Taylor Swift’s new music video accused of ripping off a 2016 Spike Jonze-directed Kenzo ad

On Sunday night during the iHeartRadio Music Awards, Taylor Swift released the music video for “Delicate,” the fourth single off of her 2017 album Reputation. In the video, directed by her longtime collaborator Joseph Kahn, Swift eschews playing the victim in favor of shaking it off.

The song, according to Swift, describes “what happens when you meet somebody that you really want in your life and then you start worrying about what they’ve heard before they met you.”

And the video largely follows this narrative, with a vacant looking Swift attending a film premiere before slipping into a kind of La La Land fantasy world in which she dances through a hotel lobby undetected before escaping into the rainy streets where she does a split while sliding down a car windshield.

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Taylor Swift performs at the Z100's iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2017 at Madison Square Garden on December 7, 2017 in New York. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Taylor Swift performs at the Z100's iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2017 at Madison Square Garden on December 7, 2017 in New York. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Taylor Swift performs onstage during Z100's iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2017 at Madison Square Garden on December 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Kane/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Taylor Swift performs onstage during Z100's iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2017 at Madison Square Garden on December 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Kane/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Taylor Swift performs during the 2017 Z100 Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden on December 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Taylor Swift performs onstage at the Z100's Jingle Ball 2017 on December 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Taylor Swift performs during the 2017 Z100 Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden on December 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Taylor Swift performs during the 2017 Z100 Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden on December 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Taylor Swift performs onstage at the Z100's Jingle Ball 2017 on December 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
Taylor Swift performs at the Z100's iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2017 at Madison Square Garden on December 7, 2017 in New York. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Taylor Swift performs at the Z100's iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2017 at Madison Square Garden on December 7, 2017 in New York. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - DECEMBER 02: Taylor Swift performs during 99.7 NOW! POPTOPIA at SAP Center on December 2, 2017 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - DECEMBER 02: Taylor Swift performs during 99.7 NOW! POPTOPIA at SAP Center on December 2, 2017 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - DECEMBER 02: Taylor Swift performs during 99.7 NOW! POPTOPIA at SAP Center on December 2, 2017 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - DECEMBER 02: Taylor Swift performs during 99.7 NOW! POPTOPIA at SAP Center on December 2, 2017 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - DECEMBER 02: Taylor Swift performs during the 99.7 NOW! POPTOPIA at SAP Center on December 2, 2017 in San Jose, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
SAN JOSE, CA - DECEMBER 02: Taylor Swift performs during the 99.7 NOW! POPTOPIA at SAP Center on December 2, 2017 in San Jose, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
SAN JOSE, CA - DECEMBER 02: (L-R) Singers Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran perform at 99.7 NOW! Presents POPTOPIA at SAP Center on December 2, 2017 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/WireImage)
SAN JOSE, CA - DECEMBER 02: Taylor Swift performs during the 99.7 NOW! POPTOPIA at SAP Center on December 2, 2017 in San Jose, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
SAN JOSE, CA - DECEMBER 02: Taylor Swift performs during the 99.7 NOW! POPTOPIA at SAP Center on December 2, 2017 in San Jose, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 01: Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift performs at 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2017 at The Forum on December 1, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 01: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL USE) Ed Sheeran (L) and Taylor Swift perform onstage during 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2017 presented by Capital One at The Forum on December 1, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
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And while Swifties might be quick to declare this another victory, some are calling the video a blatant rip-off a 2016 Kenzo fragrance ad directed by Spike Jonze, starring The Leftover’s Margaret Qualley.

The plots: similar. The dresses: very similar. The setting: that too. The facial ticks and overzealous dance moves: nearly identical.

Have a look for yourself:

 

Of course, the internet being the internet, many were quick to take note, but none more dutiful than New York’s Kenny Wassus, who pointed out some frame-for-frame similarities.

He wasn’t the only one. Some even drew comparisons to Maddie Ziegler in Sia videos and Britney Spears’ 2000 video for the song “Lucky.”

Of course, the line between an artist being influenced by others and stealing from others is a thin one, but either way, the similarities are nearly indisputable.

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