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Beyonce Responds To Countdown Copycat Claims!

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After days of being under fire for borrowing Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's Rosas danst Rosas to create her own Countdown, Beyonce acknowledges the claims.

In a statement, she doesn't deny copying Anne, but says:

Clearly, Rosas danst Rosas was one of many references for my video Countdown. It was one of the inspirations used to bring the feel and look of the song to life. I've always been fascinated by the way contemporary art uses different elements and references to produce something unique.

Well at least she doesn't deny it! We definitely respect that!

Keersmaeker, who is in talks with her legal team, says Bey's video has "little edge to it" and is "seductive in an entertaining, consumerist way."


What makes this 'borrowing' so shocking is how even the shots are the same. It wasn't just the dance moves or a look being duplicated, it was the whole concept of the shot (see video above)!

We know Beyonce has a lot of great, original ideas in there — like the baby bump reveal! We want to see more of those!!

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31 comments to “Beyonce Responds To Countdown Copycat Claims!”

  1. 1

    To copy something so exactly and not ask permission?? No excuse for that.

  2. 2

    Wow, this is a blatant rip-off.

  3. 3

    Reference? She copied the whole thing.

  4. 4

    She always says the same shit! i say… SUE THE BITCH!!!!!

    By doing so; she will learn her lesson!!!

  5. 5

    Maybe you should take your fascination a step further then and actually choreograph something unique instead of stealing from someone else's creative endeavors. But let's face it, very few things in "pop culture" are unique. Not Madonna, Gaga, Katy, Rhianna, or Beyonce. They sell sex and with rare exception is there anything with substance. Gaga has more substance than any of them, but still she her act is the feminine regurgitation of Alice Cooper, Elton John, Marilyn Manson and many other artists who are not as mainstream.

  6. 6

    PLEASE DIE!!! Thank you.

  7. 7

    Who gives a fvck. Justin been stealing from everyone for years.

  8. 8

    wow No shame there eh Beyonce!

  9. 9

    So I can write a book but copy one of the chapters from another book and that's not plagiarism? I'm just taking 'inspiration' from that other book, right Beyonce?

  10. 10

    "Inspiration" LOL. It's a direct copycat.

  11. 11

    Single Ladies all over again.

  12. 12

    So what! I copy shit all the time. WTF I can't see something and get inspired by it and copy it? EVERYONE ON HERE HAS COPIED OR IS COPYING SOMETHING OR SOMEONE. Her Run the World dance routine was inspired by a group of male African dancers. She found them and worked with them for her video. Every fucking movie in hollywood these days is a copy from another country. I wasn't even aware of this bitch Anne, but now maybe I'll look her up. THANKS B.

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  14. 14

    Wow, that is just so in your face. I feel totally cheated. As it appears that Beyonce's choreography was not a collaboration with the artist whose moves she replicates, I sincerely hope that Ms. Keersmaeker's compensation is great enough for all those players to sit up and take note that it's not okay to steal someone elses work!

  15. 15

    Beyonce is sooo unoriginal! Yet people act like shes god or something! Get over it Beyonce, Your time has passed!

  16. 16

    You steal, you go to prison. It's that simple.

  17. 17

    She needs to hire Rihanna's songwriters! It's a shame Jay-Z put more into Rihanna's career than his OWN WIFE'S!

  18. 18

    she obviously doesn't know the difference between referencing and plagarism. Still doesn't make it right, sue the cow!!!

  19. 19

    I love Beyonce, but it has become obvious lately that she is a performer not an artist. Everything she does she saw somewhere else.

  20. 20

    I'm sure with Bey's money and large roster of lawyers, they will make it possible that Bey isn't sued for her 'inspiration'.

  21. 21

    I'm quite disappointed, to be honest. Over the years Beyoncé has become an excellent dancer, and I remember hearing that she also was the choreographer behind her "infamous" dance moves - but no. It seems as though she has taken almost every move from someone else, and most of the time doesn't ask for permission. It's disrespectful and shows a sense of entitlement, thus I have lost quite a bit of respect for her as an artist. If she can't respect others, why should anyone respect her?

  22. RB7 says – reply to this


    reading these comments is hilarious. who cares if she copied it? does it affect ur life?…no didn't think so. i'm not her biggest fan by any means but she's an undeniably talented dancer and singer and excellent performer. so what if she recycled a few dance moves, i'd like to see any of u create completely unique concepts for the amount of songs she's released. in my opinion its impossible for any form of art to be entirely original anymore.

  23. 23

    Sorry…you didn't ask permission to 'copy'. And this went a lot further than 'inspiration'. You are stealing, Beyonce. Period.

  24. 24

    Re: trinigirl123 – you need to understand what inpiration means, copying is not being inspired being inpired is seeing a painting of an ocean and then painting your own UNIQUE ocean painting. not painting a replica of the one you saw. either you are obviously a fan of hers that will denying any wrong doing by her or you are just dumb. i hope your a fan

  25. 25

    Re: RB7 – because its wrong and we are making this thief and a lier rich sometimes you can care about whats right and wrong even if it doesnt effect you personally…and a lot more people could do those moves if their job was to learn how to do them, but the point is she shouldnt steal other peoples work, does the person who came up with (the german lady) not matter because she;s not famous. this is her lively hood and her work is being lifted and given credit to someone else. stop supporting the idea that just because someones famous they matter more than someone who isnt.

  26. 26

    if someone got "inspired" by Beyonce's song, her and her team would sue/make sure that song is never played on air, and that person would get a lot of hate

    but when Beyonce gets "inspired" by a choreographer, that choreographer does not get paid for her work, while Beyonce and her team does get paid, and the choreographer gets hated on by Beyonce's fans saying "you should be thankful" ….right cause I'd totally be thankful for not getting my pay

    such a shame choreography does not have the same protective laws as music/writing

    hmm I'd like to see these artists come up with their dance movements, no choreographers, lets see where they get to. Sure they can be good learners/dancers, but that's the easier stuff, come up with your own routine

  27. 27

    Big deal, there're like a billion old movies that the video got reference to. She should feel honored that they even remember her stupid moves nowadays.

  28. 28

    The video looked like a take Leslie Caron movie. I bet if you looked thru some french films or dance works from the 60's Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's Rosas danst Rosas would look very familiar. Yes Beyonce copied her, but nothing about Anne's work is original.

  29. 29

    perez how come you havent said anything about beyonce's appearing and disappearing baby bump?!

  30. 30

    Music stars reference other people's work all the time.
    Shania Twain's "I feel like a woman" video copied Robert Palmer's
    Lady Gaga copied Paulina Rubio in the "Telephone" video with the caution tape
    Justin Timberlake, Usher and Chris Brown have all used MJ's moves in their music videos
    The list goes on and on
    You didn't have anyone accusing these artists of plagiarism because it is not; copyright infringement can only be ruled when a certain artist tries to confuse the public into thinking that the artwork in question is theirs.
    Secondly, dance moves cannot be copyrighted. if that were the case, anyone wanting to dance the tango, lambada, etc. would be sued.
    You din't have the makers of "Candyland" sue Katy Perry for california girls when she clearly used the concept, colors, design of the board game.
    This bitch needs to give it a rest

  31. 31

    "Well at least she doesn't deny it! We definitely respect that!".. ARE YOU KIDDING ME ???
    How could she deny it ! IT IS ON VIDEO. THE PEOPLE WHO CREATED THAT PERFORMANCE ARE STILL ALIVE !!! How could she possibly deny it ???
    If she was that "honorable" she would have NEVER PLAGIARIZED another artist's work ! EVER !!

    I have ZERO RESPECT for this glamorized strip dancer. She can try to distance herself all she wants from her hood nature by saying that she has an alter-ego but she is not fooling me. She is just a talentless Texas broad who sells sex under the cover of "music".

    Bitch please.