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For Someone Who Claims To Be Soooo Original…

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M.I.A.'s new video looks an awful lot like Justice's for Stress!

Granted they're both by the same director, Romain Gavras, so maybe it's not quite a rip-off but more of an influence?


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58 comments to “For Someone Who Claims To Be Soooo Original…”

  1. 1

    It's by the SAME director, CASE CLOSED.

  2. 2

    was gonna watch it (even hit play) then thought….no, I'm not wasting another 5-10 mins of my life watching a "music video" which isn't that at all…….leave this shit to the movie directors……

  3. 3

    For someone who has his tongue up GAGA's ass, you cant even start to call out others for "copying" get a life, if its only the visuals you can see and dont like then the music is hott hott hott, ur just mad cause she called out GAGA lol

  4. 4


    GO MIA FOR SPEAKING THE TRUTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. 5

    Very "Clockwork Orange".Very European though.If these kids were in any major U.S. city like Detroit,Chicago,N.Y.,L.A. they'd be full of bullet holes like swiss cheese.Either from the police or even more likely someone on the streets!

  6. 6

    if perez wants to write about gaga all day why shouldnt he.. its only HIS blog lol (and besides i find gaga fascinating, way better than anyone else out there atm!), so if you dont like it stop reading.. also just because its from the same director doesnt mean shit other than director is struggling come up with new ideas.. MIA sucks bum anyways, over rated garbage "music".

  7. 7

    I think if you had been a bystander on the street Mario as those kids went by it would have been a better video.

  8. elo says – reply to this


    Waited almost five minutes for the music to start, anyone watch the whole thing, was there any music ?

  9. 9

    Im surprised your not trying to say shes copying GaGa since according to your dumb ass everyone does/is!! ¬_¬

  10. 10

    its more like lost boys without a cause, and crosses on their backs? they don't seem too understand what it symbolises. this video looks ……

  11. 11


  12. 12

    modern day clockwork orange much?!

  13. 13

    Why do hipsters insist on using ethnic people and ethnic culture as a novelty in their shitty music videos? Justice sucks.

  14. 14

    Hey did anyone see Jurassic Park 2? It looked verrry similar to Jurassic Park…. Granted it was a sequel and had the same director.

  15. 15

    Re: hypnotized815 – actually he doesn't write any of his blogs…he hasn't owned the site for years…he's a fake ass too.

  16. 16

    So then he's not copying anyone, right? So why the lameass title to this news?

  17. 17


  18. 18

    Not familiar with M.I.A. I was expecting Rap, which I HATE.
    Surprisingly, it was very, industrial metal, chaotic, deep house sound. Loves that.
    In Glastonbury* and in San Francisco, 'Underworld', always closed their concerts with, "Moaner" and this sounds very intense, much like it. It also has a that 'Ministry' vibe.
    Did the video make me want me to watch it again? No.
    I would have preferred something more kinetically stylish and a little less realism. Think, Michael Jackson, "Blood on the Dance Floor", "Beat It"…then I would watch it over and over and over.
    Nothing is really new. It's usually been done before and you're just doing an updated version.
    *(Glastonbury, is in England, it's like going to Mecca, but for music, not religion.)

  19. 19

    Sure, by the same director, but you would think both M.I.A. and said director would try being original. And she was thought to be so innovative, at one time…now, she's knocking Gaga, and re-producing shit…and, yes, it's shit–shock value for shock value's sake, no real message to take from it, etc. etc.– :(

  20. 20

    If u look at his whole body of work…u see he's seems to be a one trick pony as far as his idea's go

  21. 21

    Looks like the director isn't as creative as originally thought. Seems he only knows how to make edgy violent videos. It's like a singer who writes a song, then every song after that sounds like the first one. Violence is sooooo last decade… actually lst century. Didn't anyone tell this guy that violence is passe and for the simple minded… the unintelligent? Putting garbage like violent video out into the masses only breeds more hate. Boring and ridiculous.

  22. 22

    I America they would have been put down like animals…not by the cops

  23. 23

    I don't associate black people with this music…it's just very odd to me.

  24. 24

    Aww, did you just find out about this video, too? It's only, you know, several years old. I also highly doubt MIA would "copy" as you put it, something so famous, especially in her "scene".

  25. 25

    … I'm sorry. I just wasted 6 minutes of my life watching this thing, and there was NOTHING STOLEN FROM THIS MUSIC VIDEO. You're a fucking joke Perez.

  26. 26

    How is that the same at all? Its in the same style… Thats about the only similarity. Thats like saying every disney movie is a knock off of the last because theyre all in animation.

  27. 27

    I guess I don't see how they are alike other than the style they are filmed in, which isn't surprising it you took even a small amount of time to look at the directors body of work. One video is the police rounding up gingers and driving them to the dessert to kill them and the other is a gang of kids terrorizing a city. You're trying way too hard.

  28. 28

    hey perez
    the more you disparage the work of people who diss your homey's the less credible you become. something to think about for a dude who's trying to get his foot in the music industry's door…this post reeks of desperation…like, "see, gaga! i'm on your side! see!!"

  29. czar says – reply to this


    YouTube plays this video.

  30. 30

    maybe some of you gag gag followers should know MIA's history, she is a pretty militant artist. Sure it is for shock value, but it is to make you think. Unlike gaga, who doesnt want to be a sex symbol but cavorts around in no clothes and wears shit loads of makeup to look sexier…just because you aint got that nose shaved off Stefani (rip of Gwen no doubt) doesnt mean you aint trying to be a sex symbol.

  31. lya says – reply to this


    Re: Knifehits Rs – thank you, you made me lauhg for real

  32. 32

    Dude perez… this is so old!


    tas todo pelotudito, eh!

  33. 33

    this is clearly cause of her comments about gaga
    your so predictable

  34. 34

    if being original is a big issue(or maybe its because you just dont like her cause she bashed lady poopie pants)you need to be also be getting on lady poopie pants cause shes the most unoriginal

  35. R.B.A says – reply to this


    Very much like Clockwork Orange, even the music towards the end has the same sort of sounds as the music that is played in the long opening shot in the Milk Bar.

  36. 36

    but then again this has nothing to do with lady poopie pants…nah ill call her lady gross gross muhahahaha just kidding,but she is gross though..

  37. 37

    Why don't you look up Cinéma Vérité, it's a style of filmmaking. Ignoramus.

  38. 38

    oh brother..here we go..she called Lady CACA out so now youre gonna try and rip her apart. Right. Poser douchebag perez!

  39. faen says – reply to this


    As someone said, it is the same director. He has a certain style of film making, thats what make people recognise what he does.

    Justice's music video plays on gang violence. Like a modern version of Clockwork Orange.

    M.I.A. is a hyperbolic reaction to unnecessary discrimination that affects all types of races, creeds, people throughout the world.

    Both music videos are great, and they make people think. Not just the average mind numbing pop music. Rara gaga bah?

  40. 40

    This video makes me sick. The whole "shock value" thing is getting way out of control. media.. What a fucking brainwash. I feel bad inside just from watching that garbage.

    btw, nice way to stereo-type black people. way to go.

  41. 41

    Actually, the only thing these have in common is the gratuitous violence which is in quite a few music videos, this video shows children from the banlieu as an army sporting the Justice cross while the other one is a political message about the us government. One deals with social relations within the country and the other deals with political issues outside of the country, stylistically they are the same, but thats because of the director, both MIA and Justice are amazing!

  42. 42

    You sure have turned on MIA since she dissed your precious Gaga. Well being and ugly tranny is so unoriginal as well.

  43. Larie says – reply to this


    Goddamn, this track is awesome. I didn't know the video was equally as gripping and scary.

  44. 44

    Shut the fuck up, you're just angry that M.I.A doesn't pretend to be the be-all, end-all popstar and actually enlists talent to compliment her's as well as involving something of a….I dunno PLOT!? In her music videos. While your Gag's is taking heaps of cash from fans for more billion dollar outfits to wear while walking across the street, M.I.A uses concert money to build schools.

    SAME DIRECTOR sherlock, you make yourself look so stupid with the headline then an admission just beneath.

  45. 45

    … Duh. It's the same director.

  46. 46

    Arizona just made it legal for the police to stop you and arrest you if you look like an immigrant(Mexican or any other type of brown) and you dont have proof on you that you are legal. If you dont then you will be put in jail. You could be walking your dog and if the police think that you look like an immigrant then they will stop you. This video couldnt have come out at a better time because a situation like this video is about to happen in your own backyard. They could round up a bunch of immigrants and just release them into the desert and say "Run home."

  47. 47

    yeah it does look the same in certain areas. but i believe M.I.A.'s video is much more powerful.

    and did anyone notice the ending? what was up with the last 7 seconds?

  48. 48

    Fucking LOVE Justice.

  49. 49

    tenes que ser un poco menos favoritista…
    gaga is OK.. but MIA is a real artist, she doesnt need all the shit that gaga needs to be "original"…

  50. 50

    Uh, DUUUUUUUUUUUHHHH. Such a great vid BTW, best of 2008 for me. This guy Gevais is someone to look out for IMO, there's greatness there

  51. 51

    The concepts are completely different. It's just the same director so the style is similar.

  52. 52

    I don't think this video proves M.I.A. copied them. Like you mentioned, it's by the same director. It's his style. Rude Boy by Riri is a copy of M.I.A. Born Free is not a copy of this. Both Born Free and Stress are a mini reflection of how screwed up our society can be (is) but neither is a rip off of one another.

  53. 53

    Maybe it's the DIRECTOR who has no originality.

  54. 54

    Looks to me the director loves "The Warriors"…check it out, the movie still holds up well 30 years later!

  55. 55

    reminds me of the movie the warriors. anyone see that movie? about 30 yrs old. and uh perez..this is probably just the directors style, who gives a shit.

  56. 56

    so the director ripped himself off? ok thats like saying your coco perez site is a rip off of your main site
    FAIL P

  57. 57

    I adore both M.I.A. and Lady GaGa - having said that, both artists have been influenced by previous music/imagery/artists. That is the very nature of art.

    Having said that, M.I.A. sort of opened Pandora's Box when she called out Lady GaGa as a copycat. Her biggest hit to date, "Paper Planes," sampled The Clash. Even her latest controversial work, "Born Free" samples the song "Ghost Rider" by Suicide.

  58. 58

    My cousin knows her personally. M.I.A is very pretentious, manipulative, and a well-known opportunist and corportate climber. She conceals this very well behind her pseudo-cultural 'indie' image. America, don't be fooled. She's no Lauryn Hill!