Amy Schumer Apologizes For Her “Formation” Remake, Says It Was Never A Parody

November 2, 2016  |  

Last week, we wrote about the debacle that was Amy Schumer’s tribute to Beyoncé’s “Formation.” At the time we were calling it a parody because that’s what it was being called on the internet. Still, it didn’t meet the criteria of what a parody should be. So I wasn’t surprised when I read headlines saying that Schumer herself said it wasn’t a parody. But I stopped there. I didn’t need to read much more.

If I had continued reading, I would have learned that Schumer offered an apology to those who were offended by her take on “Formation.”

She released it on Medium in a piece called “Information About My ‘Formation’”

Check it out the highlights below.

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 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.

I love how in the lyrics of “Formation” Beyoncé is telling us to get in formation. And also I like to think she is telling us ladies to get information. 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 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.

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. I make fun of myself a few times in the video as I do in everything I am a part of. I loved every second of working with those women to make this thing that lifted us up.

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.

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

You can read the apology in its entirety, over at Medium.

What do you think of Schumer’s statement and apology? Does it change your initial perception of the tribute video?

Veronica Wells is the culture editor at She is also the author of “Bettah Days.” You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter @VDubShrug.

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