- The Washington Times - Friday, October 28, 2016

Amy Schumer is defending her music video rendition of Beyonce’s “Formation,” insisting that it was never meant to be a parody of what she called “one of the greatest pieces of art of our time.”

Ms. Schumer faced a wave of backlash in recent days after releasing her video, “Get in Formation,” which showed the comedian and her “Mother/Daughter” costars Goldie Hawn, Joan Cusack and Wanda Sykes twerking and lip-syncing the lyrics to Beyonce’s controversial song.

Critics accused the white comedian of appropriating black culture and making a joke of a song that brought attention to police brutality in America.

“While we were shooting our movie in Hawaii this summer we were all crazy for the album and also for Hillary Clinton,” Ms. Schumer wrote in a blog post Thursday night on Medium. “It was such a powerful time.

“I did not mean to detract any of the meaning from the video,” she continued. “I am of course horrified and sickened by the events that are addressed throughout that video and didn’t see this as minimizing that and still don’t. It was a way to celebrate bringing us all together. To fight for what we all want. And to do it together.

“It got us through this summer,” she wrote. “It was NEVER a parody. It was just us women celebrating each other. The video Beyoncé made was so moving and I wouldn’t ever make fun of that. There is absolutely no way to. I make fun of myself a few times in the video as I do in everything I am a part of. I loved every second of working with those women to make this thing that lifted us up.”

The video streamed for 24 hours exclusively on Tidal, for which Beyonce herself is an exclusive artist and her husband Jay-Z is a stakeholder. Ms. Schumer said she “of course” had the couple’s approval for the video.

“If you watched it and it made you feel anything other than good, please know that was not my intention,” she wrote. “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. 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.”

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