FKA Twigs’ ‘Cellophane’ Director Reacts to Similarities in Lil Nas X’s ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Video
The director of FKA Twigs' "Cellophane" video has spoken out about the allegations that Lil Nas X's creative team copied aspects of his and FKA Twigs' music video for the "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" video.
On Saturday (March 27), director Andrew Thomas Huang addressed the "Old Town Road" singer's latest music video on Instagram, TikTok and Twitter.
Huang shared a side-by-side comparison of the stripper pole scenes featured in the two music videos, which are both similar. Huang also revealed that he was previously contacted to potently direct the "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" music video.
"There's no winning when this happens," Huang wrote alongside the two clips. "Been copied before but this feels different. Lil Nas X's label contacted me [at the] end of last year. Pivoted away then hired the same choreographer from 'Cellophane.'"
"Consider the power you wield and the artists you harm when you capitalize on our blood, sweat, tears, and emotional labor," he added.
After the "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" release on Friday (March 26), fans put the two videos side by side and pointed out extremely similar scenes and visual aspects from both of the videos.
Huang did the same thing and posted the similarities in a TikTok video. "While I’m at it. @lilnasx take me off your mood board or hire me," he captioned the clip.
Huang also spoke about the creation of "Cellophane" and how personal the process was for both him and FKA Twigs. He shared behind-the-scenes clips on his TikTok account to show how "Cellophane" was created.
"Years of work went into the creation of 'Cellophane,' from physical training to the emotional labor of unpacking Twigs’ life to construct images told her story of trauma and recovery. 'Cellophane' was a confession in the most vulnerable sense," he wrote.
Huang noted that "intentional or not, copying other artists’ work happens." He also shared that he believes major labels pit artists against one another, especially women and QBIPOC creators. "Truth is there is space for all of us," he concluded.
Read his full Twitter thread, below.