Amy Schumer‘s parody of Beyoncé‘s “Formation” has shocked fans and some are now disgruntled, though I think it is hilarious and actually celebrates the musical Titan. Sure, her music video, certain lines of the song and the NFL performance pertain to serious issues, which is needed and definitely interesting. But, overall, going by lyrics alone, isn’t the song about being a powerful woman and women sticking together, though she is the Queen and will whip them into formation? If I’m wrong, yes, please, educate me!
How did the ‘racist’ label come about from someone having fun with lines like “I got a hot sauce in my bag” and “When he fuck me good I take his ass to Red Lobster” while Goldie Hawn, Wanda Sykes and Joan Cusack (entertainment legends and advocates) are dancing along and being fierce on a movie set, details I didn’t learn until I saw the video? The real racism is the backlash and some of the comments attacking Amy’s ethnicity, weight and talent, going beyond the subject at hand. If someone is not a fan, why bother watching something she created or is in? Would this scenario be different if it was a black woman heading this?
The critical reaction is a major key to the racial tension here in the US. To conquer such evil, one must rise above, be the example of decency and not get sucked into petty emotions that wrap the past. If this sort of outcry is the hinge for this kind of situation, then all the people in this particular video need to be questioned, especially those of foreign descent, stand up comedy should end since it has caused many controversies and music shouldn’t be a platform to influence, especially when the “pop” narrative of the tune is the real attraction.
In public, I have not heard one person say, even though it trails a harsh reality, “What happened at the New Wil’ins?”, which, by audio alone, is the most provocative statement of “Formation”. I do appreciate and enjoy Beyoncé, but, profit shouldn’t be made when speaking on issues that are so sensitive, right? If someone can’t dance along with Amy, for whatever reason, how can he or she get down with Beyoncé?
So, I rather walk away with the bigger picture: Two strong, powerful, wealthy, influential women having fun and creating. They are truly representative of “I dream it, I work hard, I grind ’til I own it”. All I ask of them is to support technology that supports a circular economy and to help those in need.