Immediately after the arrival of Ariana Grande's apocalyptic "One Last Time" video, accusations of plagiarism have been leveled. Australian band Safia says the video, directed by Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis, bears an uncomfortable resemblance to "You Are the One," a clip that debuted in September 2014. The band wrote on its Facebook:
"This might just be 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!) Wouldn't be the first time uncreative talentless fucks from big labels and/or big film firms steal ideas from small independent creatives who are trying really hard to make something different for a change..."
Safia also shared a post comparing the lovers' embrace at the end of the videos, one where a glowing sky lights the background while comets streak down from above. (See the side-by-side up top.)
The band backed off after having "a really weird 72 hours" where the situation "escalated very quickly. … 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."
It sounds like the dust has settled, but we're looking to you, readers. Watch the two videos below and then vote: Was this plagiarism?