Amy Schumer wrote a detailed response about the backlash she received on her recent remake of Beyonce’s “Formation” video.
In a statement published Thursday titled Information About My “Formation”, the Schumer says she admires Beyoncé and her latest album, which Schumer considers “one of the greatest pieces of art of our time.” Schumer was intended not as satire but as a celebration of female strength and solidarity.
“It was NEVER a parody,” Schumer writes. “It was just us women celebrating each other. The video Beyoncé made was so moving and I wouldn’t ever make fun of that.”
In an earlier response to the backlash Schumer posted a Lemonade lyric to Instagram: “You know you that b‑‑‑‑ when you cause all this conversation.”
In her Medium post Schumer confirms that she had Beyoncé’s approval for the video. “I did not mean to detract any of the meaning from the [Lemonade] video,” she writes. “I am of course horrified and sickened by the events that are addressed throughout that video and didn’t see this as minimizing that and still don’t. It was a way to celebrate bringing us all together. To fight for what we all want. And to do it together.”
“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.”
Schumer also reminded people she’s not going anywhere.