Lil Nas X was recently accused of copying FKA Twigs’ music video for 2019’s “Cellophane,” after his “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” music video was heavily compared online to hers.
so fka twigs loses the grammy she should’ve gotten for the cellophane mv to lil nas x and then lil nas x turns around and steals a lot of the concepts from the cellophane mv for his own mv... pic.twitter.com/uRp23HwCUc— kailey (@fallingforshame) March 26, 2021
LIL NAS X IS A BLATANT THIEF, COPYING FKA TWIGS’s CELLOPHANE MUSIC VIDEO CONCEPT - a well needed thread pic.twitter.com/Y6mMMHbcsi— full 180 (@takenolsjustws) March 26, 2021
yeah FKA Twigs deserves her flowers... lil nas x def ripped from Cellophane pic.twitter.com/9EuebiWeJb— Killua Stan ☭ 🇹🇹 🇳🇬 (@HoopsNSickles) March 26, 2021
21-year-old Lil Nas X acknowledged the backlash yesterday on his Instagram saying, “i want to show love to @fkatwigs &a @andrewthomashuang ! the “cellophane” visual is a masterpiece. i was not aware that the visual would serve as inspiration for those who worked on the effects of my video. i want to say thank u to twigs for calling me and informing me about the similarities between the two videos, as i was not aware they were so close. was only excited for the video to come out. i understand how hard you worked to bring this visual to life. you deserve so much more love and praise. 🏹🤍”
Lil Nas X hired pole choreographer Kelly Yvonne for his music video, whom FKA Twigs used for “Cellophane.” In “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” Lil Nas X slides down a stripper pole from heaven to hell in a sequence resembling 33-year-old Twigs’ video. Daily Mail reports Lil Nas X co-directed his Biblical video with Tanu Muino and borrowed the title from Luca Guadagnino’s 2017 film Call Me by Your Name. Lil Nas X also reportedly attempted to hire the Cellophane director Andrew Thomas Huang, who criticized him in a Twitter thread.
Intentional or not, copying other artists’ work happens. Making music videos is a labor of love. The demand for content pushed by major labels renders our work disposable and pits artists against each other.— Andrew Thomas Huang (@Andrew_T_Huang) March 28, 2021
Shortly after Lil Nas X’s Instagram post, FKA twigs posted her own statement on the media platform thanking Lil Nas X for acknowledging the similarities between their two visuals. She wrote: “thank you @lilnasx for our gentle honest conversations and for acknowledging the inspiration cellophane gave you and your creative team in creating your iconic video! i think what you have done is amazing and i fully support your expression and bravery in pushing culture forward for the queer community. legend status.”