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Beyoncé Back Under Fire For Ripping Off Dance Moves In Countdown Music Video!

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Uh-oh! These similarities are really difficult to ignore!

She'd better own up to this!

Beyoncé has once again come under fire for ripping off her dance moves, this time in her Countdown music video, due to its striking - and sometimes shot-for-shot - similarities with the work of Belgian contemporary choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker!

Watch the comparisons (above)!

What do U think?? Is this beyond an homage, and just straight-up plagiarism?

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82 comments to “Beyoncé Back Under Fire For Ripping Off Dance Moves In Countdown Music Video!”

  1. 1

    cough cough….awkward silence

  2. 2

    Once again, Beowulf has proven to be unoriginal!! Her voice is grating on my delicate ears and her style is classless as usual. Next.

  3. 3

    Oh no. They are virtually identical. I smell trouble.

  4. 4

    Before you call out anyone you should maybe just maybe call out lady gaga!! Give it some thought!!

  5. 5

    She probably thinks its alright because Gaga gets away with stealing shit so why cant she!!

  6. 6

    LOL she can't beat around the bush with this one, it's pretty blatant xD

  7. 7

    Unless she does her own choreography she shouldn't be held responsible for something like that.

  8. 8

    WHO THE FUCK are you to talk about similarities when Cacca has ripped off every woman that has ever sang a song in the history of music.

  9. 9

    I think the bigger issue is that she stole the concept of the first part where the girl is standing in front of the three dancers. The other parts are regularly used dance moves so those are probably just coincidences.

  10. 10

    If Rihanna was sued for the "S&M" music video, Beyonce definitely needs to be sued! Rihanna's director copied PICTURES, while BEYONCE STOLE A WHOLE VIDEO.

  11. 11

    She needs to fire her choreographer. But I seriously can't stand Beyonce, she's a disgusting classless piece of trash. Pure filth, NEXT.

  12. Glen says – reply to this


    It is a pretty blatant rip off - and I am sure she will do the same thign she did when she got caught for the single ladies vidoe rip off of Fossee, it an homage….let's be honest if Katie Perry released Single Chicks, put a ring on it..she would get her ass sued off..but Beyonce and/or her people can rip off other artists and call it an homage.

  13. 13

    Yeah, she ripped it off. But everyone seems to rip each other off nowadays.

  14. 14

    dang! they didnt even try to conceal that rip off.
    ive been tired of beyonce for years now. i hope someone who can actually sing replaces her…and her annoying husband!

  15. 15

    The Belgian choreographer probably got paid a bunch of money to use her ideas, they wouldn't just blindly let her commit plagiarism, when an artist like Beyonce makes 90 million a year, they do their homework before they let her look like a fool. She has a whole team of lawyers and other people that get the ok first.

  16. 16

    COPYONCE! What can anyone expect from her? Totally trashy and unoriginal ALWAYS . . .

  17. 17

    Has Beyonce revealed who the father of her baby is yet?

  18. 18

    She did not "rip off" the choreography, obviously she saw this video and repeated the moves just like her Run the World video. She has said a dozen times she gets inspiration from youtube videos and isn't afraid to say it. Get a real story and while we're at it throw some of this negativity and downright SHADE to Lady Gaga.

  19. 19

    This concept has been used before in other videos. But in todays media, when ever a artist does a video there is a side by side visual of where they got it from and every body reacts like the artist said this was all my idea I am so original and creative. But its just a music video and people attack these artist Rihanna, Lady gaga, and Beyonce like they just made the world end. What beyonce and other artist do is introduce the younger generation to things they know nothing about. Back in the day pre 90's artist would take stuff claim it and are known as legends today for music,dance moves,and styles that they took from a artist over seas or a young artist struggling to make it to the pop charts. and today we trip over a concept for a music video..lol

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    Total rip-off. Unreal. Perez, this is why I come to your site.. Stop the hate and hypocritical postings.. Post more stories like this. Expose the un-talened, instead of continously proving you are a StrH8 monger.

  22. 22

    Re: kissofDeath – sounds just like Lady GaGa copying Madonna

  23. 23

    Re: ParalyZzzZzer – since when do any of these puppets do their own choreography????

  24. 24

    Re: A Fine Mess – inspiration = copying = same difference….

    need a good lawyer.

  25. 25

    Really who give a sh1t!!!!.

  26. 26

    yea lady gaga openly every pop culture item out there….

  27. 27

    lady gaga openly plagiarizes every pop culture item out there.. wow i cant type tonight.

  28. 28

    everyone can see that plenty of these moves were copied.. but its not like other singers and artists havent done it before , just look at the likes of lady gaga and madonna. i dont see why we should be pin-pointing out these peoples flaws, its not doing any harm so leave it be simple as!

  29. 29

    Everytime Beyonce uses someone else's work for inspirtation she always asks permission. She's not going around claiming she invented anything! A lot of artist's do that, nothing is really new under the sun. I never see you putting Gaga on blast! Beyonce is talented & beautiful so please don't deny that. She doesn't have 16 Grammy's for nothing!

  30. 30

    Instead of accusing beyonce why don't you try pointing the finger to the person that is actually to blame "the choreographer' who has been hired to teach her these moves for her videos or do you think that bey,britney even gaga choreograph their own dance moves themselves?? hell no!!! they don't have time.

  31. 31

    well…. it's kinda obvious

  32. 32

    and what I dont get is why even post her videos or have a contest to see who has the best beyonce cover only to stoop this low, same thing with Christina, one minute you are saying go girl and the next your calling her a flop -

  33. 33

    Beyonce has always been copying. She never does anything original. For god sakes she ripped the entire scene of "Sweet Charity" to her video "Get Me Bodied". She copies off of dance moves like in her video of "Single Ladies". She discusses that she put in a couple of Michael Jackson moves. Never Original.

  34. 34

    "good artists borrow, great artists steal"- Steve Jobs

    "plagiarism is the biggest form of flattery" - Bob Fosse

  35. 35

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  36. 36

    Damn.. does beyonce jack everyones fucking dance moves and style?? WTF is with these dumbass stars these days??? No one can be creative anymore and be talented??? People now just copy and paste and recylce the shit out of everything.. damn.. none of these hoes deserve fame..

  37. 37

    Re: Toad23 – Thats bs..

  38. 38

    idont like her , her new albuma and music flop career is over she is a nasty bitch and ugly too

  39. 39

    I would think it's Beyonce's choreographer who did the rip offs?

  40. 40

    Re: PlayPenLA – wow ur a moron. her 'talent' and 'beauty' doesnt mean she doesnt PLAGARIZE. which she does. just because shes ICONIC doesnt mean she can simply call a clearly plargarized act 'inspiration' and a 'tribute'. so shut up.

  41. 41

    OK, I'm a Beyonce stan. I will admit that.I'm one of her biggest fans. Now with that said, I have to also say that this has gone to far. This has happened way too many times and it needs to stop. Enough with the pilfering. She's too talented for this. She doesn't have to steal from other people. She can hire dancers to choreograph her videos. The quickest way for an artist to lose their credibility is when things like this start becoming a recurring habit. It's smacks of laziness and a lack of originality. You can't just steal from people and think you can keep getting away with it. Enough is enough already! Still love her, though.

  42. 42

    omg! I want to her what Beyonce and her camp has to say.

    This isn't the first time Beyonce has stolen others ideas, and every time she was confronted she would say "I was inspired" lol

  43. 43

    The era that killed Beyonce. She won't be missed.

  44. 44

    Re: grenstorm – She's not even that iconic… the name Beyonce is iconic, but that's it. I can't think of any iconic performaces or songs for that matter. (hits and iconic songs are to different things) the only icon that this generation has is Britney Spears to be honest. Like it or not.

  45. 45

    this is so stupid. these are such obvious dance moves it not like the dudes making it created them out of nothing any ways. how many times have i seen people roll on the floor, shake there hips and stand by windows. dont be ridiculous. im actually offended you would even post this on your blog. ugh. so stupid.

  46. 46

    yup its straight up plagiarism

  47. 47

    either way it is i dont know what it is…

  48. 48

    Beyonce draws inspiration from multiple things and puts it together all in one…alot of dancers and performers do that…pretty much every move out there has been done before by someone else…nothing is really ever going to be "original" ever again…that's why people put multiple ideas together and come up with a bigger picture. EXAMPLE:BEYONCE IN HER RUN THE WORLD MUSIC VIDEO…SHE GOT INSPIRATION FROM THESE AFRICAN DANCERS DANCE MOVES FROM A YOUTUBE VIDEO….SHE USED THAT DANCE IN THE VIDEO…SHE EVEN BROUGHT THEM TO THE U.S.A TO DANCE IN THE VIDEO…SOOOOO SHE DID NOT "STEAL ANYTHING"…MOST LIKELY THE PEOPLE IN THAT VIDEO ARE DEAD…SO SHE CAN DO WHATEVER SHE LIKES…WHETHER IT'S TAKING A CONCEPT SHE LIKES AND PUTTING THAT INTO HER OWN IDEA OR WHATEVER….BEYONCE IS AN ARTIST….WHY ELSE WOULD SHE BE QUEEN B?

  49. 49

    Beyonce is a fucken HACK! all her moves are stollen!! And it is her fault but more the dance teacher, If she would hire some good people instead of these ghetto ass rip off con artist! then maybe she wouldn't get ripped on. But beyonces CD hasn't been doing so good its her worst selling cd to date!!! Its also her worst cd to date!!!! Shes an ok singer but a straight out stupid actress who tries and tries to win an Oscar. But she only plays singers and thinks she should win. Why should you win if your not acting???? So to all the Beyonce Die hards Grow the FUCK UP!!! She could give a shit about you Fools. So stop being all uptight!!

  50. 50

    The Bey is on the attack yet again. Watch your dance moves or she'll steal them and blame someone else. Give credit where credit is due. So sad, just proves the fact that she's unoriginal just like that GaGa shit.

  51. 51

    she was never the talented one when stood next to that jennifer she had looks but little else and now what zero creativity why are the so called artists feeling the need to take anothers work

  52. 52

    anyone shocked? Beyonça does it all the time. how sneaky! shame!

  53. 53

    Re: SlaveMeh – Gaga doesn't steal dance moves, she works with one of the biggest choregraphers in the business. I'm not sure its possible to "steal" a dance move, take Michael Jackson for example who most people think invented the Moonwalk - he didn't, doesn't mean he is guilty of theft. Its not the first time Beyonce has been inspired by another choreographer, Single Ladies was largely taken from a Fosset dance, saying which its only a freaking dance, does it really matter?

  54. 54

    Re: Toad23 – Excuses. This is copying. Period.

    Im pretty sure Gaga tought her how to copy the best lol

  55. 55

    Beyonce constantly brags about how she has full control over her own career, and how hands on she is. She claims to be a part of the entire process of making her music, from writing, producing and coming up with ideas for videos. Her fans eat this up, and regurgitate this info any time Beyonce is criticized by others. But the minute the originality of her work is put under scrutiny, suddenly it's not her fault.

    Either she is a liar, and she doesn't do everything she says, or she is a thief who takes credit for other peoples work. Take your pick.

  56. 56

    i think it is so funny you keep calling out Beyonce and other celebs for stealing stuff by never once mentioned Gaga rip off of outfits, stage presentations (bette middler) (mtv awards)etc. Your site is always so one sided!

  57. 57

    Have you ever heard of creative directors? they are the people stars pay to come up with ideas for video concepts etc…

  58. 58

    Jean-Claude Van Damme, the Dardenne brothers (filmmakers), the singer Jacques Brel… it's not so often that we get to see Belgium represented on the world stage.

    But, sure, this video features moves ripped off from a Belgian choreographer. No doubt. No lo contendere.

  59. 59

    It's very similar. But am I surprised? No. I mean, is anything original in today's music? It's not the fact that she borrowed it from the choreographer, it's the fact that it's not unique nor original. I think it's a copy and an inspiration. I'm not sure if that fits, but that's how I view it.

  60. 60

    There are times when you look at these claims and go "Well…I can sorta see the similarities" but someone should call the dance police because Beyonce has turned into the Lindsey Lohan of dance. The moves and set up were nearly EXACTLY the same.

  61. 61

    is there no originality anymore? Beyonce (who CAN sing) & Lady GagGag need to seek some creativity & stop "borrowing" others . . .

  62. 62

    I guess its just a coincidence that Lady Gaga who has ripped off more people more than any other artist in the past decade, never seems to get put on blast like this. I agree beyonce totally ripped off the concept and needs to be called on it, but clearly she’s not the only artist and Gaga who seems to do it every 5 seconds never seems to get called on it by you Perez.

  63. 63

    Oh no!. It`s all about recycling, you can`t spect to make a brand new choreography for every video! Besides who tha fuck is Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker??? If it wasnt for Beyonce then I wouldnt be wondering so, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker be thankful!!!

  64. 64

    why do ppl say Beyonce stole someone else's dance moves? Lets not forget videos have choreographers so it was the choreographer that stole the moves not Beyonce. and if it wasn't for Beyonce using it in her video no one would know who the hell the other artist was so they need to thank her.

  65. tasha says – reply to this


    Beyonce has been very upfront about saying she uses video's from youtube for inspiration. She also gives them credit and even uses some of the original people in the video's. Has anyone bothered to ask her if she used this video for inspiration or just are accusing her of ripping it off?

  66. 66

    Re: ParalyZzzZzer – agreed. Who is the responsible choreographer? Also, Is B suppose to run every proposed dance move through some CSI quality database to make sure no one else in the WORLD has done it? I don't think she is responsible here.

  67. 67

    Re: grenstorm – Do you think the people who she borrowed moves from are complaining? No one knew who they even were until Beyonce decided to use them in her video, & the check is probably nice too. Plagiarism is illegal! Yet she's never been sued over it. Why? She always gets the "ok" from the artists. Yes she is an icon, BTW Bey always gives credit where it's due!

  68. GIO says – reply to this


    GAGA has ripped Madonna off so bad and the 5 seconds you call her out on it? WOW…you are a TOOOOOOOOOOOOL

  69. 69

    Has anyone ever thought that maybe these other artists consciously work with her choreographers and give permission/are hired to do so? Maybe they already get paid for it, so they're not worried about and are not complaining, therefore Beyonce is not stealing anything.

  70. 70

    Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker did not make "a deal" with Beyonce on this one…
    She was alarmed by her old dancers who saw the video on you tube…she had no idea she was being used for Beyonces new video.

    It was in the papers this morning that she was going to sue…and she has every right to!
    It is clearly copied!

    Belgian gurl

  71. 71

    does not surprise me, the music video that kayne shouted about being the greatest video of all time (single ladies) was an exact copies of an old 80s dance routine except beyonce did it behind a white screen. I wish I could remember the name of the dancers.

  72. 72

    Not a surprise, Beyonce made her career on ripping off other artists. Nothing she does is original.

  73. luvu2 says – reply to this


    I love to disagree with Perez as much as the next person, but….sorry B, this is straight up plagiarism. It's times like this where celebs must curse the internet. I haven't read any of the other comments on here, but I'm sure one could argue that "Beyonce doesn't do her own choreography or direct her own videos blah blah blah" To that I say that Beyonce is an adult and is responsible for her name, meaning that the directors and choreographers that she surrounds herself with are a representation of her.

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    I agree that it's obviously identical, however lets not all point the finger at Beyonce. She is the performer and like most do not write their own songs or create their own moves or videos. If anyone should point the finger it would be the director and her choreographer. I don't see anyone else making a big deal when Gaga rips off her other people.

  76. 76

    Seriously? It has obviously been purposefully copied, the costuming/hair and stage is the same as the original meaning she isnt 'ripping it off' simply borrowing ideas. There is no way Beyonce her self and the record label would just use this in the video clip with no permission. Artists are constantly recycling each others ideas, get over it.

  77. @v@ says – reply to this



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    I'm sooo tires of people saying Beyonce stole someones dance moves. Let's first remember that videos have choreographers. So who ever this choreographer is is the one that stole the moves. You never know maybe she used Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker as the choreographer. Any way it goes they should be happy and thank Beyonce if she uses their moves because before her no one knew who they were!

  79. 79

    are u talking about ripping off perez??? ahaha….well its funny cause gaga is named the biggest copycat ever. simillarities that noone can avoid. but u actually can ..right?u never mentioned gaga as a copycat.everybody does.actually i never saw gaga being original.even her last performance as jo calderone was a ripp off. just ask kelly osbourne.she tweeted that on the vmas night.shame on u and gaga….

  80. 80

    I think it's more a tribute. You can't have something this identical and it not be. Directors pitch concepts for music videos. Whomever directed this one pitched it. And besides Beyonce doesn't claim to be the bringer of all that is original… Unlike some other artists who rip off everyone but claim to be one of a kind. ***cough***gaga***cough***

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  82. 82

    OMG, does she and her people steal everything?