Rihanna’s “We Found Love” Video: Yet Another Plagiarism Scandal For RiRi

This is getting old. After being accused of ripping off Solve Sundsbo for the “You Da One” video and being sued by David LaChapelle for jacking his bright-and-bold style for the “S&M” clip, Rihanna is under fire yet again for swiping a photographer’s style for her music videos. As detected by the sharp eye over at blog Lovebryan, the Talk That Talk singer’s grimy drug-fueled, lust-filled “We Found Love” video seems more than heavily influenced by the works of photographer Sandy Kim. Below, see Kim’s photos compared to the suspiciously similar video stills from RiRi’s clip. (The full NSFW comparison chart can be found here.) 

rihanna we found love sandy kim

We have to agree that much of Kim’s imagery and wild-and-free tone seems to have inspired Rihanna’s video, but as far as it being a direct rip-off? This is the least damning plagiarism case out of all of Rihanna’s plagiarism cases. That said, here’s another one for ya:


Inhaling your lover’s smoke is as commonplace as a hug, right?

Whether this is an homage or a case of sincerely hoping no one knows where you got your ideas, maybe for your next single‘s video, RiRi, double-check that your concept hasn’t been done before?

[Via PopDust]

  • http://dssence.net D.Scott

    Similar but still I don’t think it’s enough

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Antonio-Dueas-Rodriguez/1626766204 Antonio Dueñas Rodriguez

    Agreed.That can’t be consider plagiarism.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carol-Choi/100001132189269 Carol Choi

    people ride bikes ALL the time. this is definitely not considered ripping off someones work. Whoever that is planning to sue her is just seeking for attention because i definitely dont see any signs of copying going on.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Gootschalla/610545913 Robert Gootschalla

    Are you kidding me? First of all, it’s two different mediums. Just because she took a picture of someone throwing up, does that mean that every single instance of puking on film since that photo is plagiarism? No. I can see the similarities, yes. And you could even say that the video is inspired by these photos. But inspired by and copied from are two different stories.

    As Carol Choi said, “Whoever that is planning to sue her is just seeking for attention…”

    True statement.

  • Spardikins

    Having the same idea as someone isn’t illegal. Man, not every one person who comes up with something artsy to do is original. The idea entered YOUR head somehow, just like it can genuinely enter someone else head! The whole concept of rihannas video isn’t something new. I see these types of photos every weekend on facebook. They both had the same idea, not one ripped off the other!

  • Spardikins

    What IS stolen in this video is Dudley’s look from Chris Brown! dangg way to put a guy in your video who looks just like your ex does now.

  • tonymartin834

    it’s nothing else than exaggerated claims in my opinion…

    Rihanna is a phenomenal artist. Best thing that happened to R&B/Soul. BTW If you like her music, watch this cover of “You Da One” it’s almost better than the original http://youtu.be/6iDON2ssi7M

  • Terri

    Why does the chorus in One Direction’s “One Thing” sound note for note like Backstreet Boys “I Want It That Way”. Is it only me that’s noticed????

  • http://www.photographyhongkong.net Georgetta Cokel

    Haha appropriate….