Beyoncé is once again under fire for allegedly plagiarizing others’ choreography in her music videos. This time: the icon’s new “Countdown” video has sparked a debate online for its similarities to Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.
“I brought Beyoncé a number of references and we picked some out together,” Adria Petty, co-director of the music video, told MTV News. “Most were German modern-dance references, believe it or not. But it really evolved.”
We believe it, Petty—and so does the person who mashed up “Countdown” with video of Keersmaeker’s strikingly similar choreography work.
While some are calling it plagiarism, Petty says the “Countdown” video pays homage to several icons, such as Audrey Hepburn and the Supremes. “One of the strongest wardrobe references was Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face when she does the beatnik dance scene,” Petty says. “I think a lot grew from there.”
Comments on the video have been split: “I like Beyonce but every time she copies someone her fans say that she is paying homage for it… so I guess her whole career is based on homages!” one viewer, Kokym8, commented. “I didn’t plagiarize my essay! I was paying homage to the original author! Do you see how stupid that sounds? If she didn’t give proper credit or ask for permission, then she’s a biter,” HQPartyQueen commented.
“I think it’s hilarious that still no one is accusing her of copying Audrey Hepburn because Audrey’s style and dance from Funny Face is so well known. But because the majority of you simple minded haters didn’t know who Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker was until yesterday, all of a sudden Beyonce is ‘stealing’??” Punkprincess192 responded.
Make your own judgments after watching the mash-up video below, as well as the full “Countdown” music video.