Amy Schumer insists Beyoncé and Jay Z approved her ‘Formation’ parody.
The 35-year-old comedian and co-star Goldie Hawn caused controversy when a video appeared on Tidal of them singing and dancing along to Beyoncé’s ‘Formation’ in a jungle and Amy insists she never intended for it to be a parody but sees it as a “celebration of women”.
Insisting that Jay Z and Beyoncé were supportive, she wrote on Medium: “If you watched it and it made you feel anything other than good, please know that was not my intention. 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. Of course I had Beyoncé and Jay Z’s approval. They released it on Tidal exclusively for the first 24 hours.
“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.”
Beyoncé and Jay Z are co-owners of Tidal, along with a number of other high-profile celebrities.
Beyoncé’s ‘Formation’ video addresses police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement and Amy was slammed for her ‘Get in Formation’ video, which sees her copy Beyonce’s dance moves, along with Goldie, Joan Cusack, Wanda Sykes and Raven Goodwin.
She added: “I did not mean to detract any of the meaning from the video. I am of course horrified and sickened by the events that are addressed throughout that video and didn’t see this as minimising that and still don’t.”