other…Use whatever hashtag you like. 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. #strongertogether #alllove.”