Beyonce's 'SNL' spoof: Why it irked her choreographer

As it turns out, not everyone was amused by last month’s SNL parody of Beyonce‘s music video for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)"—namely, her choreographer, Frank Gatson Jr. "I was the only one who was upset with it," he recently told me. But what’s not to love about the hilarious sketch featuring Justin Timberlake shaking his rump in pumps and a skimpy leotard? "I was upset because I know that Justin’s a great dancer and if he learned the choreography, he could do it really well," Gatson explains. "For [co-choreographer] Jaquel Knight and I, the ‘Single Ladies’ dance is our baby. So, in some really stupid way, we were like, Why are they making fun of our baby?!" Still, he’s learned to let bygones be bygones. "Everybody said, ‘Frank, relax! It was funny.’ And of course, I’ve relaxed about it…If they’re making parodies [of our work] just like they make parodies of politicians and presidents, that means it must be big time. So in that respect, I have to take my hat off to them for doing it." See below for a clip of Beyonce sharing her thoughts about the SNL skit on Ellen.

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  • SammieB

    your baby? please. these choreographers completely STOLE those moves from Bob Fosse. it’s sickening that they get ANY credit. if they were writers or musicians, they would have been sued a long time ago.


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