Kelly & Beyonce: Destiny’s Thieves
Not a year or an album goes by that Queen Beyonce is not accused for plagiarism/ thievery etc. For those who’ve been with me through my JC journey will remember that my first ever JC article was an expose on Queen Bey and a certain South African Queen of Gospel stealing song lyrics.
Now fast-forward to 2011 and Beyonce is surrounded yet again by allegations of thievery, copying other people’s work and then waiting to be caught, before she claims she was; “PAYING TRIBUTE”/ “INSPIRED” etc. by the original artist’s work.
In 2011 the Plagiarism allegations have hit Beyonce twice.
Firstly with her phenomenal Billboard 2011 performance, which everyone thought was an original concept, only to find that it had originally been done by Italian pop star Lorella Cuccarrini.
Yeah I know you are asking; who the hell is she? Believe me, I also have no idea.
But I believe that’s what Beyonce was banking on, but unfortunately for her she forgot that we live in 2011 and all have global access to the internet.
And now Queen Thief’s latest allegation stem from her latest video for the dance number “Countdown”.
Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker has blasted Beyonce for stealing her dance and even costume designs.
This was her statement on the matter:
Keersmaeker on Beyonce.
“I’m not mad, but this is plagiarism. This is stealing. It’s a bit rude. What’s rude about it is that they don’t even bother about hiding it.”
“Beyonce is not the worst copycat; she sings and dances very well, and she has a good taste! On the other hand, there are protocols and consequences to such actions, and I can’t imagine she and her team are not aware of it.
“In the 1980s, this was seen as a statement of girl power, based on assuming a feminine stance on sexual expression. I was often asked then if it was feminist. Now that I see Beyoncé dancing it, I find it pleasant but I don’t see any edge to it. It’s seductive in an entertaining consumerist way.”
Queen Thievery later replied;
Beyonce on Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker claims.
“Clearly, the ballet ‘Rosas danst Rosas’ was one of many references for my video ‘Countdown’. It was one of the inspirations used to bring the feel and look of the song to life.”
“I was also paying tribute to the film, ‘Funny Face’ with the legendary Audrey Hepburn. My biggest inspirations were the ’60s, the ’70s, Brigitte Bardot, Andy Warhol, Twiggy and Diana Ross. I’ve always been fascinated by the way contemporary art uses different elements and references to produce something unique.”
(Update: Anne Teresa has not accepted Beyonce’s statement that she was paying tribute to her and has now officially fowarded the matter to her lawyers and a lawsuit might follow soon.)
I am a huge Beyonce fan and love her work and do believe that she is one of the greatest performers of our times, but can her Stans just fall back and accept that Beyonce will never measure to the standards of legendary pop royalty such as Madonna and Michael Jackson etc.
It takes certain originality and creativeness to achieve that and I believe that is why when people say POP ROYALTY, they say Michael Jackson, Madonna and Britney Spears. Say what you may about Britney Spears but all her handlers will tell you that she has been the master-mind behind most if not all her iconic videos that earned her an MTV Lifetime Achievement Award earlier this year. Her video for “Baby One More Time” which has become and iconic landmark in pop culture was initially supposed to feature her animated and running around as a super-hero.
Sixteen year old Britney detested the idea, stood up to her record label and gave them a new treatment for the video, her record company didn’t even know she could dance at this point but her stubbornness and vision gave way and so the piggy-tailed, school uniformed femme fatale was born, and as they say, there rest is story. She went on to conceptualize a whole lot more videos in her catalogue.
The point I’m trying to make is that; real icons are ground breaking, change the game and bring in fresh ideas to the industry. Something Beyonce has dismally failed in. I am not in anyway questioning her talent and star power, but it is what it is.
These days I hear she’s even faking pregnancies but that’s another story for another day *sigh*
Off course just under Beyonce’s shadow you will always find Kelly Rowland. It seems Ms Rowland has picked up one too many traits from her sister, as she has now joined the parade of thievery.
Ms Rowland’s latest offering; “Lay It On ME” looks inconspicuously identical to Barbados singer Livvi Francc’s 2009 video.
I am sure Rihanna was the one who rang the alarm on Kelly.
How dare she steal from Barbados Native. SMH!
And so there they are the sisters in crime, now all I am waiting is for fellow band member Michelle Williams to claim that she wrote the hymn; “Amazing Grace”.
More video evidence on Youtube: