Schumer slammed for Bey­once par­ody

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Amy Schumer is brush­ing off crit­ics who say her par­ody of Bey­once’s “For­ma­tion” video is racially in­sen­si­tive.

The video fea­tures the Tow­son Uni­ver­sity alumna danc­ing to the song along­side Goldie Hawn, Wanda Sykes and Joan Cu­sack. Some Twit­ter users are slam­ming the video on charges of cul­tural ap­pro­pri­a­tion.

Bey­once’s ver­sion of the clip showed the singer sit­ting atop a New Or­leans po­lice car sink­ing in flood­wa­ters. It also in­cludes im­ages of a hooded black child fac­ing po­lice and graf­fiti scrawled on a wall that reads “Stop Shoot­ing Us.”

Schumer’s YouTube video has three times as many neg­a­tive votes as pos­i­tive rec­om­men­da­tions.

One com­menter wrote on the video, “Racist... cul­tur­ally ap­pro­pri­at­ing other peo­ple’s cre­ations... you steal a song specif­i­cally rep­re­sent­ing em­pow­er­ment of marginal­ized black women & mock the song? You are lit­er­ally what’s wrong with so­ci­ety. You should be ashamed of your­self. So dis­gust­ing.” An­other added, “wow. just wow. racist much??” The co­me­dian re­sponded on In­sta­gram, thank­ing stream­ing mu­sic ser­vice Ti­dal for re­leas­ing what she calls a “tribute.” Ti­dal is par­tially owned by Bey­once and her hus­band, Jay Z.

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Co­me­dian Amy Schumer says her par­ody of Bey­once’s “For­ma­tion” video is a “tribute.”

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