Erykah Badu's 'Window Seat' video: Singer goes nude at Kennedy assassination site
Unlike out-and-out oddballs like Lil Wayne or Andre 3000, singer Erykah Badu doesn’t get the rep she merits for being one of hip-hop’s most talented weirdos. But that’s changing with the release of her newest video.
Badu has received heat this week for the controversial clip for her song Window Seat, which shows the singer shedding her clothes as she walked along a sidewalk in her hometown of Dallas, near the site where John F. Kennedy was assassinated. At the end, there’s a gunshot, and Badu’s head snaps back as she collapses to the ground, nude.
That in and of itself seems provoking enough, but to add to the controversy, several children are visible in the video as Badu strips down.
A Dallas police spokeswoman told CNN Badu will not face indecent exposure charges. “But if we had had a call and would have caught Ms. Badu in the act of walking down the street taking her clothes off, she would have been charge with a Class B misdemeanor,” Dallas Police Senior Cpl. Janice Crowther said.
So why did Badu do this in the first place? Via Twitter, she explained that the video — which was filmed in a single take — is a statement against “character assasination due to mob mentality/ groupthink.” She is seen behind the wheel of a 1965 Lincoln Continental, and a camera trains on her as she walks toward the infamous book depository. More than a dozen people were standing on the “grassy knoll” when she finished stripping.
“they were yelling, 'THIS IS A PUBLIC PLACE : YOU OUGHTA BE ASHAMED : PUT YOUR CLOTHES ON : DAMN GIRL! etc,” Badu tweeted.
As she reached the spot where Kennedy was first struck by a bullet, the crackle of a gunshot is heard and Badu’s head snaps back and she falls to the ground as if dead.
At least one Twitter follower praised her “great ass and amazing video.” Which has to make her feel good.