Amy Schumer is catching plenty of flak for a parody video of Beyonce’s “Formation”, the Huffington Post is reporting. The video, which was shot in Hawaii, features Schumer’s new comedy movie co-stars Goldie Hawn, Wanda Sykes and Joan Cusack.
The clip was blasted by African Americans and social media users who felt the 35-year-old was poking fun at black culture. The parody video, which premiered Friday on Tidal, saw Schumer tweeting the video under the caption, “Ok ladies watch us get in formation.” Tidal is a streaming service company owned by Beyonce’s rapper husband Jay-Z. Beyonce is also an exclusive artist on Tidal.
The video, which at the time of this report has racked up more than 400,000 views, was initially hailed for its lighthearted approach. Schumer and 70-year-old Hawn play daughter and mother in the movie. The movie marks the legendary actress’s return to the silver screen after a 15-year absence. Her last movie was The Banger Sisters in 2002.
The Death Becomes Her star, who has been together with Kurt Russell for over 33 years, was coaxed out of retirement by Amy to star in the comedy, which she also co-wrote. The video was meant to build some buzz for the upcoming movie. However, as the video got traction it also began to attract plenty of criticism from women, especially on Twitter who saw it as very disrespectful to the black population.
Writer and activist Feminista Jones was the first to call out both actresses, accusing them of parodying a song that aligned with the Black Lives Matter movement and woman empowerment. Jones started the #AmySchumerGottaGoParty, which began trending Saturday with many people who had not seen the video reacting to the hashtag.
Finally, I'm so tired of her. She's literally a packet of mayonnaise in human form #AmySchumerGottaGoParty— // Venny // (@DarthVenn) October 24, 2016
Amy Schumer is a talentless joke thief. She;s made her career off of stealing from other people. #amyschumergottagoparty— Kevin Nielsen (@Kevin_Nielsen) October 24, 2016
Am I the only one who never found her funny from the beginning #AmySchumerGottaGoParty— ????Leah???? (@Zaynmyaesthetic) October 24, 2016
Representatives for the comedian were unavailable to comment, but Schumer, who was named in 2015 as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people took out time, to respond to the criticisms of Instagram and also point out who she would be voting for in the November elections.
“You know you that b***h when you cause all this conversation. Thanks for the exclusive release Tidal! We had so much fun making this tribute. All love and women inspiring each other #strongertogether.”
This is not the first time that Amy Schumer will be accused of being racist. In 2015, the 35-year-old host of the MTV Movie Awards joked that Latina women are “crazy”. In another routine, she has said that “nothing works 100 percent of the time, except Mexicans.” In another line, she inferred that Hispanic men were rapists, joking that “I used to date Hispanic guys, but now I prefer consensual.”
In the avalanche of condemnation that followed, Amy described herself as an “irreverent idiot” who could say the “dumbest things possible,” adding that people needed to loosen up and see her racist jibes as jokes, nothing more.
“Playing with race is a thing we are not supposed to, which is what makes it so much fun for comics. You can call it a ‘blind spot for racism or lazy’ but you are wrong. It is a joke and it is funny. I know because people laugh at it.”
When actress Lena Dunham called football star Odell Beckham Jr out for ignoring her at a Met Gala and hinging it on the assumption he did not see her sexually attractive, Twitter user Paulo L dos Santo had responded that misogyny was prevalent among men and not just black men. Schumer in a tweet had implied that black men were more likely to catcall or harass women.
“How would you know? Statistically who is hollerin’ at you in the street more, pa?”
The five time PrimeTime Emmy Awards nominee had realized the racist implications of her tweet after getting only 2 likes and one retweet and quickly deleted it.
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