- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Critics are furious over Amy Schumer’s newest parody of Beyonce’s protest song “Formation,” accusing the white comedian of appropriating black culture and making a joke of a song that brought attention to police brutality in America.

Ms. Schumer and co-stars Goldie Hawn, Joan Cusack and Wanda Sykes filmed the video in Hawaii during filming of their newest comedy film, “Mother/Daughter.”

In the parody, called “Get in Formation,” the women gyrate in dirty clothing in a jungle and lip-sync Beyonce’s controversial lyrics.

“It is weird to me that @amyschumer thought a song about the police killing black people was perfect for a parody #AmySchumerGottaGoParty,” one Twitter user wrote.

“There is no possible excuse for @AmySchumer not to know the cultural significance of #Formation for black women. I hope this hurts her career,” another wrote.

“Why this racist, ignorant, white feminist is never held accountable for anything problematic she says is beyond me,” added another.

Ms. Schumer responded to the criticism Monday in an Instagram post.

“You know you that b— when you cause all this conversation,” she wrote. “Thanks for the exclusive release Tidal! We had so much fun making this tribute. All love and women inspiring each other. #strongertogether.”

Despite the backlash, Ms. Schumer’s video was an exclusive on streaming service Tidal, for which Beyonce herself is an exclusive artist and her husband Jay-Z is a stakeholder, The Wrap reported.

On YouTube on Tuesday, the parody had been viewed more than 590,000 times since it was shared Saturday, receiving almost three times more down votes than positive reviews.

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