There’s nothing new under the sun, especially when it comes to music. Many of our favorite artists were inspired by other musicians: Michael Jackson by James Brown, Whitney Houston by Chaka Khan, etc. But when does the line between inspiration and all-out copying get blurred?
Beyoncé is often lambasted for copying. After most of her performances, photo shoots and music videos, some ambitious researcher on the internet discovers and exposes her source of inspiration, and it goes viral. Then, Beyoncé comes forward and acknowledges that she was inspired by said artist. It happened for her “Countdown” video, 2011 Billboard Awards performance, 2013 Superbowl costume, Pepsi commercial and more.
The latest case of Déjà vu involves her Mrs. Carter Show tour book and Estonian singer Kerli. Beyoncé not only rocks the same Amato Haute Couture dress with wing-like shoulder ornamentation as Kerli, but the images are strikingly similar. They are both in black and white and in both cases, the dress was spray-painted white. Beyoncé’s tour book images were revealed last week; Kerli wore the spray-painted dress on her Utopia album earlier this year.
Kerli underscores the similarities saying:
“I gotta say it’s pretty damn cool to see Queen B Beyoncé rock something I spray painted white on my patio for Utopia 8) The dress was originally nude and made by the brilliant Furne One ♥♥ Whooop!”
Critics are chalking it up as yet another instance of Beyoncé copying, but is it just a case of her being inspired by another artist? What are your thoughts, Clutchettes?