When Beyoncé served the world Lemonade, not everyone had a taste for it.
Her sixth No. 1 album featured a visually stunning film component that helped bring Queen Bey to impressive new heights creatively. The visual album featured different scenes woven together tactfully to give a deeper symbolic meaning to each track, and the result was an hour-long poem that gave the world chills.
However, one filmmaker wasn't blown away by the project, claiming that Beyoncé’s creative team was aware of his work and stole elements from his 2014 short film to help create certain parts of Lemonade.
As reported, director Matthew Fulks has filed a lawsuit against Beyoncé, Sony, Columbia and her management company, Parkwood Entertainment, alleging that several scenes directly exploited his work.
In his complaint, Fulks shares that he was approached to collaborate with Columbia artists MS MR, and sent over his film, Palinoia, as a reference example of his work. The filmmaker is claiming that while his work was known by the label, they illegally drew directly from it without his permission.
As reported, Fulks shares specific examples that Lemonade borrowed from his film, including “graffiti and persons with heads down,” “red persons with eyes obscured,” and the “grass scene.”
He allegedly is looking to gain profits “attributed to exploitation of his work,” as well as a percentage of the sales from Lemonade.
Check out Fulks's short film in comparison to Lemonade in the videos below.
More on this story as it develops.
(Photo: Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records)