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Rihanna VS LaChapelle: Can You Spot The Difference?

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Yeah, neither can we!

Check out this tit-for-tat comparison of Rihanna's new video, S&M, and the work of David LaChapelle. This morning, we reported there was a lot of talk that RiRi and Co. totally ripped off their ideas for the video from the famed photographer.

Now, here is the proof.


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122 comments to “Rihanna VS LaChapelle: Can You Spot The Difference?”

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  1. 1

    oh god, so youve moved off christina aguilera and onto rihanna? when will you ever stop being such a douche and accept that these girls got more talent in their fingernails than you will ever have! stop being a jealous queen!

  2. 2

    Perez why would you want to post this? (of all people) doesn't that make the video look bad?

  3. 3

    Well her Only Girl in the World video was a Tim Walker rip off, so it's not surprising at all.

  4. 4

    Jeez… why can't people just do their own thing? Or at least ask to copy, and give the credit that is deserved. Hmmm….

  5. 5

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL. Are you fucking blind? They look alike in so many ways. You even compared shots of the people in the video doing the exact same thing. xD.

  6. 6

    When u claimed Christina was copying Gaga you dogged her. Don't be nice to Rhianna just because u were in her video.

  7. 7

    lol at this "proof" David Lachapella has pretty much done everything visible possible. So its not that weird to find similar images of anything thats colorful and edgy

  8. 8

    definitely a rip off. damn perez, you got balls to call her out on this after being in her video! LOL

  9. 9

    It's about time these pop stars like Rihanna get called out for taking ideas from others and then calling it their own at least give him credit. And yes LaChapelle has done a lot that you are bound to find silmilarities but this is shot by shot she isn't even trying to change it and make it her own.

  10. 10

    total ripoff. You know you suck when you make a sucky video that you stole.

  11. 11

    origional. Such talent!

  12. 12

    Re: wewtness – Perez is agreeing that the 2 video's are the same and that Rihanna copied.. you must have mis-read him.. next time before you post and LOLOLOLOL at someone make sure you don't sound stupid doing it.

  13. 13

    Perez I'm, kinda, proud of you that you posted this since you were in the video.. sounds like you'll call most ppl out on something if they deserve it.

  14. 6one9 says – reply to this


    full`on ““““ copy cat

  15. 15


    Idiots. Whoever actually likes Rihanna is an idiot and this is just another post to prove how unoriginal she is.

  16. 16

    ok//obvously why would Perez play out a vidoe he was in…he obv put this post up so people can go and watch the dam video!!

    ive caught on to u piggy piggy

  17. 17

    Re: xandir – i dont see how this is him being jealous. its more like him calling her out despite the fact that hes in the video. clearly, if the girl cant think of her own videos she doesnt have talent in her pinky, or any talent for that matter. and clearly you are a fudgebag.

  18. 18

    Damn. And she put you in her video too. SMH.

  19. 19

    Yet another reason to dislike her even more. I seriously don't get what people like about her.

  20. 20

    um way to bite the hand that feeds you dude

  21. 21

    rip off!!!!

  22. 22


  23. 23

    That is fcuked up.
    She just blatantly copied his work, to the letter.

  24. 24

    WOW, Google "Rhianna is a ripoff" and you'll get 3 more people she has been accused of ripping off…..New Order, Michail Jackson, and MIA

  25. IVIV says – reply to this


    So obvious. A lot of people copy LaChapelle. Lady Gaga has copied a lot of stuff from Christina Aguilera's early 2000's shoot with David LaChapelle too. Rihanna also copied the black & white corset outfit Christina wore in her performance of "Fighter" at the 2003 VMA's with Dave Navarro, the EXACT outfit. As well as coming out on stage tied to a big "X" like Christina came out on during the Stripped/Justified tour with Justin Timberlake in 2003 as well.

  26. 26

    Well, upon further research, it seems she and her people have ripped off A WHOLE LOT of other artists/musicians. I was right all along, she has no talent. Just an ability to sing and nothing more. She does what she is told because it makes money. THAT IS ALL.

  27. 27

    He was so proud to be in that video.
    Now that people are calling the girl a copycat
    he says he saw it coming…

  28. 28

    this is so fucked up. and kids can watch this freely on the internet? WTF! this is soft porn.

  29. Laury says – reply to this


    Bet you're not gonna be bragging about being in the video anymore, huh.

  30. 30

    She ripped them off. There is NO DIFFERENCE. Everything is the same. Why can't people just use their got damn imagination and do something different.

    GOOD CALL finally someone is calling out their shit

  31. 31

    You can tell that it is a total rip off.. However Im sure they will claim its a mere coincidence… She also stole the rude boy video concept! I am not surprised… but I will be surprised if they fess up to it

  32. pax says – reply to this


    I totally thought La Chappelle directed this! It is a total rip off, but no surprise, everything Rhianna does is unoriginal. She does look gorgeous in this video, though.

  33. 33

    I really use to like Rihanna now… not so much. I can't stand her anymore she's tries way to hard apparently fails cause she's just ripping ideas from others how low.

  34. 34

    Um. Why are we surprised? She uses Autotune which is fake already so it shouldn't be surprising that she rips off other people's talent.

  35. 35

    Who cares if it's a stupid music video

  36. 36

    You are sooooo suprised. Rihanna is the biggest swagger jacker of all time. She straight up copies Grace Jones and others all the time. Just google it. Plus, she never sites her source. She never gives credit to the people who inspire her.

  37. 37

    Oh WOW taking inspiration from a great photographers work BIG DEAL. Its done all the time. Look at GAGA.

  38. 38

    WTF exactly the same. wooohoo so original rihanna. good job.

  39. 39

    who cares! artist are inspired by sooo many different people! gaga is inspirred by madonna.. everyone should just chill nd enjoy life!

  40. 40


  41. 41

    shouldn't you be grateful that you were even in the video perez? Wow… and you said you changed…

  42. 42

    I read it is the same director that worked on rude boy is that true? If that is true then I am not surprised seeing Rude Boy is a lot like MIA.

  43. 43

    its not rihanna's fault. it's the director who did it, blame him!

  44. 44

    Who cares….. Lady Gaga rips off anything and everything in here wake… She is a like copy machine.
    Art is made by great influence
    GOOD FOR RIHANNA for at least choosing an amazing photographer.
    Perez let's report that lady gaga ripped off the born this way lyrics!!!!!

  45. 45

    Hmmm…you literally ripped Christina a new butthole because she copied GaGa, you dogged the Black Eyed Peas for similar sounds, and now you're being awful kind to Rihanna….guess this is part of the new you, that's not a bully, or maybe the fact that you're in the video. I'm going with the latter.

  46. 46

    There are multiple images that are strikingly similar to Christina's video for Not Myself Tonight, including the bondage, and the liquid being poured over her body. I'd say Perez has proven himself to be part of the work of a copycat. someone might be eating crow pretty soon. I'm actually surprised that he isn't, conveniently, "overlooking" these similarities between LaChapelle and Rihanna's video. Another funny note: Now that Gaga has worked with Akerlund, Perez will be comparing every other artist who works with Akerlund, to Gaga (ex. Brit's video for HIAM). He seems to forget that Madonna worked with him years ago, and that Gaga does not set the standard. she copies it, and takes all the credit.

  47. 47

    You were in it, shouldn't you know?

  48. 48

    I don't know why it still surprises me when you do shitty things like this.

  49. 49

    what DID ever happen to David Lachapelle? He was so visible in the 90's. He sort of fell off the map.

  50. 50

    she's sort of keeping his legacy alive, since he's not really been very active for a long long long long long time. I think the last big thing he did was Gaga for Rolling Stone, but LONG ago, not recently. He's pretty old now, it's good that someone wants to show the history of fashion photography, and LaChapelle is probably happy that someone still cares. After all, he IS a legend.

  51. 51

    Re: sonnyismylovex3 – There's also the concept of protecting one's intellectual property. It is WRONG to blatantly rip off an artist's material without giving credit to where it's due.

  52. 52

    Wow Perez, I'm a little shocked that you're throwing her under the bus like this, considering you were IN THE VIDEO! The similarities are striking however…….

  53. 53

    Re: herehaveacookie
    Well maybe if people weren't so interested in asking her about Chris Brown and were more interested in her inspirations, she'd talk more about them.

  54. 54

    So, he called her out, in a way. But, it's more less because he found out that her wanting him in the video because she liked him wasn't exactly the case. He got wind thru her camp that she did it because she thinks he's a total idiiot and wanted to demean and laugh at him behind his back the same way he does it to most people. She told him she wanted him in the video for artistic reasons, and that he would be GREAT in it. Perez apparently ate it up and jumped on board. Now that he knows the real reason he's out for blood using his new found passive aggressive manner.

  55. 55

    the song is a ripoff, too, btw. It's from an obscure song in the 80's. i forget the name.

    But noone really cares whether or not everything nowadays is ripped off, so thats why most "artists" do it. Their fan bases are mostly people with an iq of 82. Diddy, et al, became ridiculously rich of ripping off other artists. He did it out in the open and succeeded. Anyway, it just goes to show ya that when ya feed people a bunch of shit long enough, well, eventually they begin to like it.

  56. 56

    Hmm…didn't Madonna do the same thing several years ago with her "Hollywood" video? She even got sued for it and lost (of course Madonna was "paying homage." She NEVER rips off). Guess some people don't learn.

  57. 57

    exactly what I was thinking…Perez and his people only have the guts to say a lot of these things from behind a key board anyways so I'm sure he isn't doing anything wrong

  58. 58

    LOL no wonder you were asked to portray a dog on a leash. You are an animal!!! It must be easier to say these things behind a computer than to the actual faces of these celebrities. It's funny, because you act like an obsessed school girl when you meet some of these famous people, like their GODS, but then you're willing to let hypocrisy take over for the sake of your blog. I wonder if you'll be featured in any other music videos?….hopefully not. Hopefully the stars will catch on to the game you play. I definitely hope someone tweets rihanna about this and her people find out about the ish you're spreading around. That is all!

  59. 59

    Re: GoodBoyNC – I want to have your children. Hahaha. Carolina?

  60. 60

    You know what, I found this article fairly interesting and amusing. And with everything else, taken it with a grain of salt. If I wanted dry and humourless reportage of the current popular culture, I would go to BBCworld news.

    Regardless, some would argue this could be a tribute of sorts, much like her Rude Boy video. She seems to be on a pop art trend, though in lieu of a tribute its more like "Copy and Paste".

  61. 61

    How are you even talking shit your ungrateful bastard? Rihannna put you in her video and you have the nerve to bring something like this up when you are involved with it yourself!

  62. JCPR says – reply to this


    well we wont see you on any of rihannas videos that's for sure! lol

  63. 63

    In any case it was the director not her. I also doubt she knows that much when its about talking culture lol

  64. 64

    the only difference i see apart from everything being the same is that his work is flawless and she just looks ass Its like someone did a big poo on his work then smeared it all around

  65. 65

    I don't really see a problem. It's the same thing that Madonna did with the Bourdin shots in her Hollywood video. Whatever

  66. 66

    Re: bowled_em – Lol. If you did some research you'd know that rihanna directed this herself.

  67. 67

    She copied M.I.As boys music video too. Actually I shouldn't give her that much credit i mean "her people" copied the ideas for her thats how stupid and useless these so called artists have become. Not only can they not sing a song to save them, or write a song but now they are even too stupid to copy ideas they need their people to do that for them too.

  68. 68

    You know, if Rihanna did not write nor direct the video, how would she have known she was ripping somebody off? Do you think she's that familiar with LaChapelle's work, because I'm certain not everybody is.

  69. 69

    You should know Perez, you were in it :P :P

  70. 70

    Re: adg100 – you have hit the nail on the head 100% my friend. that was my very first thought. i'm glad the obvious hasn't being lost on everyone who comes on here. you'd have to be blind not to know what was going on here.

  71. 71

    Re: just keeping it real – balls? he doing it cause he plaaaaayed darling. no more no less.

  72. 72

    They should be flattered that Rihanna copied them! Its given them publicity hasn't it!

  73. 73

    ooops perez…so who is the copycat now?;)

  74. 74

    Probably. LaChapelle is a highly revered fashion photog. It wouldn't surprise me she paid homage to him. Not necessarily a rip off, but just that, an HOMAGE. Everyone just needs to stop being so ignorant.

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  76. 76

    "Imitation is the best form of flattery"….right?

  77. 77

    She has never had an original thought or idea in her whole pointless existence.

  78. 78

    Rihanna's video is cheap looking. She could have at least ripped off LaChappelle with a bit more class. It looks like she spent $100 on her costumes.

  79. 79

    Did you think she was actually original? Shame on you perez. Rhianna is a bottom feeder.

  80. 80

    rofl–perez you're a moron

  81. 81


  82. 82

    Re: madonnafan is a fucking loser – who cares what the reason for him calling her out. he does have balls to say it. you act as if there will be no repercussion for this post. perez knew that there would be, hence i stand by my opinion. he has balls. lol

  83. 83

    It was done purposely! Duh.

  84. 84

    You are dissing her because she is ignoring you now.

    She doesn't give you the time of day or return your texts/messages, huh?

  85. 85

    besides, photographers are background, anyways…

  86. 86

    Re: xandir – Are you retarded? He's not saying anything about her talent. And I'm quite sure he's not jealous of either girl. He's just saying that the video is a rip off of LaChapelle's photos and he's quite right!

  87. 87

    Yep, total ripoff.

  88. 88

    Of course though, those are common s&m scenes. Who cares really?

  89. 89

    All turds look the same to me.

  90. 90

    u guys know that this sucks BIG BIG TIME especially since now she tries to claim that she writes the treatments for her videos…of course seeing as you idiots thinks she loves fashion when in fact she is more like a fashion doll she is gonna claim that its homage she's paying….its stealing no matter how pretty and frou frou she tries to make it…i hate to stir up the shit on the blogs but y'all know if it was a certain celeb whose name starts with B y'all woulda went IN

  91. 91

    Re: just keeping it real – The reason why someone does something changes if it is an act of being brave or just spiteful. he doesn't care about the reprucussions cause he's already fallen out with her so it doesn't matter what he does now. he did this in pure spite. is it the same to tell your friend that her husband is cheating on her because you don't want to see her hurt or if you do it because you want the husband? no, it is not. and this horrible little troll did this and most things outta spite. thanks for reading.

  92. 92

    So, who cares. It really does not matter at all if no one has seen the other video. They should be honored someone copied their video and made it popular.

  93. 93

    Re: Gushiness – Honor??? Why should he be when she is stealing his idea and calling it her own. Perez himself said she helped direct the video that she came up with the concept which looks a lot like lachapelle's concept. Remember to say the same thing when writing a paper for school I didn't cite him but he should be honor that I used his idea. It's call copying plain and simple I can't believe some of you can't see that.

  94. 94

    Why would you post this? You were in it moron. Why don't you post something like this about CaCa?

  95. 95

    Re: MJJ – perez himself?? he said it?? then it MUST be true. that bloated spotty idiot doesn't know his arsehole from his elbow, i doubt he know who directed that. hes like a bitchier more image obsessed version of mr jay on antm without the brains.

  96. 96

    Re: the thing is… – and apparently you didn't bother to read those stories.. (which included a Yahoo Ask-page… seriously..)? In most cases it is stated that she uses samples of other artists a hell of a lot. That's nothing new: Jackson's 'Got to be Starting Something' for 'Don't Stop the Music' (although Jackson himself actually sampled that part from another artist), 'New Order's 'Blue Monday' for 'Shut and Drive', Soft Cell's 'Tainted Love' in its entirety. But sampling is something many artists do, Rihanna isn't a snatd-out example of that. The video, however, is a complete knock-off. Then again, she didn't direct it, that's somethign the record company can be held accountable for. BTW Perez, I'm surprised you didn't mention Gaga, seeing that Rihanna also 'stole' the censored underwear from your 'wifey's' photoshoot with Chapelle.

  97. 97

    Re: JodyRomeo – learn to read: he isn't being 'awful kind', he's calling her out. Djeez.

  98. Low says – reply to this


    Normally it does not look like a ripoff.. but this so IS a ripoff!!!

    LaChapelle can sue and will… it's that close to me.

  99. 99

    Re: pineapplestar – and if you did some research you would know you just made an ass out of yourself because it was directed by Melina Matsoukas.

  100. 100

    Re: madonnafan is a fucking loser – umm Perez said it because she's the one who told him doesn't matter though taking something and calling it your own is wrong it's called intellectual property. A lot of artist get inspired but least give credit I know MJ was inspired by others but he always gave credit in many interviews like giving praise to Fred Astair (sp?) James Brown, Gene Kelly, Sammy Davis even giving his original Billie Jean jacket to him etc but it seems like today's artists can't even bother.

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