Amy Schumer's "Tribute" To Beyonce Is Getting Slammed For Racism
So... is this a tribute or a parody?
Amy Schumer's humor and bluntness sometimes gets a laugh, and sometimes, it offends. Yesterday, she released her very own version of Beyonce's "Formation," featuring Goldie Hawn, Wanda Sykes, and Joan Cusack. The original video details the plight in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and references police brutality primarily against African-Americans.
Schumer's video, in contrast, showcases primarily white women (covered in dirt), dancing Bey's choreography, recreating some of her most iconic scenes. This is fairly problematic when you understand that Beyonce's video is directly focused on empowering a group of marginalized and often misrepresented women. It begs the question: what exactly are you parodying here?
Amy's video has received double the amount of negative reviews than positive ones on YouTube, and the #BeyHive hasn't stopped raging. Here's what the Interwebs has to say about it:
"I just don't get the concept of the video. Like is it suppose to be random nonsense or is there a theme?" wrote one Youtube commenter. "You don't get to use a Beyonce song when you white "feminist" demonstrate sectional feminism and only look out for yourselves," wrote another. "She couldn't be more ignorant, this is what Beyoncé is singing AGAINST," wrote a third.
But, here's the plot twist! The video premiered on Tidal, which is partially owned by Beyonce and Jay Z. So, did they not watch it beforehand or is everyone else being too sensitive?
What's not clear is whether it's a tribute or a parody. It definitely looks and feels like a parody, but when Schumer took to Instagram to address the criticism, she refered to it as the latter. "You know you that bitch when you cause all this conversation," she captioned. "Thanks for the exclusive release Tidal! We had so much fun making this tribute. All love and women inspiring each other. #strongertogether"
Sorry, Schum-- looks and sounds like a classic #problematicwhitefeminist move to me! But you be the judge. Watch below.
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