Viewers were not at all amused by Natalia Kills' harsh critique of contestant Joe Irvine on a recent episode of "X Factor New Zealand." The British singer was fired as a judge on the show after accusing Irvine of copying her husband and fellow judge, Willy Moon. She said she was "disgusted" at Irvine's lack of authenticity. Moon quickly jumped in, comparing the young man to Norman Bates; Moon also was fired.
After the episode aired, Twitter users could not stop buzzing about the incident. While some were simply trying to figure out who exactly Kills was, others seized the opportunity to give her a taste of her own medicine. It wasn't long before a series of memes appeared, drawing comparisons to all the famous faces Kills appeared to have borrowed her look from. Countless users quoted her angry tirade while pointing out how similar many of Kills' looks have been to those sported by Lady Gaga, Madonna and Lily Allen throughout the years. Some even likened her to Johnny Depp's character in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."
— Albatraoz (@nicolechoo_) March 17, 2015
— comme fou. (@dyannakmsni) March 17, 2015
Lady Gaga cosplayer Natalia Kills should know better than to accuse someone else of copying a look.
— Calvin (@aurosan) March 16, 2015
One frustrated viewer tweeted, "Natalia Kills is that last artist on Earth who should be judging for artistic identity and originality. Really queen?" The tweet was accompanied by a side-by-side photo of Kills and Lady Gaga sporting similar hair and makeup looks. Others couldn't help but laugh at the fact that Kills would suggest that Irvine simply wearing a suit and combing his hair implied he had stolen Moon's look.
— Kevin Brueck (@kevinbrueck) March 17, 2015
It wasn't just her appearance that came into question regarding originality. Many outraged Twitter users mocked Kills' sound, suggesting that much of it is copied from other artists.
— farisha (@drunkgiggle) March 17, 2015
Even celebrities got in on the action, saying how upset they were by Kills' behavior. According to Idolator, Ellie Goulding used the social network to throw some serious shade at the husband-wife duo, saying: "You sort of have to be, you know, vaguely relevant to have your style stolen just saying."
She quickly deleted the tweet, posting another pointing out how "mean it was" of Kills and Moon to make those comments. Neither Kills nor her husband have issued an apology for their behavior. Kills did, however, thank her fans on Twitter for supporting her "passionate opinions," sharing a link to her song "Problem."
Their silence may in part be due to the fact that they've reportedly fled New Zealand to spend a little time in Los Angeles. According to the Daily Mail, the couple was spotted strolling through LAX shortly after landing.