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Lil Nas X accused of copying FKA twigs shot-for-shot in his Montero music video


Two-time Grammy winner Lil Nas X was accused of copying Grammy nominee FKA twigs shot-for-shot for his Montero (Call Me By Your Name) music video, which dropped Friday.

Between 1:48-2:22, the 21-year-old Georgia native slides down a stripper pole from heaven to hell in a sequence resembling the British 33-year-old’s 2019 music video for Cellophane.

Lil Nas X (born Montero Lamar Hill) even hired the same exact pole choreographer – Kelly Yvonne – that FKA twigs (born Tahliah Debrett Barnett) used for Cellophane. 

Stolen? Two-time Grammy winner Lil Nas X was accused of copying Grammy nominee FKA twigs shot-for-shot for his Montero (Call Me By Your Name) music video, which dropped Friday

Stolen? Two-time Grammy winner Lil Nas X was accused of copying Grammy nominee FKA twigs shot-for-shot for his Montero (Call Me By Your Name) music video, which dropped Friday

The country rapper – who came out as gay in 2019 – co-directed his Biblical video with Tanu Muino and also borrowed the title from Luca Guadagnino’s 2017 film Call Me by Your Name. 

Lil Nas X also reportedly also attempted to hire the Cellophane director Andrew Thomas Huang, who blasted him in a Twitter thread Saturday.

‘I’m a fan of @LilNasX. Old Town Road is iconic. Sharing collaborators is common. Seeing the Cellophane choreographer collab with Lil Nas X is awesome (love a Satan dance). Sharing aesthetics and paying homage is part of the creative process. Collective consciousness exists,’ Huang wrote.

‘Images are also expensive to make. Years of work went into the creation of Cellophane, from physical training to the emotional labor of unpacking Twigs’ life to construct images told her story of trauma and recovery. Cellophane was a confession in the most vulnerable sense.’ 

Between 1:48-2:22: The 21-year-old Georgia native slides down a stripper pole from heaven to hell in a sequence resembling the British 33-year-old's 2019 music video for Cellophane

Between 1:48-2:22: The 21-year-old Georgia native slides down a stripper pole from heaven to hell in a sequence resembling the British 33-year-old’s 2019 music video for Cellophane

Kelly Yvonne (R): Lil Nas X (L) even hired the same exact pole choreographer that FKA twigs used for Cellophane

Pole choreographer Kelly Yvonne and FKA twigs pictured January 26

Kelly Yvonne: Lil Nas X (born Montero Lamar Hill) even hired the same exact pole choreographer that FKA twigs (born Tahliah Debrett Barnett) used for Cellophane

Inspiration: The country rapper - who came out as gay in 2019 - co-directed his Biblical video with Tanu Muino and also borrowed the title from Luca Guadagnino's 2017 film Call Me by Your Name

Inspiration: The country rapper – who came out as gay in 2019 – co-directed his Biblical video with Tanu Muino and also borrowed the title from Luca Guadagnino’s 2017 film Call Me by Your Name

The USC grad continued: ‘When an artist is in a position of power (amplified with the help of major record labels, social media, PR, etc) and repurposes someone’s labor and ideas to serve their brand image, they cause harm by displacing the efforts of the artists who did the original leg work.’

Andrew then called on Columbia Records to ‘respect directors, uphold artistic accountability and honor the ingenuity of artists.’

‘We can do better,’ Huang wrote. 

Helmer: Lil Nas X also reportedly also attempted to hire the Cellophane director Andrew Thomas Huang (R, pictured on the Ukraine set in December 2018), who blasted him in a Twitter thread Saturday

Helmer: Lil Nas X also reportedly also attempted to hire the Cellophane director Andrew Thomas Huang (R, pictured on the Ukraine set in December 2018), who blasted him in a Twitter thread Saturday

Huang wrote: 'Years of work went into the creation of Cellophane, from physical training to the emotional labor of unpacking Twigs' life to construct images told her story of trauma and recovery. Cellophane was a confession in the most vulnerable sense'

Huang wrote: ‘Years of work went into the creation of Cellophane, from physical training to the emotional labor of unpacking Twigs’ life to construct images told her story of trauma and recovery. Cellophane was a confession in the most vulnerable sense’

The USC grad shared side-by-side comparisons and concluded on TikTok: 'While I'm at it. @lilnasx take me off your mood board or hire me'

The USC grad shared side-by-side comparisons and concluded on TikTok: ‘While I’m at it. @lilnasx take me off your mood board or hire me’

‘More specifically – major record labels run by white male executives create a climate of scarcity for struggling artists that pits women and QBIPOC creators against each other. This problem is systemic. Truth is there is space for all of us.’

The frequent Björk collaborator shared side-by-side comparisons and concluded on TikTok: ‘While I’m at it. @lilnasx take me off your mood board or hire me.’

Adding insult to injury, The Old Town Road hitmaker beat FKA twigs for the best music video trophy at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards last year. 

Ouch! Adding insult to injury, The Old Town Road hitmaker beat FKA twigs for the best music video trophy at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards last year

Ouch! Adding insult to injury, The Old Town Road hitmaker beat FKA twigs for the best music video trophy at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards last year

'Why y'all mad?' Lil Nas X seemed more concerned about hate he was getting from outraged mothers clutching their pearls over him giving Satan a lapdance, killing him, then taking over hell in the video (pictured Sunday)

‘Why y’all mad?’ Lil Nas X seemed more concerned about hate he was getting from outraged mothers clutching their pearls over him giving Satan a lapdance, killing him, then taking over hell in the video (pictured Sunday)

He tweeted Saturday: 'I spent my entire teenage years hating myself because of the s*** y'all preached would happen to me because I was gay. So I hope [you] are mad, stay mad, feel the same anger you teach us to have towards ourselves'

He tweeted Saturday: ‘I spent my entire teenage years hating myself because of the s*** y’all preached would happen to me because I was gay. So I hope [you] are mad, stay mad, feel the same anger you teach us to have towards ourselves’

Lil Nas X seemed more concerned about hate he was getting from outraged mothers clutching their pearls over him giving Satan a lapdance, killing him, then taking over hell in the video.

‘I spent my entire teenage years hating myself because of the s*** y’all preached would happen to me because I was gay,’ he tweeted Saturday.

‘So I hope [you] are mad, stay mad, feel the same anger you teach us to have towards ourselves.’





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