Racist cultural misappropriation or just some talented actresses letting their hair down with a funny tribute? While sensible people would fall into the latter camp, Vanity Fair reports that the stars of the upcoming movie Mother/Daughter Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn have copped severe backlash online for a parody video they released to Beyonce's track Formation.
The video was posted on Tidal and Schumer's own YouTube channel. Where it happens to feature the films co-stars Wanda Sykes and Joan Cusack. The ladies did their best impression from the video, although some of the choreography fell just a little bit short of Queen B.
Schumer Posts Semi-Naked Photo In Response
If the supposed controversy was bumming out the Trainwreck star, she certainly wasn't showing it. The 35-year old comedian took to Instagram posting a semi-naked photo of herself lying on a bed. As icing on the cake, it comes with a caption inspired by the recording artist and a sneaky plug for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
"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."
It will take a lot more than a few Twitter comments to dissuade Schumer from engaging in viral parodies. And I'm sure we can expect more in the future. Given the walk out in Florida from one of her stand up shows after making jokes about Donald Trump, little phases the performer. A performer who obviously enjoys stirring the pot.
Time Magazine Points To Shirt As A Reference Point
Somebody somewhere has to be outraged by the video and this time it was well, TIME! The publication took Schumer and Hawn to task because they were sporting shirts that say “Texas Bama” on them. Apparently this is a racially complex term historically, which is often used in a derogatory manner.
Overlooking the fact, those are part of the lyrics of the song and the intention was anything but poking fun at the serious undertones of the track. This was, as Schumer explicitly said herself, used as a tribute to empower women. That might not be good enough for the critics but if we can't just enjoy a comedian and a beloved actress spoofing a modern day classic and have a laugh along the way, then we might need to reboot ourselves!