True story, when I saw these Amy Schumer headlines yesterday, my first thought was “of course she’s doing something racist, when isn’t she?” Amy Schumer is problematic AF. It feels like every other month, there’s some new controversy involving Amy and racism, sizeism, feminism and more. Much like Lena Dunham three years ago, it’s just Amy’s brand at this point. She thrives on the controversy, despite whatever bullsh-t she tries to say in interviews.
So what’s the problem this week? Amy Schumer decided to do a “skit” which exclusively streamed on Tidal. The “skit” was Amy and Goldie Hawn nonsensically “spoofing” Beyonce’s “Formation” video. The thing about Bey’s “Formation” video is that it was A) awesome and B) specifically about a black woman singing about issues within the black community, like police violence, Hurricane Katrina, black pride and black power. “Formation” was one part of Lemonade, which has been called Beyonce’s most political album ever and her “blackest” album, as in this is the album where Bey moved from pop music to straight-up racial, feminist and political commentary. So of course, Amy Schumer thought this music and this conversation was ripe for parody. Here you go – just FYI: I had to stop this several times just to give myself a break and I completely stopped watching it around the 1:30 mark.
Problematic AF. I don’t even understand the point of this. Like, if the point is to mock the very idea that Beyonce is a black artist unapologetically singing about her experience as a black woman? Amy’s racist, culturally appropriated message is just sort of convoluted and half-assed. She does include some women of color… and of course they’re used as visual punchlines and props.
So Twitter started the #AmySchumerGottaGoParty only it seems to be a mixed bag of people genuinely offended by this terrible video and people offended that Amy is a liberal-progressive woman who is unapologetically political. I don’t give a sh-t if I share the same political views as Amy on more issues: she’s still a racist a—hole. And the fact that her problematic relationship with race is glossed over because she carries around this veneer of liberalism is also a huge problem. Please read Feminista Jones’ Twitter feed for more thoughts, she’s making a much more coherent argument.
Amy responded to the online outrage with an Instagram. She wrote: “You know you that bitch when you cause all this conversation. Thanks for the exclusive release Tidal! We had so much fun making this tribute. All love and women inspiring each other. #strongertogether” Now I feel sort of sick for even giving her what she wanted: attention.
Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.
I’m gonna get lynched, but I allow parody on every topic, even Beyonce’s Formation. OK, I think this one is badly done, but that’s a different issue.
I allow everyone everything, especially if it means they dig their own hole so I don’t have to bother.
Vis a vis parody/satire: I enjoy what punches up and dislike what punches down. Here, you could make a tenuous argument that Schumer is punching DOWN in parodying Beyonce, who is more successful, richer and more beloved than she is. But the stronger argument surely is Kaiser’s – it’s punching UP because it is trivialising a work of art about the experience of black women: a marginalised group in the US. Thus, while Schumer can do what she likes, I’m not laughing.
I understand why some people find it problematic, I’m just saying that I don’t want to draw a line when it comes to comedy. There are topics that trivialize my own terrible experiences with the world, and I still tend to laugh at it if it’s good and at least allow it if it’s bad.
The “where we should draw the line” debate in comedy is not a simple one, especially because the two sides shout at each other but do not hear each other out.
I agree. I don’t think white people should be using comedy to describe the experiences of a marginalized group. Parody or satire about serious subjects such as racism should be left to those that have experienced it firsthand.
Just because she CAN do it, doesn’t mean she SHOULD do it.
Exactly. The best thing about satire is it pokes fun at those who hold the power or privilege advantage. It comes in an entirely different flavour when it’s used by a privileged group to further marginalise a marginalised group.
(Bonzo: slightly apropos to this topic – look out on your iPlayer email for the BBC’s upcoming black British season. There’s some great stuff programmed in there.)
I’m kinda with both of you, Crox and Sixer. First, comedy shouldn’t have limits but comedians of this calibre (or fame) should know the rule of, as Sixer put it, punching up vs. down. When they don’t, it becomes gross and – the worst offense in my book – unfunny. This is not funny because I have no idea what the point is. It’s not satire. If it’s a parody, I don’t see what I’m supposed to do with it. Which part of Formation is she making fun of? The entire message? The dancing? I don’t get it. In general, a succesful white woman should think twice about creating a parody of a black female artist’s very personal and political statement on the black experience and black female empowerment. I mean good GOD, Schumer! Was there nobody who told her to shove it? And what is Wanda Sykes doing???
Sixer, I’ll keep an eye out for it. Have you been watching The Fall? The storyline has DRAGGED this season. Four episodes in and there really hasn’t been anything keeping me on the edge of my seat. What a marked change from the first season.
I think they are making the most of Jamie’s wooden acting skills! I’m sticking with it cos I want to know how it all ends but it is turning out to be a bit of drag.
Bonzo and Sixer, I’m with you. If it’s okay for white women to spoof a black woman’s artistic representation of racism and the pain it causes, then by that standard, would it be perfectly okay for a male artist to make a spoof of battered women? I think not. I don’t believe in government censorship, but I do believe in self-censorship. Unfortunately, Amy Schumer seems to be lacking in that department. She will go for attention at all costs, no matter who is being hurt.
Exactly. I’m not in the business of telling people what they can or can’t make a comedy out of. But if I don’t find it funny, I don’t find it funny. That’s not censorship. That’s my reaction to your work and I’m entitled to it, and I’m entitled to explain why I didn’t find it funny.
I don’t like the thought of any higher individual or institution setting the “rules” for what’s acceptable comedy, but the audience themselves will definitely do that for themselves, regardless of whether the creator likes it or not. That’s just how it goes.
Crox, you should rethink using the word “lynched.”
Why? The word is now used for events world-wide (here where I live, too) and it is also often used as a form of exaggeration in debates (I have used it on CB in this context often and nobody before seemed troubled by it). This word (unlike some others) actually freed itself from historical context and enriched the English language. This is how I feel about it anyway.
Nope. Essentially considering you’re commenting on a parody of a video that references POC being murdered by the police.
That word is not “free.” I’m genuinely stunned by your response.
This is privilege; being able to ignore that word’s violent and intensely personal history to POC, and to attempt to diffuse it’s meaning. The original content is an American music video made by POC. The word “lynch” has an extremely well-defined and horrifying meaning and context in America. Your choice in using that word was inappropriate.
Well, we’ll have to agree to disagree. The word is f.e. used here with connection to my ancesters (the Romany side), not to mention generally being used every time people get angry (modern use of “lynch mob”). Because it grew out of it’s historical origin long ago. So I will not feel bad using it. In any context.
Crox, just because you’ve heard it used doesn’t mean it’s appropriate to use yourself, and in the particular context you’ve used it in. I’ve heard people use the word raped to describe being assigned too much homework, or getting a bad haircut. Inappropriate.
Define long ago. Lynchings happened well into the 20th century. Actually there are two cases I can think of right now of children being assaulted with nooses in the USA and school administration trying to ignore it. In 2014, a noose was placed around the neck of a statue of James Meredith at the University of Mississippi.
You’re speaking from a place of ignorance.
People are dumb and misuse words constantly. So, general usage doesn’t mean anything.
In reference to usage among your Romany ancestors, again you’re commenting on an American video referencing violence against American POC and carelessly using a term that references a type of violence that was specifically used to terrorize American POC.
Context matters, Crox. There are synonyms. Why not just acknowledge the issue and say you’ll use a synonym going forward? I’ve made vocab mistakes like this plenty of times. But y’know. Not after it’s been pointed out to me.
Uppity is one that springs to mind – doesn’t have quite the same connotation here as it does in the US. Either way, I’ve stopped using it now.
Thank you Natalie, I was just going to post the same thing.
@Sixer. Me too. A long time ago, back at least 10 years, I said “gypped”. Had no idea what it meant other than the common vernacular. Someone nicely pointed out the origins, and never again have repeated it.
These posts are also nicely worded, Crox. Some sage advice: stop reading to respond, and start to read to understand. Just listen to what these kind people are saying to you. It matters, alot.
I had no idea about uppity! Talk about learning something new.
Kind of think it’s the wrong time to use word “lynched” here.
I already replied to Natalie S about that.
Lynched? Really? Just no.
Crox already answered above. She will not be making changes to the usage because she has (selective) history on her side, which apparently supercedes everything and everyone else. This also means her opinions on this topic should be taken into much thoughtful consideration…of which trash receptacle it goes in.
Comedy isn’t sacred and often people use comedy as an excuse to be openly bigoted and hide behind calling their ignorance jokes. Saying it’s comedy or a joke or or satire or a parody does not suddenly make everything ok.
This is exactly what I was thinking. I’m not easily offended in general, but that doesn’t mean that I find it ok to use “hey, it’s comedy / parody / tribute, lighten up!” as a valid excuse.
IMHO it’s like when people try to defend a racist sports team name – Washington’s football team, for example – by saying that it’s always been called that, get over it. Just because a team name has been around for 40-50 years doesn’t make it less racist or that it’s okay to ignore it. Comedy is comedy, yes, but that doesn’t give anyone a license to be ignorant.
@sixer wouldn’t we describe Beyonce as now a very privileged women? No doubt she earned everything but she is beyond rich and famous, is that not privillage? SNL has had 40 successful years based on parodies, should they stop?
As I said above, Jade. Beyonce, in terms of fame, wealth, reputation, is way above Schumer. So yes, you could make an argument that Beyonce is a legitimate target for Schumer to parody. As, I presume, Crox is doing.
But that would be a pretty weak argument. Surely it has to be FAR outweighed by the fact that Schumer, a member of a privileged group, is parodying a very serious piece of political and personal testimony about a marginalised group. She’s not parodying Beyonce the rich, successful woman (perfectly acceptable): she’s parodying a song about acute, multi-faceted disadvantage faced by a group of women (not at all what I laugh at).
Apples and oranges.
I don’t really believe in hierarchies of oppression. But this isn’t that. This is a white woman being snide about the struggles of black women. This is not innocuous.
Just because she is a rich black woman doesn’t mean at the end of the day she isn’t black. Heck Chris rock made it a point to record and film every time he was stopped by police sometimes because they don’t think a black man should be driving a fancy car.
A parody of ‘Single Ladies’ sure, not this one.
Amy Schumer isn’t taking a stab at parodying Beyonce’s fame and money and considerable talent though. This isn’t a parody video of her wearing Givenchy, or her using her enormous amounts of money for something frivolous, or any kind of comedic insight about Beyonce’s talent. She chose to parody the one music video out of her entire album that spoke most eloquently about class and race relations and what it means to be a black woman in America, and what’s worse is that Amy Schumer didn’t even do the parody correctly.
Google “In an Unequal World, Mocking All Serves the Powerful” and read it. It’s an op-ed by Arab-American sci fi author Saladin Ahmed on the whole ugly “Is Charlie Hebdo Racist or What?” mess after the horrible Charlie Hebdo murders. I think before we wave a dismissive hand and say “It’s juat parody/satire” we need to admit we all, as Ahmed says, self-censor according to our own worldviews and for those of us privileged enough to not have our worldviews–and what we think is OK–questioned, attacked and marginalized every 5 seconds that perhaps we need think about why we’re comfortable with the things we assume everyone else should be comfortable with too.
I dont get it…. first it’s a spoof, then when the controversy starts it suddenly is a tribute? Amy, girl…..
Ikr…I don’t get it either. Wtf?
I don’t get Amy’s video either. If it is a parody, where is the humor? If it is a political response, where is the message/meaning? If it is a satire, where is the wit? If it is a tribute, where is the joy? At best Amy’s video is a sad failed attempt to emulate the fun female friendship vibe of Beyonce’s video for 7/11. At worst, it is a racist and spiteful failed attempt to nullify the power and empowerment of Formation. I thought I disliked Amy’s video because I didn’t understand it, but on further thought, maybe I understand it all too well.
I agree. I genuinely don’t understand. Does the humour come from the fact that they are white and it is a black anthem? I just don’t get it.
Loving this comment so much. I couldn’t agree more. Daps.
Yup, I was just going to say the same thing. It’s not funny… it’s not clever… it’s not satirical. I don’t understand the point of it, other than to get us all talking about Amy Schumer.
Well said @molee *claps*
she’s the twin sister of Chelsea Handler. They think they are funny. They can’t do no wrong. They don’t get the outrage. almost in the same line of Donald Trump “I’m the least racist person…” when Black people are offended some white people don’t understand why, especially when they rewrite and appropriates the work, turning it into comedy, sarcasm instead of just leaving the F..ing work alone. some people are just like that, they have to ride the wave of others.
Meh, I think Schumer gets it, she’s just a desperate woman desperately trying to make her mark in popculture any way she can, and who just doesn’t GAF as long as she gets the attention she is so desperately seeking….emphasis on the desperate for both of ’em, Handler and Schumer.
Did you watch the video? I’m home today so for once I can watch something (yay for firsts) and I will tell you that this is one of the unfunniest things I’ve ever seen.
I really only know Schumer from what I read around here (never seen her show) but it feels good to have my suspicions that she’s incredibly unfunny officially confirmed..
“women inspiring each other”
i HATE it sooo much when such empty phrases are used to deflect blame. was her boyfriend inspired by black people when he did blackface? did he want to give a tribute?
i fully agree that Amy loves the controvery. after the whole Dunhamgate you would think to lay low for a while about topics involving race.
Agree. Nothing about Schumer is inspiring. Or attractive. Or funny.
It’s dumb and half-assed more than anything.
It was released on Tidal though, so for some reason Beyoncé wanted to align herself with it.
Yes, I find this confusing as well. Don’t Jay-Z and Beyoncé have considerable creative and content control over Tidal?
they are probably part of the same corporation —who knows!? seems to be everything else is these days…independent labels are becoming a thing of the past.
While it’s not impossible, I think it’s unlikely Beyoncé signed off on this. It just doesn’t go with the brand she’s been putting out there. Especially in the last few months.
Yeah I wouldn’t assume that it being released on Tidal was some kind of endorsement from Bey.
It’s nonetheless still weird that it was released on title to begin with.
I guess I just think it’s a very weird thing to be released on Tidal, unless Beyoncé wanted it there, after all this isn’t the kind of thing Tidal does. It’s not Funny or Die.
Usually a celeb would just upload something like this on Twitter or YouTube themselves (or, you know, get their assistant to). Releasing it on Tidal is a whole other thing that required either Amy or Tidal reaching out with the idea and signing contracts. If it was a whole big comedy special that included this one reference to Beyoncé I’d not assume it was Beyoncé approved, but one random Beyoncé music video ‘parody’ strangely released on the music streaming service her and her husband have a big stake in? I’d be shocked if this didn’t at least get run by her.
Unless Beyoncé signed off on it to make a brilliant point about white privelege and expose the latent racism even amongst white liberals and progressives. (?) I simply don’t believe no one and nothing gave Amy pause parodying this video. She knew what she was doing. She would have had to have watched the video several times over. Super disgusted by her. I’ve never understood what the deal is with her honestly, Ali Wong and Margaret Cho are known for their shock humor and sex jokes too and are much, much, funnier in my opinion. Even Sara Silverman makes her look seriously unfunny. I don’t get why she’s a thing, never have…
Of course they ok’d it, Tidal is owned by Jay z, he nor she would put it up if they didn’t want it. Grammy 1st mailing is a week from now,they’re drumming up att, that’s what this video was all about.Sorry but Beyonce ccouldn’t care less about Formation, its what is talked about, shell sing it,get attention for it,tour and make a killing. Political album, she’s never done 1 interview about it, never discussed it, what has she done for her community? On tour and Italy vacay, tell me where she actually has given her time or her voice that didn’t have to do with singing or touring. Real people are out there giving all to help their communities and sorry I’ve never seen her in mine.
Yes, I was going to point that out too.
I’ve always heard Beyonce is a control freak (in the best sense), esp about her brand and her work – so I’m wondering if she sanctioned this “parody” (or whatever it is) as being OK? I can’t imagine otherwise that 1) Amy would be allowed to use the song 2) it would “premiere” on tidal and 3) still be up there and available after the controversy.
What was she trying to do here? I don’t understand it at all.
I know, right? Racial issues aside, it looks like some cheap home video of….something.
Wish I could unsee. It was really awful, awkward, unfunny and inappropriate.
Your tags at the top of this article say it all: Amy Schumer, racist.
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I’m done being silent. THIS IS NOT OKAY. I don’t think the government should censor anyone, but I think it is our personal responsibility to say NO to this racist, unfunny, and hurtful behavior. Would it be okay if she made a parody of one of Dr. King’s speeches, too?? Beyoncé is standing up for black people about unspeakable violence happening everyday across the nation where people are losing their lives as a result. There is no room for white commentary in this conversation let alone comedy. NO. Our only job as people with humanity is to LISTEN and learn from the message and let the black community speak their truth until THEY feel satisfied that things have changed for the better.
I’ve officially gone from ambivalent “who cares” to active dislike of this vile person. Don’t let me find out any product endorsements you have because they’ll lose me as a customer until you are GONE. I’m so embarrassed by my own race sometimes. This is awful and it must STOP and I’m here to say I will not remain silent.
I’ll be so happy when she’s just as irrelevant as Lena in a year. Again she is PEAK white feminism. Seriously she can go
Amy is thirsty AF and Wanda Sykes should know better.
it’ ‘s really poorly done
but i want to say that wanda has been my neighbor for several years now and she is beyond awesome
You’re really lucky!! I’m sure she’s awesome but I have no idea why she’d do this with Amy.
UGH ew, she wants to make it about all women coming together or some sh!t that’s half a block away from “all lives matter”? And she uses language like “you know you that bitch”?? What white person do you know that actually speaks like that unless they’re mimicking black vernacular?
Cosign. This woman makes me tired, with the having to constantly explain why her “transgressiveness” isn’t funny or edgy — it’s just bullsh-t.
Completely agree with you, Shamby.
I just wanted to add that I actually DO know a few white woman who speak like that. But I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that they’re not rich, privileged celebs from Manhattan.
Yeah, in thinking about it I know there are some white women who speak that way. But I think here the context definitely matters. She’s defending a “parody” of a song about black pride, and that’s the language she chooses? It just really jumped out at me as not okay.
Oh absolutely agree with you. That made me feel gross too.
Kitten and Shambles,
Thanks for opening the discussion up on this issue. I’m white, but I listen to (radio) hip hop, it’s by far my favorite type of music. I like the beats obviously but I also like the lyrics for their perspective, humor, and clarity. They capture my imagination and get into my brain.
I only ever cautiously bust out that type of vernacular on a serious topic such as this one, but I certainly have times where I enjoy sharing in those same lines of thought in everyday life, barring of course the use of the N-word. That’s a no-go for me, I don’t use it, not my place to comment on it.
But when I’m excited and/or passionate about a subject, I borrow from black culture. I’m not quite sure I would be myself if I didn’t use those words/phrases from rap songs or memes or what have you, because I think so many of them are awesome… also, my friends understand what I’m trying to convey quickly and easily because they hear/see the same things.
But as I said elsewhere on this thread: this performance by Amy is absolutely NOT okay. Formation is Beyoncé taking a stand and she should be applauded, celebrated, and LISTENED TO on her commentary; not parodied. GO AWAY AMY.
Clearly everyone involved are making a movie together.
It’s not a parody like Weird AL used to doi
All involved were listening to Beyonce and wanted to record themselves playing along.
Seems like typical ignorance.
if that was the point it needed to be more obvious- white women trying to be like beyonce and failing. it wasn’t clear at all though and was super unfunny and appeared racist.
I don’t get the spoof? Or the point of doing this? For this be a parody, shouldn’t she have changed the words or use the song in a new context (like Lemonade at the office)? It looks like she is just making fun of a piece of art and insulting the artist.
I’ll just wait until she tells us it’s not racist because she’s Jewish again.
will be hard with tweets like this:
My Asian friend kim is really excited she just met a great guy that looks just like her dad…and her mom…and… nevermind.
Oh my god…. please explain to me how this woman is still famous? I feel like she’s the type that says “what are you?” If she can’t immediately figure out how to marginalize you.
Stop it, Amy. You aren’t funny. At. All.
I say the opposite. Keep it up Amy. Do more “spoofs/tributes”. Then maybe she’all go away faster. Can’t stand her humorless humor.
True. Overexposure is our best bet to be rid of her!
The SNL Lemonade skit was funny and it actually said something – which is the point of a parody. This . . . I don’t really even know what this is. Trolling?
I don’t get it either. Glad I’m not the only one — I was feeling kind of dumb for not understanding the parody.
I didn’t watch more than a few seconds of it, but I think it’s just supposed to be funny because it’s a comedian goofusing off to a song. She’s one of those types that thinks it’s simultaneously a tribute and a parody because she gets to occupy the grey area between coolness and funniness instead of actively demonstrating respect for other people.
She is so incredibly annoying and I strongly dislike her whole schtick. Of course when all this happened a bunch of White Feminists had to jump in and defend her because if they don’t see the problem then there isn’t one. I am so sick of this stronger together female empowerment bullsh*t when they don’t want to face criticism. I don’t understand adults who are so lack such self awareness. Also I don’t care if it was released in Tidal. JayZ is doing everything he can to make that business profitable and they probably don’t care, but that doesn’t make it better.
I appreciate parody a la Weird Al–“Eat it,” “Amish Paradise.” Even “Smells Like Nirvana.” What exactly is this parodying? While I wouldn’t encourage this or endorse it, it isn’t even like it’s a privileged white girl version of “formation.” It’s just…stupid dancing?
It was released on Tidal so Jay Z or Beyoncé or even both of them knew about it and released it.
That’s why I’m not even going to bother with it. I’m not going to make it bigger than it is when Beyoncé herself is approving of it. There are other things to go after Amy Schumer for though and I’ll be happy to talk about that.
Yeah Sam, I’m with you. Jay is THE face of Tidal. There’s some (monetary) reason for this parody/satire/mess. Not gonna bother watching it since I can’t stand Amy Schumer. And that’s from one Becky to another. She has offended me with her lack of talent a LONG time before this.
I already disliked her when she freaked out because it was sort of insinuated that she was plus sized and this just makes me dislike her more.
There has to be a line to comedy and appropriateness and Amy Schumer has crossed the line big time. Why can’t she dance to Beyonce’s “Sorry” and called that comedy? #Formation is a song that symbolized the beauty and pain of being African (black). Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn have never been through that or never will go through that because they are WHITE and using Wanda Sykes as a prop is just plain disgrace.
I am so sick and tired of Ignorant, white american using cultural appropriation to slap us in our faces and think they are going to get away with it, This ish has to stop.
I just don’t understand how this is on Tidal?
I’ve never liked this woman. She’s not funny at all and I don’t believe for a minute she’s a feminist. She’s a racist and opportunist. That thank you to tidal is the equivalent of her saying I’m not a racist I have black friends see!
Um how is this a parody? No humor whatsoever, no punchline, no nothing but an excuse for Amy to think she’s sexy or something.
She’s the least funny person on the planet. And what’s with her looking like a goddam dirty cave woman? Is that the part that’s supposed to be funny?
Very disappointed in Goldie, whom I have always loved. And Goldie’s figure (thin body, pot belly) gives some credence to the rumor that she has developed an alcohol problem. She looks like every aging alcoholic woman in my very alcoholic family. Sad. I hope she ok, she’s making some bad decisions right now.
Everything you said. This isn’t comedy, it’s just a Schumer vanity project. She could have chosen any song, but she decided to go with the most powerful black anthem of this century.
Privileged and clueless, as usual.
You know when I knew she wasn’t funny? When she did a spoof of Blake Lively on late night television and Blake Lively wasn’t even bothered to respond to it. Schumer’s response to Lively’s non-response because you know she responds to everything: a chuckle and then, “well we aren’t even friends so I didn’t expect a response, but I bet she’s in some ivory tower nursing her baby so I doubt she cares about my skit,” followed by another chuckle.
That’s when I rolled my eyes and knew that this woman wasn’t funny and just did everything for attention.
Then you add everything that’s happened since. The more serious offenses like her blatant racism and her fake feminism coupled with her inability to admit when she’s wrong and apologize and I’m scratching my head at how this woman is still around.
* BLASTING SOLANGE’S FUBU TO THE TOP OF THE MF DIAL* (Lyrics attached since the work always needs to be done for some of these White Feminist(TM) http://genius.com/Solange-fubu-lyrics) <– This Handily is also a good explanation why Black women Ain't with this Moron's attempt at "comedy" she isn't funny or cute, This thing she is making fun of Is NOT for her, It doesn't matter to her more than as a "Cute Bop" She doesnt know why a Black WOman would tell her people that she is STILL a Texas Bama and is still into the black things that raised her… In Long and short F*ck Amy Schumer and her Cabage face and her pre flashing Vag short everything ( Your Legs aint that Good Honey.. I Promise) …. AGAIN & PROBABLY at this tone deaf rate FOREVER
Also the Most neckbreaking side eye to whomever in Tidal thought this was a Move… But.. Well Everything about Tidal is a Poorly thought out move
Personally I think Jay-Z and Beyoncé agreed to release this on Tidal because they wanted the controversy to draw eyeballs to their dysfunctional app. All publicity is good publicity when Tidal is involved.
I also get the feeling that Queen Bee knew this spoof/tribute/WTF home video would make Amy look ridiculous while simultaneously calling attention to the serious issues she explores in “Lemonade.” Basically, while people are questioning the wisdom of Tidal’s involvement in this hot mess of a video, everyone is also talking about “Formation” and the racism and privilege that women like Amy take for granted. Beyoncé may truly be a PR genius. Or she is just as tired of Amy’s crap as the rest of us and decided to end her once and for all!
Well played, Beyoncé, well played.
So sick of annoying racist cabbage patch face. Make her go away .
And WTF Tidal?
so sick of Amy and her giant head
I can’t wait to see Amy’s parody of TayTay and her posse. Oh wait…
Women deserve better than Amy Schumer.
Yes! Better than Amy and better than that girl who sexually abused her little sister.
A parody would mean she changed the words up on a different subject. All I see are a bunch of White Girls and Wanda Sykes, sprinkled with some random minorities dancing around to a song. While I don’t find it entertaining or amusing at all, I also don’t get the big deal. She didn’t say/do anything particularly offensive. It’s not that serious. There are worse things to get pressed about. I guess the irony of White Girls dancing around to a Black power anthem is supposed to be funny to Amy? Nah, it’s just corny. Beyonce signed off on it. If she didn’t want anything to do with it, she would have shut it down like when Prince shut down Wierd Al when he asked for permission to parody one of his songs. If Beyonce don’t care, I don’t care.
I wonder if Beyonce was like: Go ahead Amy, let us all know how ignorant you are. Even better, let’s give it an official Tidal release so that everyone from now until the end of the Internet will see exactly how much you don’t know and don’t understand. Joke’s on you, Amy Schumer, and you’re too dumb to get it.
… maybe she’s trying to get everybody to jump on & make their own ‘tribute’ videos too (?) other than that I have no clue why Amy (or Goldie) think anyone wants/needs to see them jakkin around like that ??? They look NASTY – As in foul (not as in hot, fine, fly etc).
beyond that, I do NOT understand who/why/how Amy S made all her millions. Srsly. she’s nothing but a potty mouth as far as I can tell. someone above likened her to Chelsea H and I concur. They both make me throw-up in my mouth a lil’ bit.
I just don’t see the point of this parody. It’s tone deaf. And they don’t have anything on this police officer from a VA pep rally!
I love the politics of a black police officer choosing this song to show support and solidarity with his community. I love the celebration in this. I love the pride. I love the joy. Thanks for posting, JenB!
Um isn’t Tidal owned by JayZ though? so wouldnt beyonce have to okayed this? so i dont get it lol
this is definitely not racist. Just plain stupid and unfunny
Dumb video, but honestly, it’s Beyonce’s song, and if she’s okay with it, it doesn’t bother me.
I can’t stand schumer. She is very much a racist and half the crap that comes out of her mouth is so wrong…. I just can’t with her. She needs to grow up and stop thinking she can do no wrong. Why can’t she just apologize and learn from her mistakes?!
Is it the (deliberate) photo selection or does she always look extra-smug?
Someone with a history of being racially problematic really really should stay away from this.
All one need do is look at the Lemonade-satire that SNL did of Melania Trump doing “Sorry.” Now THAT is a great example of a satire/spoof/tribute. It even had some commentary to it. That POS Amy Schumer is unfunny, tone deaf, problematic, and mediocre. So is this stupid “spoof.”
I couldn’t care less about Beyonce being parodied – she’s totally fair game – but the minimum requirement of any parody is that it’s funny and that it raises the comedy game.
This Schumer woman is a tone-lowering, comedy-free zone.
Not funny…her or this video. Jennifer come get your bff.
Here’s my issue with Amy Schumer–she’s a woman with an enormous lack of self-confidence, in a society that largely makes a ton of money off of fostering that specific attitude in women. She’s trying to make comedy out of this, but the truth is that, instead of being self-deprecating, she’s going about it by constantly projecting her own shortcomings onto other people and then proceeding to tear them down as targets for her self-deprecation.
That’s incredibly shitty. I still remember the whole thing with her and that person she was sitting beside for some awards show, and how apparently him refusing to look at her equated to him not considering her “fuckable enough” because she was wearing a suit. As someone who has social anxiety and a lack of self-confidence, it’s not uncommon to make that leap because of how we think others in the world see us (you learn to reason yourself out of it as the years go by). But usually, a lot of comedians who do self-deprecating comedy turn their material inwards. They usually have a really poignant insight about themselves that’s also incredibly hilarious, and most of all, the audience can relate. How tf are you supposed to relate to someone who’s shitting all over other people as a way to make themselves feel better? It’s incredibly uncomfortable to watch, and when you’re the target of that “comedy”? It’s obviously not funny at all.
I get that Amy Schumer has a ton of insecurities and is probably very vulnerable about herself, but that doesn’t make her immune to criticism. She’s free to write any kind of material she chooses, but she’s not revolutionary in anything that she’s doing here, no matter how much she thinks she is.
Those are good points and insightful^^
That incident was at least mainly Lena, Amy’s friend and creator of “girls”.
I don’t find your skits as you describe. Maybe her standup. A lot of her skits are super funny, similar to key and peele. In interviews, she’s ok not boring maybe not the funniest.
Funny as all sh-t. Beyonce ain’t complaining.
Um, could you possibly explain what on earth is funny ABOUT it? I see it as horrifically offensive and ignorant, profoundly racist and astoundingly UN-funny, as well. Amy keeps on testing to see just how racist she can be–mainly, I think, just to get (undeserved) attention, which she’s clearly desperate for. She doesn’t care in the slightest who she hurts in the attempt to get the spotlight on herself; she is all ego and self absorption, w no heart, no mindfulness or awareness of anyone else. That’s why she is so hollow and utterly non funny;: you have to acutely actually *observe* others, not just yourself, to be funny. This ugly, bigoted woman–ugly inside and out–is far too simplistically self absorbed to ever catch on to the tones, or tones, of actual human parody and humor.
I have no idea why Amy did this what was the point. The sad thing is that even when she gets called out she refuses to acknowledge her stupidity. As for her being a feminist bitch please. There was this guy that I think was the head writer for her show that she knew used to sexually harass women at this very popular comedy club. She still kept him as a writer on her show. I don’t understand that shit. As for Wanda Sykes I don’t know what the fuck she was doing. I mean couldn’t she have pulled Amy aside and explained that what she is doing is not funny. Wanda is comediane and a good one.
Honestly,it just looked like a bunch of bad dancers trying to be Beyonce. There was no parody just terrible imitation. I don’t see what she was trying to convey here and she needs to sit her flabby white butt down. Being a chubby white girl does not make you an honorary black girl. Comedy in it’s best form is something that should provoke or make a true statement. The only controversy in this video are her dancing skills.
I don’t see the humor in this, but then I also don’t understand why Beyonce is worshipped the way she is. I can’t get past her crummy voice. If I could I would probably focus on how the best of her music was written by someone else.
My main annoyance with this is how they are all dressed. Like white trash is somehow equal to black magnificence. Say what you will about the original (I freaking love it) the clothes and the grace of the women are glorious.
Sure do a video of a bunch of friends dancing around… god knows my dog and I have a formation routine but don’t try to make it any more than that…
More than likely raised by parents using the permissive-neglect parenting style, who smiled encouragement and clapped with delight at everything little Amy upchucked, and told Special Snowflake it was like pearls from an oyster. Then they sent entitled, unfunny, abrasive Amy out to Hollywood, her mother ship. She really doesn’t understand, or care to, the world outside the “better” one in her head. As she demonstrates over and over, compassion, respect, and kindness are outside of her realm. And yes, some great comedians have had those qualities and were/are hilarious. Since she has a very “off with their heads” mentality about any criticism, I’m just glad she isn’t officially a queen. Ivory tower indeed.