Beyoncé’s copped quite a bit of flack lately. In between trying to figure out who “Becky with the good hair” is the star is reportedly dealing with some serious of legal claims, we’re talking copy right issues. Yep, that’s right. Queen Bey has been accused of stealing the idea of Lemonade from an independent filmmaker!
Director Matthew Fulks alleges that Beyoncé copied the concept for her Lemonade trailer from his short film Palinoia. Funnily enough the trailer was posted on YouTube approximately a week before Bey’s album dropped.
TBH we’d never heard of Palinoia before, but Fulks reckons he was contacted about an opportunity to direct a video for MS MR, which resulted in him sending links to a bunch of people including Brian Younce, who has in the past made vids for Queen Bey.
It all seems a little shady, but Fulks has already found a total of nine similarities between Palinoia and Lemonade which take up 39 seconds of the 60 second trailer. These are "graffiti and persons with heads down," "red persons with eyes obscured", "parking garage", "stairwell", "black and white eyes", "title card screens", "the grass scene," "feet on the street", and "side-lit ominous figures".
Legal documents suggest “The number of aesthetic decisions included in Plaintiff’s Palinoia Work that are parroted in Defendants’ Lemonade Trailer demonstrates that the Lemonade Trailer is substantially similar to the Palinoia Work.”
And apparently, "The misappropriated content includes both the particular elements that the Plaintiff chose to comprise the Palinoia Work and the coordination and arrangement of those particular elements."
Hmmm… so sketchy! Checkout the two vids below and see if you can spot the similarities or not.