Amy Schumer Shrugs Off Claims of Cultural Appropriation over Beyoncé Parody

BY Sarah MurphyPublished Oct 25, 2016

Amy Schumer dropped a parody of Beyoncé's "Formation" video last week, but the comedian has since come under fire for cultural appropriation.
The original video sees Beyoncé making a powerful statement celebrating black culture and condemning cops with shots of a sinking New Orleans police car and a young child in a hood standing before graffiti that reads: "Stop shooting us."
Schumer's version, by contrast, features her, Goldie Hawn, Wanda Sykes and Joan Cusack jokingly dancing around.

You can see a few negative reactions from across social media below.
  Schumer has since taken to Instagram to thank Tidal for streaming the clip, followed by an uncharacteristically serious video that finds her expressing gratitude for her success in general.



A video posted by @amyschumer on

Presumably, Schumer's clip got the okay from Bey herself, as it premiered as a Tidal exclusive — the streaming service that Beyoncé and her husband Jay Z both partially own.
Watch both versions of "Formation" down below.


Latest Coverage