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Amy Schumer: My Version of Beyonce’s ‘Formation’ Video ‘Was Never a Parody’

She’s not going anywhere. Amy Schumer penned a note on Thursday, October 27, to all those people who tweeted the hashtag #AmySchumerGottaGoParty in anger over her take on Beyoncé‘s “Formation” video.

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Explaining that the singer’s Lemonade album brought her cast and crew together as they filmed Mother/Daughter earlier this year, Schumer, 35, wrote in a post on Medium that “while we were shooting our movie in Hawaii this summer we were all crazy for the album and also for Hillary Clinton. We would rush back to our televisions or phones to watch a stream of CNN to see the convention and watch Hillary and Michelle [Obama] and so many extraordinary women speak. All of the women on set were bonded together from this music and from the election simultaneously. It was such a powerful time.”

Amy Schumer defends Beyonce 'Formation' video
Amy Schumer arrives for GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2016 at Tate Modern on September 6, 2016 in London.

She insisted that she did not mean to detract from the meaning of Queen Bey’s “Formation” video, which references Hurricane Katrina, police brutality and racism.

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Schumer’s video features her and costars Goldie Hawn, Wanda Sykes, Joan CusackRaven Goodwin and several crew members and writers dancing and writhing around in a variety of ensembles and locations. But some social-media commenters felt the clip was inappropriate and racist, given the subject matter of Beyoncé’s song and video.

Amy Schumer (left) and Goldie Hawn

“[I] didn’t see this as minimizing that and still don’t,” the Inside Amy Schumer star wrote. “It was a way to celebrate bringing us all together. To fight for what we all want. And to do it together.”

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“It was NEVER a parody. It was just us women celebrating each other. The video Beyoncé made was so moving and I wouldn’t ever make fun of that. There is absolutely no way to,” Schumer continued, pointing out that she had Beyoncé and Jay Z‘s approval for the video, and the music titans released Schumer’s video on Tidal exclusively for the first 24 hours on October 21.

“If you watched it and it made you feel anything other than good, please know that was not my intention,” the comedian added. “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.”

In conclusion, she wrote, “You have every right to feel however you feel about the video and me but I want you to know I’m not going anywhere. Use whatever hashtag you like. 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. #strongertogether #alllove”

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