MADONNA: THE QUEEN OF PLAGIARISM
8.2 01. Guy Bourdin
MADONNA PAYS FOR ART PLAGIARISM #1:
Without asking permission or acknowledging his work, Madonna STOLE Guy Bourdin's most famous work for her ugly video.MORE COPY PASTE Madonna was then successfully sued in court by photographer Guy Bourdin's son and reportedly paid out millions. How REDUCTIVE.
9 02. Sergio Lagos
8.7 03. Fritz Lang
Express Yourself is considered Madonna's greatest video of the 1980s. It is also a COMPLETE RIP OFF of Fritz Lang's "Metropolis". If Lady Gaga did a similar video using an old Hollywood film the press, Madonna fans and Camille Paglia would flip out. Here are two videos and an essay detailing the plagiarism:
7.9 04. Ken Russell
Ken Russell apart from being one of history's greatest film directors and a treasure to Great Britain, was radically challenging the Catholic Church in the 1970s with "The Devils" and "Tommy". Madonna and crud "costume designer" Arianne Phillips blatantly stole Ann-Margaret's white satin room and character Nora Walker from Ken's interpretation of The Who's rock Opera "Tommy" for her Confessions looks. Arianne Phillips is just a vile copycat! The light up life size crosses from Ken Russell's interpretation of the rock opera "Tommy" (as well as the conversion scene in "Mahler") and tons of other imagery. Much of The Confessions era "imagery" was nearly all stolen from Tommy, Mahler, Donna Summer, Amanda Lear and Kylie.
As a very vocal advocate of the restoration and reappraisal of Ken Russell's unparalleled 60 year career this makes me very angry.
8.7 05. Malcolm McLaren
Madonna's most famous "iconic" (yeah right...) song is a COMPLETE RIP OFF of "Deep In Vogue":
For some amazingly convenient reason this song which preceded Madonna's copy cat song, is still unknown in the States. Madonna steals ideas when a cultural trend from poorer artists is brought to fruition, willi ninja and other true dancers worked on Voguing and perfected it, madonna just stole something after it had the final touches.
7.7 06. Jayne Mansfield
Worst Steven Meisel cleavage madonna photoshop fake EVER below. Photos of the very small Madonna pathetically trying to be the buxotic hourglass Mansfield would have been more professional if they'd painted in an entire black magic marker against Madonna's bony chest.
(Hint-Retouching a big thick black shadow on a body builder's chest and "smudging the shadows" is not "cleavage" and Jayne was not cut with bicep bulge and lats!)
Madonna is severely lacking in many key Mansfield features.
6.5 07. R.J. Williams
Rip off. Total complete RIP OFF. Mr. Williams will most likely not have the money to cover his legal fees against the female MTV equivalent of Wal mart. Madonna has been STEALING from low income artists her entire career.
9.8 08. Fairuz
MADONNA PAYS FOR OUT MUSIC PLAGIARISM #1:
The Madonna album version of "Erotica" samples "El Yom 'Ulliqa 'Ala Khashaba" ("Today, He Is Held to a Cross") by Lebanese singer Fairuz from her 1962 album Good Friday - Eastern Sacred Songs. Madonna used that prayer more prominently in her "The Beast Within" track. Fairuz sued Madonna for $2.5 million for plagiarism over the section/sampling. In "Erotica", Madonna repeatedly chants over Fairuz's voice "All over me". An undisclosed settlement was eventually reached between Fairuz and Madonna, but the scandal caused both the single and the album to be banned in Lebanon.
8 09. Salvatore Acquaviva
EXPRESS YOUR CHEAT: MADONNA EXPOSED LEGALLY FOR MUSIC PLAGIARISM:
On November 18, 2005, a Belgian judge seated in Mons ruled that the opening four-bar theme to Madonna's "Frozen" was plagiarized from the song "Ma vie fout le camp", composed by Salvatore Acquaviva of Mouscron. The judge subsequently ordered the withdrawal from sales of all remaining discs, and forbade any further playing of the song on Belgian TV and radio. The judge also ordered Warner, EMI and Sony to publish and spread the decision within fifteen days to various media outlets on pain of a penalty of €125,000 for non-compliance with the court order.
The Belgian radio station Donna held a Top 5000 music chart program from 17 November to 12 December 2008. The song "Frozen" reached place 143, but because of the legal status of the song it could not be played. The radio hosts asked their listeners to watch the music video on YouTube, while there was approximately 5 minutes of radio silence. The song is omitted from the tracklisting on the Belgian pressings of Celebration.
7.1 010. Tina Turner
8 011. Max Blagg
MADONNA PAYS OUT FOR MUSIC PLAGIARISM #2:
Mar 18 1998
Madonna's publicist confirms that two lines in the chorus of "Sky Fits Heaven," a song on Madonna's new "Ray of Light" album, are taken from a 1993 TV ad for the Gap starring poet Max Blagg.
Blagg's poem included the lines, "Sky fits heaven so fly it, Child fits mother so hold your baby tight." Madonna's song includes both lines, changing the first to "Sky fits heaven so ride it."
Representatives for Madonna say Blagg agreed to a deal where he was paid for the use of the lyrics, but gets no credit on the track. Blagg was unavailable for comment.
Meanwhile, manufacturers of Magnetic Poetry -- those magnetic word bits usually seen gracing refrigerators and file cabinets -- are claiming that the Material Girl could have used one of its boxed kits to write "Candy Perfume Girl," another song off "Ray of Light."
An employee for Magnetic Poetry noticed the similarities between the lyrics for "Girl" and the words included in one of their products, and the company noted in a press release that less than 4% of the song's words are not found in one of their poetry kits. A spokesperson for Madonna said the singer denied ever having heard of Magnetic Poetry.
6.8 012. Amanda Lear
MADONNA STOLE AMANDA LEAR'S LOOK 100% for her 1970s Euro Disco "Confessions Era" THEFT. Madonna lifts entire looks from other icons and then the press and fans marvel at her "innovation and creativity". BS!
As one Lear fan wrote: " Madonna is all repackaged purloined hype with no substance. Sure at face value Lear is campy, but if you actually pay attention to the music and the words these are really good songs. Amanda Lear is a fantastic lyricist. The verses and her delivery are brilliant. Meanwhile, Madonna can't write for sh**".
7.6 013. Princess Diana
Madonna had always HATED the UK. Then in the mid 90s, her big disco trash scene in Miami got REALLY, sleazy and questionable (even for her) so she suddenly decided to run over to London and pretend she was British- dressing like HRH Diana and eventually exploiting her tragic death with a tacky video and hypocritical speech about the "insatiable need for hype and gossip". Madonna slagged council housing numerous times as well as the NHS, happily insulting the millions of fans who may happen to need both public housing and socialized medicine.
8 014. Biagio Antonacci
Madonna and Jonas "Derek Jarman Rip Off" Aukerland copied the work of director Stefano Salvati. "Ray of Light" is exactly like a clip Salvati once submitted to the former Madonna-owned, Maverick Records. The music video he directed featured Italian singer Biagio Antonacci's performing "Non e Mai Stato Subito." The videos feature Antonacci cavorting and dancing at regular speed against a high-speed background. Madonna lifted all that and the clouds and dreamlike quality because she's rip off. See for yourself:
9.1 015. John Lydon
Above: the living embodiment of Starbucks poser punk
Madonna called one of her Confessions tour segments:
"Never Mind The Bollocks"!!!! RIP OFF!
In an interview excerpt, Lydon reflects:
Yeah, well that’s typical Madonna isn’t it? Let’s face it she gets everything out of someone else’s catalogue.
Interviewer: Has she? You’re not a fan of Madonna’s?
John Lydon: Who would be? I’ve, you know, I love early 40’s movies, I love those style of clothes, I like what us punks used to wear and then when I see it regurgitated on her, I’m not so happy. Alright. She’s not exactly the voice of originality. This is a woman who, well, a couple of years back um, we approached her hubby, you know with view to um, maybe editing, directing a film of my life story based on my book, “ No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs” The curt reply was they’d never heard of me.
Interviewer: They didn’t say that. Madonna? Was it Guy something, what’s his name?
JL: Yeah, yeah. Guy, useless guy.
Interviewer: He’s never heard of…
JL: Well hello, that same week in an English magazine was Madonna wearing a Sex Pistols T-shirt.
6.7 016. Keri Hilson
7.7 017. Jean Harlow
6.6 018. David Guetta
Actually, madonna did make one very stupid attempt at copying Sophia. Sophia Loren is my most favourite actress so this makes me particularly peeved but thankfully (for Madonna's sake) she wisely gave up. Sophia Loren fans are very protective and love her dearly. We are like no other fans.
Back in the 1980s Madonna had "one of Sophia Loren's gowns flown in" for her first Vanity Fair shoots (above right). As one can see there is enough material left in the bust of the dress to house a family of five because Madonna could not/can't fill it.
Sophia Loren, an amazing actress with one, if not thee, most beautiful face in history is a mint ORIGINAL goddess that Madonna could not even replicate with high end computer retouching much less swimming in one of her gowns so she backed down from any further copy paste after this.
(Above: Shoes Madonna will NEVER fill. Goddess Sophia is the opposite of Mangey Madge in every way imaginable.)
7.8 020. Jean Seberg
7.5 021. Sue Lyon
Guess we all know which issue of Vanity Fair Gary Glitter owns. Madonna stole Sue Lyons ENTIRE Kubrick's Lolita look when at the age of 35, Madonna in all her sheer grotesqueness posed as an under age girl looking overtly sexual. Madonna's face was already lined, wrinkle and haggard far beyond her years so the pics were heavily softened and retouched. In the digital era madonna NEVER would have been able to get away the sexualization of children's imagery-that or she'd be competing with Katy Perry.
7.6 022. Roger Waters
5.9 023. Lisa Marie
THIS IS THE BASIC DESIGN FOR THE "ICONIC CONE CORSET" THAT WAS TOTALLY COPIED BY MADONNA AND JEAN PAUL GAULTIER. In 1989, Lisa Marie, a drop dead beautiful Robert Mappelthorpe and Calvin Klein model travelled in the same NYC circles as Madonna and appeared in widely circulated Details magazine swimsuit spread in a conical bra corset style one piece by Sun Blush. THIS IS CLEARLY THE DESIGN THAT MADONNA RIPPED OFF. Lisa was the hottest, bustiest and the nearest to the 50s bombshells of anyone on the scene in the late 80s, (a million times more than Madonna could ever dream of being) so it is clear from where Madonna and Gautier hijacked Lisa's Ballistic Missile bra look for her Blond Ambition tour a year later.
7.7 024. Chrissie Hynde
7.3 025. Uma Thurman
(Above right and directly above right-more magic marker "cleavage" by Meisel)
Whatever film was getting buzz in Hollywood Madonna just HAD to become a copy cat parasite of! And BOTH of the hottest films of 1990 (Henry and June and Dangerous Liaisons) just happened to star Uma Thurman!
It must have killed Madonna with jealousy when Uma Thurman burst on the scene in the late 80's. She was 18, intelligent, busty, blond, beautiful, six feet tall and most of all one of the cinema's greatest actresses. She was also hot enough to melt down the ratings system into the wonderful NC17 which created a halfway between X rated porn and and R Rated film. The first NC17 film was called "Henry and June" and it was a 1930s erotic tale of Paris loosely based on the book of the same name by the French author Anaïs Nin. With bisexuality, tasteful explicit sex and stunningly beautiful imagery the film was hugely controversial. Madonna stole BLATANTLY from Henry And June to create the pathetic "Justify My Love" video AND her 1991 shoot for Rolling Stone. The setting of the RST shoot is virtually a copy paste of Henry and June down to the satin slips, 30s eyebrows, circular restaurant booths, contortionism, Uma as June's heavy stare and bisexuality.
Madonna ALSO ripped off the "Dangerous Liaisons" film costume for her tired lip synch performance of the song "Vogue" at the 1990 MTV VMAs!!
Soon after this, Madonna desperately wanted to eclipse Sharon Stone who had shocked and turned on the world as Catherine Tramell in "Basic Instinct". And after seeing Jennifer Jason Leigh in the brilliant Uli Edel's "Last Exit to Brooklyn" she made the widely panned borderline hardcore film "Body of Evidence" with him.
7.5 026. Alison Goldfrapp
From the UK Telegraph:"Back in the autumn of 2005, Madonna invited Alison Goldfrapp, former convent-school girl, two-million-record-selling singer and extremely reluctant celebrity, to a party. A few months earlier, Madonna had been photographed taking Supernature, Alison's then current album, to a Pilates class; at the party, she clasped Alison's hand, and told her she just loved it. Not long afterwards, Alison was reading a magazine and came across a picture of her recent host wearing a sexy outfit with a jaunty military wedge cap. It was almost identical to one that Alison - who is known for her original stage costumes - had been filmed and photographed in while promoting Supernature.
'I thought, "No - it's Madonna! Why would she…"' Alison says, bemused, when asked about her influence on Madonna and, indeed, several other global superstars. 'I don't quite believe it. It's flattering, you know, but… too weird.' Alison Goldfrapp's speech tends to trail off embarrassedly when you ask her questions like this, but they are justified - at one point Madonna's shift in music and style prompted music industry people to refer to her as 'Oldfrapp'."
6.5 027. Maria de Medeiros
A copy paste of Henry and June right down to the contortionist! (Above right, Steven Meisel's magic marker "cleavage" actually starts at the neck muscle here...) I could not locate a screen cap of the scene in H&J when Anais and June make out in the bar/brothel but the booth and mirror are identical to what Madonna and Meisel stole.
As stated Madonna STOLE the Henry and June imagery for Justify My Love and for her 1991 shoot for Rolling Stone. In Henry and June, Maria de Medeiros played Anaïs Nin who becomes involved in said tormented relationship, having an affair with Henry Miller and also pursuing June. Must have destroyed Madonna that she was not cast in this film.
7.5 028. Nastassja Kinski
In 1983, Nastassja Kinski wore an astonishing sheer black lace dress for a wickedly sexy and bizarre shoot with the late high class porn/erotic photographer Helmut Newton. As one can see, even with the addition of really obvious and amateurish retouching in the form of a smudged black crescent at her left armpit, madonna is a joke.
7.2 029. Nina Hagen
Wore fetish and PVC before madonna did. Nina Hagen was simply far too unique, out there and authentic to make fetish a Wal mart brand like Madonna sadly did.
From Madonna Revelations Blogspot:
"This time she took the look of a German born punk/rock singer Nina Hagen. You may think she did not know about this woman but just think again: in the 80s, Nina Hagen had moved to U.S... conveniently around the time Madonna landed New York's music scene... Back in those days, Madonna was struggling and learning, her style was also more punkish as she was imitating Chrissie Hynde's style and sound. In addition to (most likely) hanging in the very same clubs Nina Hagen might have, a Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis dated Hagen through 1984-1985...Madonna knew about her, so... when Madonna decided to wear a pink wig while promoting Like A Virgin in Europe, the connection was more than obvious."
7.5 030. Bettie Page
ALSO ripped off and stole the cone bra from Bettie Page. Despite Meisel's awful photoshop, they have 100% OPPOSITE FIGURES. Madonna stole most of what she used in the SEX book from her pre-internet when Page was mostly still an underground cult icon (yes Bettie page was not a household name in the 1990s) of pin-up aficionados and not the huge mainstream icon she is today.
6.9 031. Donna Summer
7 032. Gwen Wong
This is a classic example of Meisel and Mange stealing obscure references and giving zero credit. This is one of the most vile and heavily retouched pictures of Madonna there is- more a fabrication than a photograph.
Gwen Wong , Playmate of the Month 1967 is 1967 million times hotter!
7 033. Siouxsie and the Banshees
"I was shocked when I saw Siouxsie at Screen on The Green. This was still before John and I were close. She was walking around wearing some suspenders and a bra with her whole tits out. I was stunned. How could she have the nerve? I think she contributed a lot to the free woman's movement. Madonna got it all from Siouxsie, who was totally on her own then."
from John Lydon's autobiography
"No, Blacks, No Irish , No Dogs"
5.3 034. Nicola Roberts
So Madonna fans.
A question for you all.
If Madonna had released "Beat of My Drum" (below link with it's cheerleader chorus of L.O.V.E!) and then Lady Gaga had released "Gimme All Your Luvin" about a seven months later, what would you say?
Both songs feature cheerleader-style choruses with Madge's track, which is produced by William Orbit, featuring the lyrics: 'L-U-V Madona'.
On Twitter fans rushed to compare the songs with zappomatic saying: 'I like the new Madonna song but a bit of it sounds rather borrowed from Nicola Roberts.'
Peet_tweets tweeted: 'The new Madonna single sounds like its been lifted straight off Nicola Roberts album!'
THAT'S BECAUSE IT IS.
6.8 035. September
7.3 036. Wendy O Williams
The late, great and much missed Wendy O Williams, Queen of ShockRock and lead singer of the punk/metal rock group the Plasmatics. The first female singer to ever simulate masturbation on stage, a dubious honour perhaps but Wendy came from true fetish, punk and sex performance/industrial art culture and it was her life NOT a costume or a disposable fad to make money.
Wendy was brutally beaten by police officers and harassed during numerous performance yet there were no cultural critics, feminist elites and media surrounding her with the kind of protection that Madonna received. Wendy O was a true hardcore rocker with one of thee most perfect bodies in showbiz history (Google pics I'm not exaggerating) and Madonna stole her open cupped, bare breasted, nudity in public shock value, leather holster 100%. Wendy O did ALL the sex onstage shock first and it was powerful as hell. (Too bad Madonna did not steal some of Wendy O's humanity and animal activism as well.)
Out of all the people on this page, this rip off is perhaps the most unjust. Therefore, I cannot on principal allow a comparison picture of Madonna and her sad leather harnessed norks on the Gaultier runway with that "just ate dog excrement" smirk across her face alongside a pic of the beautiful Wendy O Williams.
8.3 037. Horst P. Horst
7.3 038. Billie Piper
The public enmasse were mostly done with Madge over in the states so she started stealing video concepts from Brits. In between rip offs she issued statements about how "ugly and Soviet like" council housing is and who "antiquated and Victorian" the NHS is. Madonna is truly the lowest form of life to take unneeded nasty jabs at the poor and working classes.
7.6 039. Gina Lollobrigida
Madonna does a terrible imitation of the Cincetta goddesses and as an Italian myself this does not surprise me- you have to be NATURAL. Madonna lacks the natural lushness of the 1950s Italian Goddesses and is more of a precursor to Jersey Shore. She was at least not stupid enough to attempt Sophia Loren whom, as with La Lollo and Claudia Cardinale, physically and talent wise she is the complete opposite of in every way.
8.8 040. Debbie Harry
Madonna will never the ability to create the kind of music that Debbie Harry has made-with or without Blondie. Parallel Lines, Eat to The Beat, Auto American and even Hunter are seminal, ground breaking albums that fused all styles and genres of music-more works of art and craftsmanship than Rock music-yet Blondie was an authentic rock band too. Harry's solo disc, "Koo Koo" was authentic and eccentric art rock right down to the awesome H.R. Giger portrait. Madonna just will never measure up to her originality and what Debbie Harrry represents to music history.
THERE WOULD BE NO LADY GAGA, NO BRITNEY, NO GWEN STEFANI, NO KATY PAYOLA AND NO MADONNA WITHOUT DEBBIE HARRY!
Blondie singer Debbie Harry has RIGHTLY accused Madonna of stealing her look when she rose to fame in the 1980s.
Harry was an up-and-coming musician when Madonna became a pop sensation with her self-titled debut album in 1982,she stole the idea for her platinum blonde hairdo from Debbie Harry. 100% RIP OFF!
She says, "I came right up against the Madonna thing...she had a lot of my looks. If you look closely, sometimes there's pictures of her and me that completely overlap."
ONE DOES NOT HAVE TO LOOK CLOSELY! MADONNA IS A RIP OFF ARTIST!
8.2 041. Marilyn Monroe
Madonna has NOTHING close to the hourglass figure, face, talent and voice of Marilyn.
From Huffington Post member, The Eye Roller:
"Besides "Material Girl" video, Madonna copied Marilyn Monroe's appearance at "How To Marry A Millionaire" première when she performed at the 1991 Oscars which was also a rip off of Marilyn from start to finish; copied many MM photos in April 1991 issue of Vanity Fair; copied one of MM's looks in "Bus Stop" on Truth Or Dare posters (aka In Bed With Madonna); copied MM's April 1952 Life Magazine cover in a scene from Who's That Girl; copied MM riding a circus elephant (same exact costume) in a Japanese TV commercial; copied 1960s MM in Hard Candy promotional photos.
Copying the same star on and off for 30 years is called a RIP OFF, NOT a tribute, NOT an inspiration."
Factor in TWO SNL appearances, the Marilyn COPY PASTE folly that went into major motion picture Dick Tracy, Shanghai Surprise, Who's that Girl etc and the above quote by The Eye Roller says it ALL.
Flea Dip Anti-Madonna site, Copydonna/Somebody, Madonna Revelations Blogspot for the pics , The Eye Roller and all the anons who have sent in copy paste tips.
7.4 042. Ann-Margret
Rip of off Ann as Nora Walker doing "Smash The Mirror" from Tommy right down to the medallions on the maxi dress! The art direction for the "TV Studio" and "Uncle Ernie" sequence is combined and lifted as well. PLAGIARISM and one that few of her fans under 30 would catch as most are familiar with Tommy the stage play not the film. Even the white satin curtains were stolen. The late, great Shirley Russell (the Edith Head of British costumers) created the costumes for Tommy and deserves credit for ALL of this! Madonna assumes that her under 30 fans will never have seen Tommy and any of her older fans who have will not care.
6.9 043. Kirsten Dunst
6.6 044. Annie Lennox
7.3 045. Dita Parlo
Dita Parlo was a 1930s German film actress. In more recent times, she has been ripped by Madonna, who said she had been "fascinated" by Parlo, and took her name for the character she created ("created"?)for her Sex book and Erotica album. Its title track commences with the line "My name is Dita, I'll be your mistress tonight... "
LEAVE THESE CLASSICS ALONE RIP OFF!
7.3 046. Rachel Williams
Madonna's ENTIRE "Sooner or Later" number at the 1991 Oscars was a complete rip off of Monroe's number "Specialization" from "Let's Make Love".
Rachel Williams was a model who was everywhere in the late 80s- mid 90's and she modelled the silver Bob Mackie Marilyn Monroe gown in a very popular Fall 1990 issue of US Elle. Madonna desperately tried to copy her Bob Mackie gown look, but as usual, Madonna just couldn't measure up to the precedent of the original. Although the dress has built in push up padding, Madonna gave the impression of as square body builder in a yellow wig.
She cannot pull off old Hollywood despite what the media has always claimed.
6.7 047. Gwen Stefani
7.8 048. Liza Minelli
8.2 049. Bette Davis
Madonna has ripped off Bettie Davis many times.
6.9 050. Public Enemy
"Justify My Love" was written by Lenny Kravitz, Ingrid Chavez and Madonna. Kravitz wrote the song for Madonna, based on a poem written by friend and Prince protégé Ingrid Chavez. Kravitz added the title hook and chorus. Madonna contributed a few lines. Chavez was not credited for the song and later sued Kravitz in 1992. She received an out-of-court settlement, and gained a co-writing credit. Madonna sampled the intro found on Public Enemy's instrumental, "Security of the First World", and used it as the basis of the song without permission.
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