February 16, 2011

Imitation Is Not So Flattering

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They used to say "imitation is the highest form of flattery." Apparently not anymore. Rihanna is being sued for her latest music video "S&M" by famed photographer David LaChapelle. Imitation or paying homage has always been around, but it is especially prevalent in today's pop music scene. Everyone has said that Lady Gaga's new single "Born This Way" sounds a lot like Madonna, which they say about every video or single she releases. "Everyone is copying Madonna!" Yes, because she was ground-breaking and did it all. Gaga has openly admitted her single sounds like the Material Girl but also claims Madonna loves it.

In Rihanna's case the evidence is very clear:

I do think LaChapelle would win if it goes to trial. However, I don't understand the purpose of suing the pop star. It's not like the video would go away. The video has already been banned in 11 countries, which only makes something more popular. Is he suing her on principle? Or to get money? I don't understand the gratification he'll receive if he wins. It's like when all these bands sued Napster for "stealing" music. People went and found free music elsewhere. I applaud that David LaChapelle is calling her out but I think suing her is not going to stop imitation of his work or any other's for that matter. I also don't think it is going to hurt Rihanna's career in the slightest.

Should David LaChapelle be flattered? Or do you agree with the lawsuit?

Source: Daily Mail UK


  1. flattered and maybe earn a lil credit for inspirations lol. he should calm down

  2. It should settle - people shut up when there's money in their mouths.

    Also, what about Beyonce's single ladies video? That ENTIRE VIDEO was a COMPLETE copy of a video featuring 3 white women doing the same kicks and spins/twirls. Sick.

    So it wasn't really original, plus fashion + style + art is always a copy/inspired by someone or something else. That's exactly why it's always changing.


  3. Thanks for reading Jinna! Fashion is always inspired by other things, which is not a new concept. Great points :)


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