The director of FKA twigs’s “Cellophane” video speaks out amidst Lil Nas X's “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” video controversy. pic.twitter.com/5nRhxPjv2V— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) March 28, 2021
Andrew Thomas Wang, who directed FKA's Cellophane video, called out Lil Nas X on his instagram where he said that his label called him to see if he could work with them. He said no so the label moved on and just hired the same choreographer from the Cellophane video.
I think @LilNasX took one too many notes from @Andrew_T_Huang and @FKAtwigs in their new MV. Here is a side by side clip of Cellophane and Montero. You be the judge.#LILNASX #fkatwigs pic.twitter.com/lroBsJxub8— Arthur Tam (@ArthurityTam) March 27, 2021
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.— Andrew Thomas Huang (@Andrew_T_Huang) March 28, 2021
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 Thomas Huang (@Andrew_T_Huang) March 28, 2021
I urge the music community, particularly major record labels like @ColumbiaRecords to respect directors, uphold artistic accountability and honor the ingenuity of artists dedicating their blood sweat and tears to imagine better futures amidst a broken industry. We can do better.— Andrew Thomas Huang (@Andrew_T_Huang) March 28, 2021
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personally, i thought that the pole dancing scene was an homage so i was pretty bummed out when i saw this.