Rude Boy vs. Galang: Rip off or Inspiration?

So after I gushed over Rihanna’s fun video for her song Rude Boy, commenters started to ‘Go Hard’ on the Beijan princess, saying she had in fact ripped her technicolor, playful concept off of M.I.A’s 2005 video for Galang:

Reader Will said, “I liked this video when MIA came out with it a couple years ago. it was called Galang back then.”
I must admit, the colors and style are very similar, but Rihanna’s version is decidedly steamier. Honestly, there isn’t anything ‘new’ under the sun, and artists are constantly inspired by other artists.
But what do you think? Rip off or Inspiration?


Rihanna, Rude Boy

M.I.A, Galang

Claire

Claire Sulmers is the publisher and founder of Fashion Bomb Daily, the #43 most influential style magazine in the world.

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