Regardless of whether she is or isn’t a member of Taylor Swift’s girl squad, Lorde is probably going to get a call from Big T herself today. Because I’m sure the thought of helping Lorde prove that genius Kanye West isn’t as original and creative as he thinks he is has really put some pep in Taylor’s slither. Lorde has performed in a floating glass box, and so has Kanye and Kid Cudi. But according to Lorde, she did it first and Kanye and Kid are blatant copycats.
On Sunday night, Kanye and Kid performed in a large, suspended glass box at Tyler, The Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw festival. That’s also where we saw Kanye’s inflatable air dancer moves.
— Love.Char™ (@superrchar) November 12, 2018
The day after their performance, Lorde posted several pictures to her Instagram Stories comparing her box against Kanye’s box.
Lorde posted a picture of her box from her Melodrama World Tour that she says was taken at a show back in March, eight months before Kanye and Kid crawled into their box. She posed another picture, taken during her set at Coachella this year, that read:
“I’m proud of the work I do and it’s flattering when other artists feel inspired by it, to the extent that they choose to try it on themselves. But don’t steal – not from women or anyone else – not in 2018 or ever.”
Kayne has performed on a floating stage before, back during his Saint Pablo Tour. Except that stage was a flat platform rather than an enclosed glass box. So did Kanye and Kid stay up late one night, copying Lorde’s homework and passing it off as their own? Not according to Kanye’s set designer Es Devlin. TMZ says Es responded to Lorde’s accusations earlier today, and she posted several pictures of the first time her floating glass box was used for a 2007 performance of the opera Carmen.
Sources also hinted to TMZ that Lorde might be the plagiarizer in this situation. Es has worked with Kanye since 2005 on a variety of tours and performances. In 2017, Lorde hired Es to design a floating stage for Lorde’s Coachella performance. Lorde then re-used the same concept for her Melodrama World Tour. The sources go on to say that Kanye has never seen a Lorde show, and side-eye her claims that this is a gender issue. Es Devlin is a woman, and the person responsible for the floating stage concept, not Kanye.
Kanye hasn’t responded to Lorde’s allegation of thievery. But he did tweet that he had a good time performing with Kid Cudi, and also that his already-very-delayed album Yandhi is delayed again.
It felt so good being on the stage last night with my brother Cudi. After performing again, I realize the new album I’ve been working on isn’t ready yet. I’ll announce the release date once it’s done. Thank you for understanding.
— ye (@kanyewest) November 13, 2018
Kid Cudi also hasn’t responded to Lorde. Lorde herself hasn’t amended her original accusation, or attempted to strike back at Es Devlin. So it’s not known who will eventually win this fight. But I do have a feeling it’s going to end with Kim Kardashian getting jealous that she wasn’t included in this whole “Whose box is the best” argument and post the kind of pic that instantly violates Instagram’s community guidelines.