Beyonce Accused Of Copying South African Artist For ‘Spirit + Bigger’ Video
While Beyonce is getting lots of love and applause for her Spirit + Bigger video from The Lion King soundtrack, she’s also getting accused of knocking a South-African artist. Some have pointed out the similarities between Beyonce’s video and that of Petite Noir.
Noir’s was released in 2018 and has more than 1.9 million views on YouTube. Beyonce’s hit YouTube Friday and has more than 4 million views.
For starters, The Lion King soundtrack is called The Gift while Noir’s video, directed by Rharha Nembhard is called La Maison Noir: The Gift and the Curse.
There are also visual similarities in the videos.
Fans had a few things to say about it on social media.
So your mama Beyoncé is about that plagiarism life huh??!! That’s a shame, has all the resources in the world but still gotta copy other folks hard work and creativity? She should’ve just asked her sister and co. For help pic.twitter.com/Xy1Is5HqqF
— Trapallelogram (@gh_Mikie) July 21, 2019
Beyonce is so iconic Petit-Noir time travelled to copy her video. pic.twitter.com/2gCCFswj0o
— tinega (@tiinega) July 22, 2019
I really thought that I was tripping when I said Beyoncé’s spirit video reminded me of Petit noire’s « la maison noire » video…but now that diet Prada has but them face to face I just- pic.twitter.com/QboVQ00Y97
— Colette (@Shechatsbare) July 21, 2019
In a rare interview, Beyonce spoke about the inspirations for the songs.
“It was important that we weren’t just inspired by Africa but that we actually included and learned from the Mother Land. The concept of the video is to show how God is the painter and natural beauty and nature needs no art direction. It’s the beauty of color, the beauty of melanin, the beauty of tradition. “
Do you think Beyonce copied or was just paying homage? Tell us in the comments!