Last week, Beyoncé unveiled her new music video for "Countdown,". However, it has got her facing plagiarism accusations. While well-known films gave "Countdown" its style, the dance moves were lifted (pilfered, fapped), without credit, from the works of Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Watch the video, and see for yourself that the similarities are too close to ignore."I didn't know anything about this. I'm not mad, but this is plagiarism. This is stealing," the dancer De Keersmaeker said.
"What's rude about it is that they don't even bother about hiding it. They seem to think they could do it because it's a famous work. Am I honored? Look, I've seen local school kids doing this. That's a lot more beautiful."
This isn't the first time a Beyoncé's performance has been met with accusations of ripping off some other artist: Her mind-blowing rendition of "Run the World (Girls)" at the Billboard Music Awards was instantly met with claims that the singer borrowed heavily from the similar screen projection work of Italian singer Lorella Cuccarini. Digital artist Kenzo Digital, who worked on that Beyoncé performance, revealed that Cuccarini's use of the white screen is what initially inspired Beyoncé's team to go a similar route, but when that technology was used by someone as talented as Knowles, it was catapulted to another level. The video's director, Adria Petty (Tom Petty's daughter), admitted that the dance moves were borrowed from Europe. "I brought Beyoncé a number of references and we picked some out together. Most were German modern-dance references, believe it or not. But it really evolved," Petty said; but judging by the side-by-side comparison, this is pure 'dance-move-napping'.