The clip – which was largely filmed in Mumbai – casts Queen Bey as a Bollywood actress who appears in the clip wearing, at times, what seems to be traditional Desi clothing.
Although the video also features actual Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor, internet commentators have been quick to cry “cultural appropriation!” taking aim at Bey and Coldplay for exploiting Indian culture for their own profit.
It’s a debate that continues to rage in the music world – the question of whether or not adopting another culture’s dress or style is OK, particularly when said dress or style has ties to deep religious beliefs.
Similar accusations have been levelled at popstars such as Lily Allen, Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus in recent times.
The sensitive issue also led the international Glastonbury festival to ban the wearing of Native American headdresses for those who aren’t actually Native American.
Neither Coldplay nor Beyonce has publicly commented on their own controversy at this time.
Meanwhile, the pair are set to take the stage together in just over a week to perform at the annual Superbowl halftime show.
Check out their video Hymn For The Weekend, as well as some of the things that the internet has been saying about it (via The Telegraph) below.
Watch: Coldplay Feat. Beyoncé – Hymn For The Weekend
Beyoncé did nothing wrong…y'all really gotta learn the difference between appreciation and appropriation
— Oliver Queen (@Cyyyyyddddd_) January 29, 2016
beyonce's misrepresenting & appropriating desi culture in this video but y'all don't wanna talk cause she's B? pic.twitter.com/pawzvorbuS
— aishah (@LIPSTICKGUNZ) January 29, 2016
Is Beyonce gorgeous in the vid? Yes. Is it cultural appropriation? Yeah. It could've been done without the exotica and mysticism. #HFTW
— David (@Dreams_on_Paper) January 29, 2016
why didn't they choose another desi woman instead of beyoncé
— numidian king (@NORTHAFRICANS) January 29, 2016
I lowkey think Beyonce appropriated our culture bc the video was by Coldplay and not by a Desi artist
— Keith (@holmeslaufeyson) January 29, 2016
when Kylie wears a bindi its appropriation but when Beyoncé is in full blown desi attire its appreciation??? ok
— Syeda (@syedaaaa_) January 29, 2016
Beyonce's appropriation was unnecessary imo. If it was someone white it would've been racist. I think there's a difference
— ☭ (@commie_mami) January 29, 2016
Pretty disappointed in Beyonce for that appropriation of Indian culture. Good thing I wasn't planning to listen to the song anyway.
— Meek from Statefarm (@ifthisworldwere) January 29, 2016
i dont even know what to say about this coldplay video except can white rock bands please stop filming holi videos in india, thank you.
— ahmed ali akbar (@radbrowndads) January 29, 2016
Cultural appropriation is about power structures just as with racism. How is Beyoncé, a black woman, offensively appropriating?
— nygma (@Seauxmali) January 29, 2016