Paramore singer Hayley Williams took to Instagram to push back against accusations that the videos she has released so far from her upcoming solo debut are using imagery plagiarized from Swedish star Jonna Lee, better known as ionnalee and iamamiwhoami.
A number of users posted screenshots last week on Twitter comparing Williams’ videos with those of Lee, accusing Williams and her team of blatant plagiarism and artistic theft. The visuals are very similar, to the point that many believe Lee was subtweeting Williams when Lee tweeted, “Plagiarism is never flattery. Use your own brain and body.”
Williams finally spoke out on Instagram, explaining, “Earlier today I think an artist accused me of plagiarizing her work. I was very shocked by that accusation. And even more so because I did not know who this artist was. That’s no slight to this artist because now that I know of them, they seem pretty brilliant.”