Amy Schumer Defends Her "Formation" Video in New Essay
Published Oct 28, 2016After releasing a reinterpretation of Beyoncé's powerful anti-police brutality video "Formation" last week, Amy Schumer came under fire for trivializing the original piece, but brushed off the criticism by keeping quiet.
Now, she's published an essay titled Information About My "Formation" on Medium, in which she defends her decision to release the video.
She starts off by professing her love for Beyoncé's original video and the Lemonade visual album as a whole, then states that she "did not mean to detract any of the meaning from the video."
"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," Schumer writes. "It was a way to celebrate bringing us all together. To fight for what we all want. And to do it together."
She also clarifies that her own "Formation" video was never intended as a parody, but rather a video of "women celebrating each other."
"The video Beyoncé made was so moving and I wouldn't ever make fun of that," she continues. "There is absolutely no way to."
She also kind of apologizes for the offence her version caused, and confirms that the video had the approval of Beyoncé and Jay Z.
"If you watched it and it made you feel anything other than good, please know that was not my intention," she writes. "The movie we made is fun and the women in it are strong and want to help each other. That's what it was about for me. Of course I had Beyoncé and Jay Z's approval. They released it on Tidal exclusively for the first 24 hours."
Schumer ends the essay encouraging readers to feel however they want about the work she releases, but insists she isn't going away any time soon. "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."