Beyoncé is once again making headlines after she decided to copy someone else’s work. Ever since her album release in 2013, Queen Bey decided to come up with new and inventive ways of releasing her work to the public. All hail the Queen!
But after Lemonade’s surprise release, the diva was accused of stealing Pipilotti Rist’s visuals for her “Hold Up” music video. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the trailer copied without permission a short film titled “Palinoia”. Visual artist Pipilotti Rist released his video way back in 1997 called Ever Is Over All that showed the Swiss artist smashing car windows while walking down a street — in many ways, a remarkably similar vid to what Queen Bey put out for her Hold Up track on Lemonade!!
Unfortunately for her, this isn’t the first time Beyoncé has been accused of plagiarism, with the singer being accused of stealing other people’s works at various stages in her career. There are allegedly nine visual similarities in the 60 second clip including “”graffiti and persons with heads down,” “red persons with eyes obscured,” “parking garage,” “stairwell,” “black and white eyes,” “title card screens,” “the grass scene,” “feet on the street,” and “side-lit ominous figures.”
Bey’ claims to have been inspired by these ideas, and certainly will never admit to stealing. So… inspiration or theft? Find out for yourself below :