One Direction Accused of Ripping Off Clubfeet’s Music Video in “You and I”
Directioners have had a full week to digest One Direction‘s latest music video for “You and I.” While there were complaints that Harry Styles got too much screen time compared to his fellow 1D lads, many appreciated elements such as the morphing concept, the beautiful pier, and Zayn Malik & Liam Payne‘s bromance. The only real issue here: The concept may’ve been plagiarized.
Australian production company OhYeahWow looks very similar to the clip OYW made for Australian act Clubfeet‘s award-winning “Everything You Wanted” single, which dropped earlier last year. OhYeahWow said in a statement, “Late Friday night whilst we were busy observing the good traditions of the public holiday, something very suspicious was brought to our attention. It seems that the chaps of One Direction have taken it upon themselves to regurgitate our original concept, as seen in our award-winning clip for Clubfeet’s ‘Everything You Wanted.’ Don’t get us wrong, we here at OhYeahWow are big One Direction fans and are envious of their ability to maintain flawless hairdos. To be crystal clear, OYW has nothing against creative evolution. Artists constantly reinterpret other works that have inspired them and we’re fine with people taking a technique and using it to create something new… The wider problem is, that plagiarism and copycatting is becoming increasingly common and acceptable.”
As we’re sure you’re aware, these are some serious accusations. Do you agree with them? Or do you not see the similarities? Watch both of the music videos back-to-back below, then tell us your thoughts in the comments, or on our One Direction message board.