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Beyonce Responds To 'Lemonade' Theft Lawsuit

Was 'Lemonade' lifted from another filmmaker?


In addition to the swirl of Becky rumors following Beyonce's Lemonade, so came in rumors of theft and undocumented inspiration. Now, Bey and her squad have decided that enough is enough, and they finally released a public statement denouncing its allegations.

Matthew Fulks is a filmographer who claims Beyonce and her team lifted up to nine ideas from his film Palinoia without proper crediting. The official lawsuit insists that 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."

Mostly, the lawsuit compares the trailer of the two projects, citing certain shots like "graffiti," "parking garage," "black and white eyes," and "the grass scene," amongst the similarities he claim are too obvious to ignore. 

But Bey's lawyers are calling foul, saying that the narratives are clearly separate enough to prove that there was no thievery here. In the documents obtained by TMZin her defense, team Bey focuses on what is special about the project. Lemonade, the statement explains, is a work of art about "an African-American woman who progresses through stages of suspicion, denial, anger and, ultimately, reconciliation in her relationship..." They say Palinoia is instead about a “White man who is distressed in the wake of a failed relationship."

While Team Bey makes a great point, a theme is different from stolen imagery. It should be interesting to see how this all plays out.


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