Taylor Swift's Video for 'I Knew You Were Trouble' A Rihanna Rip-Off? [VIDEOS]
By Diadem Pambid | December 18, 2012 4:06 PM EST
Taylor Swift might be in a little bit of trouble for her music video of "I Knew You Were Trouble." By the looks of it, Swift has been being a bit of a copy cat for the said music video. The Grammy Award winner has been called out for plagiarizing Rihanna and Lana Del Rey's music video ideas. How so?
Being in Hollywood, who has the time to think of something original? Celebrities are called out for copying one style or another and who could blame them? Ironically, the same thing goes for musicians or singers and their music videos.
Country crooner, Taylor Swift recently released the official music video for "I Knew You Were Trouble" last December 13, 2012. That day also marked the singer's 23rd birthday and the video counted as her 23rd music video. While the video has received a lot of great feedback and YouTube views, critics have claimed Swift had copied singer Rihanna and Lana Del Rey's ideas for their own music videos.
Billboard claimed that Swift had copied Rihanna's idea for "We Found Love" in a number of ways. To enumerate, both videos started out with a lengthy monologue, fireworks, romance moments and the main couple dancing on top of chairs and tables in restaurants. The same thing goes for Lana Del Rey's video for "Ride" which features a flash back sequence.
Even the story line for all three videos by three entirely different singers follow the plot of good girl falls for bad boy.
"Good girl falls for bad boy, they do thrilling things together like make out in bars and start fights and get tats, and then it all goes to sh-t when she loses track of homeboy at a rave on the sand and eventually finds him in the embrace of another," explains Chris Martins.
Before alleged critics claim one thing or another, it is best to look at the directing part of the videos. Taylor Swift's music video for "I Knew You Were Trouble", Rihanna's music video for "We Found Love" and Lana Del Rey's music video for "Ride" were all directed by Anthony Mandler.
Thus, it can be concluded that Mandler is known for such effects on music videos. If anything, Taylor Swift did not copy or plagiarize anything. Take a look at all three music videos below and be the judge.
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