Ariana Grande’s Video Accused of Plagiarism

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Courtesy of Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Ariana Grande‘s new music video for “One Last Time” debuted earlier this week, and now the video is facing scrutiny by the group SAFIA. The electronic group claims Grande’s music video is a carbon copy of their video “You Are The One,” which debuted in 2014. Max Landis directed Grande’s music video, which opens with the singer arguing with another man inside of a car. The next scene shows Grande walking in the streets as panicked people are shown running through the crowd. While all of this is taking place, meteors fall down from purple skies. The video ends with Grande getting one last kiss, before the planet is completely destroyed. 

SAFIA’s video was directed by Jimmy Ennet, and just like Grande’s video, it opens with an argument between a man and woman in a car. The woman steps out of the car, and she is met with panicked people running through the streets. Meteors also fall down from purple skies, and the woman and man meet at the end of the video for one last embrace. The band members of SAFIA went on social media to express their anger towards Grande’s record label for allegedly stealing their video concept. “This might just be a coincidence but to us it looks like either the people at Ariana Grande’s label or the film maker have seen our clip for You Are The One & reworked the concept a little bit and then straight up stolen and copied some bits…(ESPECIALLY THE END!),” the band wrote on Facebook.

The band’s social media rant continued by SAFIA stating that this kind of theft is all too common. “Wouldn’t be the first time uncreative talentless f***s from big labels and/or big film firms steal ideas from small independents creatives who are trying really hard to make something different for a change,” SAFIA wrote on Facebook. 

The band’s Facebook rant did not go unnoticed, and they received multiple death threats on social media. Consequently, the band retracted all of their statements and simply called the similarities between the two videos “a coincidence.” They also said there was no way it could be proven that someone from Grande’s camp ever saw their music video. “We’re not after Ariana, Max, or their label either, we were simply voicing our concerns in what is sometimes a common occurrence in the music industry,” SAFIA stated. It should be noted that Grande said she came up with the concept for the music video, and she approached Max Landis to shoot the video. According to Grande, Landis said her concept was very unique and brave, and he couldn’t wait to film it. 

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