On one hand, Rihanna’s “S&M“ video lawsuit is headed to trial. On the other hand, you know it’s going to be the sexiest trial of all time. “I find that an ordinary observer may well overlook any differences and regard the aesthetic appeal…as the same,” judge Shira Scheindlin wrote in a response to photographer David LaChapelle‘s claim that RiRi’s video ripped off his work. Judge Scheindlin also decided that certain “angles, poses and lighting” could potentially violate copyright law, as well as remarked that Rihanna’s “fair use” defense of the video was “misguided,” though we would like to add it is also “very cool” and “made us want to buy a latex cocktail dress.
While some of his allegations were tossed out of court, LaChapelle’s primary claim of copyright infringement is now allowed to proceed to trial. Rihanna was also sued by photographer Phillip Paulus last month, also for claims of copyright infringement in the exact same view. Let’s hope no one has a copyright on underwear built out of gum balls and Legos, or Rihanna’s concert outfits are going to have her in front of a judge in no time.
Sticks & stones may break her bones, but chains and whips are going to get Rihanna deemed too hot for TV, now that Rihanna‘s “S&M” video is banned in 11 countries. “Southern Asian countries immediately banned it, MTV is considering a re-edit, and BBC Radio 1 has vetoed playing it until after 7pm,” the U.K.’s Daily Mirror reports. The steamy video for “S&M”, which features the songstress wearing see-through latex while walking Perez Hilton on a leash, is about “sadomasochist relationship with the press … it isn’t just about a bunch of whips and chains,” according to director Melina Matoukas. Ah, but of course! It’s just art!
Rihanna tweeted about the scandal after a fan expressed concern that the video would have to be heavily edited for TV. “MTV approved it before hand! So nope,” the flame-haired star reassured them. We hope the drama doesn’t throw RiRi her game, since the announcement just came that Rihanna and Drake will perform at the Grammys together. We personally think the video is more silly than sultry (ice cream covered in gemstones? ball-gags for the press? Adorbs!), but we guess we do live in a country that produced such gems as Madonna‘s “Human Nature” video or Madonna’s “Erotica” video, or…well, anything else Madonna did between 1991 and 1996. So what do you think? Is S&M really that offensive, or is this just Beyonce‘s perfurme commercial scandal all over again? As far as we’re concerned Rihanna could tap dance naked through Times Square and we wouldn’t do anything but applaud, but maybe that’s just us?