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Amy Schumer Lands in Hot Water After Beyonce Parody Video

Amy Schumer is being accused of culture appropriation and disrespecting Beyonce, pop’s reigning queen.

Schumer, along with friends Wanda Sykes, Joan Cusack and Goldie Hawn, made a parody video of Beyonce’s recent single, “Formation,” a song that takes a provocative look at police brutality against African-Americans and includes references to the Black Panthers and Hurricane Katrina.

Laid over with the lyrics from the original tune, the video shows Schumer and company badly performing hip hop dance moves like twerking, and posing in a variety of outfits including sun dresses and police vests.

Some critics responded to the video by accusing Schumer — who appears in the video with a mostly white crowd — of culturally appropriation and detracting from the message of “Formation.”

“Like, wtf is wrong with Amy Schumer?! She gotta go. #AmySchumerGottaGoParty,” wrote Imani Gandy, a legal analyst and blogger, on Twitter, using the hashtag some have employed for this controversy.


Schumer has been accused of racial insensitivity in the past, once after posting a Tweet she later deleted that suggested black men are more likely to commit sexual harassment than others.

She responded by insisting the video was a “tribute” to Beyonce’s original, and then said in an Instagram video, “I’m grateful. I’m grateful for all of this shit.”

Contact Daniel J. Solomon at solomon@forward.com or on Twitter @DanielJSolomon

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