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Rihanna Accused Of Ripping Off Photographer David LaChapelle!

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The colors, the drag queens, the little people!

It all feels very David LaChapelle!

And David LaChapelle is rather put off by it.

Rihanna's new music video, S&M, has been riddled with controversy ever since its release. The latest hullabaloo is about the style and direction of the video looking an awful like a person's work who had no affiliation with the video. You know David LaChapelle's work fairly well if you love Britney Spears, Madonna or Whitney Houston - he's photographed them all and then some.

In the case of Rihanna's video, which was directed by Melina Matsoukas, David's influences are very apparent and the similarities between the video and LaChapelle’s work started a stir on his fan page, Twitter, and Facebook account. According to one source:

“Interns told us that fans were buzzing about the video and wanting to know if David had directed it. Then the phone in the office started ringing off the hook, everyone was like ‘wow it’s amazing – it’s the exact same.’”

As we understand it, up until this point, no one in David's camp knew a thing about the video or that it was so heavily styled around his photography, allegedly. That's the rub - no one is confirming that this was Melina and Rihanna's intention. However, one source claims Melina had photographs from past Italian Vogue shoots by LaChapelle, ranging from 1995-2002, laying around the set of the music video shoot.

Hmm. Inspiration or plagiarism?!

Watch the video again (above) and then tell us UR thoughts!

We say inspiration!!!

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89 comments to “Rihanna Accused Of Ripping Off Photographer David LaChapelle!”



  1. 1

    is this different than musicians being inspired by others work? where is that line to be drawn? Plagerism is plagerism.



  2. 2

    You say inspiration because you are in it. Plus you want the video to get more hits that is why you posted it AGAIN!!!



  3. 3

    The only reason you posted the video is because you're in it. You don't care about accurate reporting.



  4. 4

    I'm not so sure about calling it "inspiration." The similarity of the photographs and the sets used is too dead on and happens, what…6 or more times? Her entire video is a knock off of brilliant ideas from someone else. Rhianna is such a try-hard at wanting to be scandalous and different..and now getting caught using the creativity of someone else..HAHA, that's pathetic and embarrassing…



  5. 5

    it all looks exactly the same. plus she's just trying to be outrageous like Lady Gaga, everyone's trying to copy Lady Gaga, it's not even exciting anymore.



  6. 6

    There's a certain legal limit for 'inspiration' when it comes to commercial work. Madonna had to settle a lawsuit and pay money to the son of Guy Bourdin because her Hollywood was heavily influenced by his photography. There is a difference between a small 'nod' or 'tribute' and between copying the spirit of a work, especially when it is used for paid commercial work. Otherwise, you can copy an artist's work and say you're inspired by them.



  7. 7

    If it was Christina Agulera and you weren't in it, would you still say Inspiration? I'm not an Xtina fan but you really didn't throw her a bone when it came to her music video and kept calling her a copy cat.
    Personally I think copy. Especially since the Director is staying REALLY quiet on this one.



  8. 8

    OMFUCKENG PEREZ, REALLY RIGHT NOW? REALLY. MAYBE CHRISTINA GOT INSPIRED BY GAGA (WHICH I FUCKEN HIGHLY DOUBT SINCE CHRISTINAS MUSIC IS NOTHING ALIKE TO GAGAS).
    YOU.ARE.SO.PATHETIC.
    ONLY BECAUSE YOUR FATASS IS IN THE VIDEO.



  9. 9

    don't back down now bb! there's more than just 'inspiration' there. it is a BLATANT ripoff!



  10. 10

    Who cares because the song is terrible.



  11. 11

    You can see she (Director) was inspired. Who are we to know that Rihanna or The Director didn't speak with him personally.

    He not saying anything maybe because of that reason someone spoke with him or flattered.



  12. 12

    you really are just a giant parasite aren't you. my god you are a fucker.



  13. 13

    perez i'm gonna be a qualified journalist in a few years and i am looking to you for the example of what NOT to turn out like. goin around at 34 on ur knees cause a 21 year old told you to for her video (and then gettin burned big time-what did you expect) and sucking up to inflatable pieces of x-rated shit (kartrashian) and making leachourous disgustin comments about young males and objectifying the shit outta of them is an example of a very very two dimensional character. and the stunt with jen (you know-not telling anyone what happened because you got your cheese ass served to you and you know that we would of laughted our tits off at you) is literally the last straw. fucking man you are dusted. let me guess. this will be CENSORED.



  14. 14

    Re: madonnafan is a fucking loser

    If you are planning on being a journalist, learn how to spell and use proper grammar.



  15. 15

    Plagiarist fits so perfectly with poser.



  16. 16

    Isn't everyone ripping off LaChapelle these days? Especially Lady Gaga…except she's nowhere near as smart, creative or clever.



  17. 17

    You only say that because you are in it. You suck.



  18. 18

    it was said best in an article on yahoo. Shes been the victim and is trying to play the predator as well. She knows nothing about S&M she ripped off chapell this isnt inspired, inspired would have been just bright colors and wild scenery. She gets beat up crys about it gets all kinds of attention and money then starts singing about being in a relation ship like that and justifying it( love the way you lie which made NO sense at all) and now abusing people in the video who apparently arn't consenting. shes an idiot she will just say what she needs to stay relevant. Like gaga or not at least shes consistent wether you think shes a moron or not.



  19. 19

    WOW…NO ONE IS ORIGINAL NOWADAYS!!!!!



  20. 20

    So if its britney and christina its copying and everything else but if Gaga or rihanna,or katy perry do it its insperation. You are the biggest HYPOCRITE ever!!!!!! What a fucking joke you make me hate these 3 bitches more and more and you make me love britney and christina even morer then i did!!!



  21. 21

    If it does come out as plagarism, is there any legal action that can be taken? I don't think they can even do anything because it's not EXACTLY the same. It really is disappointing that Rihanna's team copied LaChapelle but everyone borrows and steals nowadays.



  22. 22

    LMAO PLAGIARISM JUST LIKE THE ARTICLES ON THIS SITE!
    —————
    RIHANNA FEATURES YOU IN A VIDEO WHICH IS FULL OF COPIED MATERIAL FROM ANOTHER ARTIST
    ———–
    YOU HAVE A SITE THAT IS CLUSTERED WITH ARTICLES COPIED FROM OTHER JOURNALISTS
    ————————
    OH THE FUCKING IRONY! THE STENCH IS UNBELIEVABLE!!!!



  23. 23

    P.S - I love you Perez! You gotz realz balls for posting the lame shit that some of these people are posting about you. LAME.



  24. 24

    Totally Plagiarism
    When i saw the video i first thought it was directed by LaChappelle, but then i noticed it wasn't cause was really mediocre compared to LaChappelle works, everything has an amazing impact , funny and always SMART. He never uses sex just for the sake of it, and Rihanna's video does it.
    But this is times of the COPY CATS so…



  25. 25

    Whatever it is, IMO shes gone very downhill music wise. She used to make pretty good music. This is unbearable with some really stupid lyrics.



  26. 26

    Of course its a rip off Perez Hilton is in it. I randomly check this site for the best made up news out there. You should be on right after Fox news.



  27. 27

    Ok so wtf? "chains and whips excite me?" then why the hell did she sue Chris Brown? i mean whos to say that he was giving her what excites her nd she turned it on him kuz shes crazy!!!



  28. 28

    Re: pienado – oh fuck off, like i'm goin to bother with spelling on a site that has 20 mistakes per sentence. ya sad bitch.



  29. 29

    Self promotion is so shameless Mario. And of course you would say inspriation, if xtina did this it would be copying though. Biased hypocrite needs to grow up.



  30. 30

    Re: MooMooMario – very very true



  31. 31

    Re: MooMooMario – i actually never used to come on here and slag off perez and i wondered why he got quite as much hate from the people on here as he does. now i know why. really horrible human being. and a fucking phony baloney shithead.



  32. 32

    Re: tailkinker – being inspired and just copying something is completely different. Its like writting a paper, at the end of the day if you dont site your work then your stealing.



  33. 33

    She rips off fashion photogs for a lot of her videos…..such as Only Girl included obvious rip offs from camilla akrans and tim walker.



  34. 34

    You are such a cunning man Perez. This "scandal" has been planned since the release of this video so you can get more views!

  35. 6one9 says – reply to this


    35

    PICS don't lie Perez!!!!!!!!!!!! This is “““““““ A COPY CAT's work!!



  36. 36

    LaChapelle chantez you Stay. Rhianna, sashay away.



  37. 37

    How funny !!! First your couldn't brag enough you were in the video, now you are on the " she is a copy cat" band wagon ! How quickly your alliances change !!



  38. 38

    who cares Lady Blah Blah copies everyone.



  39. 39

    First of all, plagiarism is defined as the unauthorized use or close immitation of someone else's work without giving him or her credit. She didn't give any credit to LaChapelle, so it's plagiarism. Secondly, "one source" says she had pictures from Vogue photoshoots there? Hello? Weren't you there? Since you were, you could tell us what you actually saw instead of being so neutral about it.



  40. 40

    Re: Andrea Paino – i think this is either coming from rihanna snubbing him/him finally realizing his being made a fool of or they made a deal with la chapelle to do this whole "ripped off" thing to get more publicity (fatty had nothing to do with it, hes not quite as informed as he'd like us to believe). either way, perez is a dick.



  41. 41

    Copy CAT !!! Perez you're saying that it is inspired because they involved you in this unoriginal video. You'll do anything to peddle your ass to the stars !



  42. 42

    Nothing new under the sun.



  43. 43

    PEREZ, Really? Are you STUPID? There should be two sections on your site, one for ARTISTS and one for singers. Riri doesnt write her on song so why would you expect her or her people to have an original idea for a video? The song was not even her idea, what a surprise that the video was not original. GAGA is Original. Start asking the real questions, the tough question when you suck the butt cracks of whores like Nicole Scherzinger, Ask them, DID YOU WRITE THE SONG? There just like you, they are puppets!



  44. 44

    Re: pie107 – Thank you someone who gets it! It's exactly like writing a paper and not citing your sources you can't take an authors idea then say you came up with it on your own. She could have said am doing a video and it's inspired by lachapelle work that would have been fine but she didn't if there were pictures of his work on the set and yet they still went ahead without citing him as an inspiration then it's copying plain and simple.



  45. 45

    I am a HUGE fan of David's and also somewhat a fan of Rihanna. Putting that aside I think it is BLATENTLY obvious that her team ripped off his work. I wouldn't think it was really Rihanna's fault IF she had not done the same thing recently in several videos such as Rude Boy. I like her the most when she is unique with her craft, so hopefully her next few videos will be completely her own ideas and not an "inspiration" of someone elses stellar art.



  46. 46

    yet you FAIL to mention this when GaGa completely rips off Madonnas looks AND videos.



  47. 47

    Yes she did she copy David !!! And he is the one who made XTINAS ICONIC VIDEO DURRTY !!! He is the best on controversial videos .. By the way o don't give a fuck a bout ririiriri videos cuzz she sucks and in particular this video sucks for the most part cuzz HIV + disgusting piggy Hilton is in ;( lame.



  48. 48

    Re: tcm898 – So true, so true.



  49. 49

    Perezita you are a fucking stuped motherfucker hipocreted pig. If it was xtina you will say xtina is copycat.. But for all this losers newcomers is just ispired by??? Just shut that fuck bith you are full of shit;( the only original in pop music is queen of pop MADONNA .



  50. 50

    you dissapoint me again perezito…que te pasa eh? YOu killed Xtina with her vgid even tho we know Gaca was inspired by Xtina and u reply with this crap? Were you not there? did u not show up in the filming? for being "the queen of all media" did u not catch this during filming and ? any of it? sad sad sad



  51. 51

    Re: duelastar – Exactly what I was thinking. I am not an Xtina fan either but Perez ripped on her SOOO hard and calling her Gaga copycat when she was inspired by Madonna.



  52. 52

    Re: XTINA IS A POP MUSIC ICON!!! BICHES!!
    You DO know that the Queen of Pop to whom you're referring has been sued several times and/or has been called out many times for her so-called "originality." Not hating, just stating.



  53. 53

    Re: Ivybby – EXACTLY what I was thinking



  54. 54

    Re: Nessa_grl
    She didn't sue Chris Brown. Chris Brown was charged for a felony assault.



  55. 55

    Re: Htownspitfire – i fucking love how you use his own little fake ass shit saying against him. haaaaahahahhahahah



  56. 56

    whatever… all these fights are media bullshit. PR has now turned to instigating fights for publicity and antagonizing the public. apparently they think looking awful and pissing people off sells. i don't understand it.



  57. 57

    Re: XTINA IS A POP MUSIC ICON!!! BICHES!! – will you stop goin on about xfloptina. she's gone back into the hole she came out of since the epic fail that was her career "comeback" and now shes a drunk. whos cares about this bed-crasher anymore?????



  58. 58

    If all you posters hate Perez then why do you waste time coming to his site and reading the posts? It's your hate that makes him so popular.



  59. 59

    MELINA MATSOUKAS ALWAYS TAKES INSPIRATION FROM OTHERS WORK IT'S NOT A SURPRISE. SHE TAKES SHIT FORM MOVIES, VIDEOS, TV, ETC. AND INCORPORATES INTO HER OWN STUFF. SWAGGER JACKING?? PROBABLY… THO NOT AS BAD AS BEYAAWNCE. OUT STEALING??? NAHHH. SHE ALWAYS CHANGES ENUFF TO MAKE IT DIFFERENT. LIKE WHITNEY HOUSTON'S MILLION DOLLAR BILL VIDEO WAS A TAKE ON GOOD FELLAS MOVIE SCENE WHERE THEY WALK DOWN A FLIGHT OF STEPS PAST A BASEMENT RESTAURANT TO A NITECLUB WITH HENNY YOUNGMAN DOING HIS ACT. IN MATSOUKAS CASE, HENNY IS REPLACED WITH WHITNEY SINGING MDB IN THE MUSIK VID.



  60. 60

    Re: YoungTaurus – Xtina has never been sued over discrepancies concerning "originality." douche.



  61. 61

    How come this time you didn't write: "WE are in the video"



  62. 62

    Re: We_Live_In_A_Shallow_World – good question. maybe his sycophrenia was momenterally fleeting.



  63. 63

    Melina Matsoukas has always been a rip off artist with no talent. This isn't the first time she has been accused of the very same thing. Doesn't anyone remember the other Rihanna video she was accused of copying from M.I.A.? I am surprised she is still working as a director.



  64. 64

    Re: LittleBroAdam – If you actually read the post, they are clearly talking about Madonna, not Christina. Learn to read and comprehend. There was a post somewhere above the one that you are referring to that confirms this.



  65. 65

    I see that Pig Boy is in this video… I wonder who he had to suck to get the part in this crappy thing? Oh… and the shameless self-promotion? Puke….



  66. 66

    Re: madonnafan is a fucking loser – Maybe you could use spell check?



  67. 67

    this broad has never had an original thought and it's highly likely that she never will. talentless.



  68. 68

    Rhianna sucks! she has absolutely NO talent! I will say some of her songs are catchy but as a whole… she is nothing.



  69. 69

    Re: Daniele Johnson – LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOO YOU MADE ME GIGGLE! INTERNET WARRIOR!!!!!



  70. 70

    Re: madonnafan is a fucking loser – WE SPEAK THE TRUTH!!!! SPREAD THE WORD!!!!



  71. 71

    LaChapelle with NO budget maybe. If comparing to a LaChelle picture, the video looks like a cheap production. I adore RiRi… even though the idea for the video was predictable, its still a great video if I'm not comparing.



  72. 72

    Re: LittleBroAdam
    Actually I was referring to this statement: "the only original in pop music is queen of pop MADONNA . " No disrespect to X-Tina, but I would never refer to her as the queen of pop. Thank you catlover – for having my back.



  73. 73

    Rhianna was inspired and Christina Aguilera was a copycat. As long a there is something in it for you it's positive.



  74. 74

    inspiration? o yea u can't bite the hand that feeds you. BUT i call it plagerism

  75. IVIV says – reply to this


    75

    David LaChapelle directed 3 Christina Aguilera music videos "Dirrty" "Can't Hold Us Down" and "The Voice Within" and has done various photo shoots for her and put her in his books. He also directed Britney Spears "Everytime", Mariah "Loverboy", a handful of Elton John videos, etc. If Rihanna liked him so much she should have just asked him to direct her video ha ha…LaChapelle is legendary and has done so many amazing things in his craft, I hope he gets credit for this because it is VERY similar in a handful of scenes, almost identical. It is more than "inspired" and the girl didn't even say anything about being "inspired". Give David the credit he deserves. This is pretty blatant…a very stupid move on her and her team's part



  76. 76

    Re: catlover – Clearly, i know how to read. you're just a passive aggressive douche.



  77. 77

    Re: YoungTaurus – Appreciate the clarification, but Xtina is obviously the Queen of Pop.



  78. 78

    que pendejada



  79. 79

    I really don't see the big deal. Plagiarism is when you USE SOMEONE'S WORK and don't credit the originator.

    Nothing in that video was an original production; they were simulations. I wouldn't be surprised if LaChapelle knew about it.



  80. 80

    LOL hey everyone…….the reason why Perez is continuing to post this (while trying to avoid coming right out and saying the video is a complete copycat) is because Rihanna snubbed him. Perez was honored to be in her video and later found out that the dog walking scene was really to ridicule him, not because their the best of friends. Perez is obviously to afraid to come right out and say the truth because he fears Rihanna's people will come after him. It's hilarious the way you flip flopped Perez. Even if what she said/did is true, your a grown man. Act with some professionalism and maturity. Unless you want to be portrayed as a dirty animal…….meh who knows.



  81. 81

    Okay I think its inspiration. I



  82. 82

    It's clearly been INSPIRED by David… But a lot of people have styled this look for the past decade… its an homage, but NOBODY can do it as good as David himself. Bright colors and odd, twisted, detail; anyone can do that now.



  83. 83

    the only difference between the 2 clips is that your ass isn't on a leash Perez! You post things so they create more hype. It's actually quite so sad to see that your little posse cant get press for themselves so they become your "wifey" or "BFFs" so they can use you to get press. pathetic.



  84. 84

    Re: FellyFell
    I think he's trying to distance himself from the video just in case the shit hits the fan, which I don't think much ado will be made about it. He posted the video the day it came out like 3 or 4 times that day and was proud to be a part of it. Doubt it has anything to do with his role in the video.



  85. 85

    GAWD PEREZ. U TALK BIG ABOUT BEING ANTI-VIOLENCE AND ANTI-BULLYING AND ALL THESE OTHER IMPRESSIVE MOVEMENTS BUT YOU PROMOTE THIS JUST BECAUSE UR IN THE VIDEO DOING WHAT, ACTING LIKE A BITCH ON A LEASH, WHICH I DOUBT IS NOTHING SHORT OF WHO U RELI R.

    I USED TO ADMIRE U AND THE WAY U COMMENT ON THESE CELEBRITIES AS THOUGH YOU DON'T GIVE A CRAP AS LONG AS YOU'RE TELLING IT THE WAY U SEE IT BUT NOW THAT YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF AS ONE OF THEM, U CHANGED.

    FOR THE SAKE OF WHATEVER SPONSORSHIP DEAL U HAVE WITH ALL THESE "ARTISTS" WHO U USED TO FEEL SO STRONGLY ABOUT ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY'RE INVOLVE IN SOMETHING VIOLENT OR ABUSIVE, IT WAS QUIET A DISAPPOINTMENT TO SEE U PRAISING THIS AND EVEN GIVING UR NOT-SO-SUBTLE WAY OF SHAMELESS PROMOTION BY POSTING THE ISSUE OF WHETHER THIS VID IS TANTAMOUNT TO PLAGIARISM OR JUST INSPIRATION AND OF COURSE, GIVING UR 2CENTS WORTH - U WENT WITH INSPIRATION.

    I'M NOT SAYING YOU CAN'T DO THAT. I'M JUST SAYING THAT FOR WHATEVER CAUSE U THINK U R STANDING FOR, BE CONSISTENT COZ THE WAY I SEE IT, WHEN A CELEBRITY U USED TO CRITICIZE FOR DOING THINGS U DON'T AGREE WITH, KISSES UR ASS, U END UP LICKING THE GROUND THEY STEP ON AS WELL.

    SO YEAH. I HAVE NO PROB WITH THIS VID. ONLY WITH PEOPLE CLAIMING THEY'RE SO ANTI-VIOLENCE AND ANTI-BULLYING AND SO BENT ON PROMOTING EQUALITY BUT THEN END UP BEING IN A VID THAT GLORIFIES PAIN AND TREATING PEOPLE LIKE ANIMALS.

    FOR ONCE, TAKE A STAND PEREZ. AND STAND BY IT.



  86. 86

    Re: RogerF – I was going to say the same thing. He is talking about this being a rip off of an artist as an excuse to show himself in the video. How sad, Perez.



  87. 87

    I thought it was a good thing. It's introducing her fans to his work. I didn't know who the hell he was until now. And her whole theme for her music videos is colourful, so it went right along with her theme and her song. SO WHAT!?



  88. 88

    um, HELLO! What is original anymore anyways?? Everything is an imitation of the things that came before it. Honestly, it looks identical to LaChapelle's work, but so what?? The video is HOT! DL should be happy that someone admired his work enough to want to do the same thing.



  89. 89

    I think it's funny that Perez attacks the Black Eyed Peas all the time for stuff like this, and blatantly calls them plagiarists, but when it's Rhianna, one of his favorites, and himself in the video it's suddenly "inspiration". Nice try, rather see through.