Amy Schumer caused a stir this week when she released a parody of (or perhaps tribute to) Beyonce‘s “Formation” online (watch it above). The clip was shot in Hawaii, where Schumer filmed a mother-daughter comedy with Goldie Hawn called, well, “Mother/Daughter.” Hawn also makes an appearance in the video along with Wanda Sykes and Joan Cusack. But the video has been criticized for being racially insensitive.
This isn’t the first time the Emmy-winning comedian has been called out for having a racial blind spot. In 2015 Monica Heisey of The Guardian took issue with questionable jokes about race, writing that “Schumer’s stand-up repeatedly delves into racial territory tactlessly and with no apparent larger point.” Now Schumer is under fire from the BeyHive, currently some of the most passionate fans in the world.
Schumer’s first response to the backlash was to quote “Formation,” saying in an Instagram post, “You know you that bitch when you cause all this conversation.” She followed that up with a less defiant Instagram video in which she says, “I’m grateful to be alive right now. I hope you have a good night, too” (watch below).
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