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Erykah Badu’s “Window seat” Music video Controversy: Too Much or just a Work of Art?

Asked by SassyPink (279points) April 1st, 2010

So there has been nonstop controversy going around about this music artist’s video all over the internet; The video was shot on March 13, 2010 nearby the infamous area where John F. Kennedy got assassinated in Dallas, Texas. This music video involves Badu jogging down the street in public and started stripping off slowly until she was completely nude. After she got completely nude, someone shot her to death out of nowhere (Much like the allusion of JFK’s assassination). At the end of the music video, Badu bleeds out blue ink from her head which reads “Groupthink”—a message she was trying to spark a topic on throughout her video.

Click on either of these two links for more information and for the music video that came with it:
http://www.popeater.com/2010/03/30/erykah-badu-window-seat-video/

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-20001356-504083.html

Another issue involving the making of this music video is that it took place in public with the present of children. She didn’t even gain permission from the government to pull this stunt off for her video which might cost her a fine. Badu even discuss about it on her Twitter page.

So what’s your opinion about it? Is she out of her mind or just being creative with her expression?

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TexasDude's avatar

My opinion:

She’s free to make that video, and she’s also free to deal with the consequences of doing so.

And I’m free to think it’s a retarded idea.

Pretty_Lilly's avatar

I never thought much of her nor her music as she’s an extremist nut !
It’s probably a publicity stunt !

gemiwing's avatar

Good art should cause a reaction, conversation and thought.

It’s not my favorite video (Radiohead wins for that one) yet I appreciate what she was saying. I really appreciate anything that gets me thinking, whether I agree with it or not.

ragingloli's avatar

I think it is a brilliant artistic statement about society.

mrentropy's avatar

I just want to see the nudity.

aprilsimnel's avatar

I think it’s funny how everyone got up in arms. So what? A nude black lady walked down the street for a few minutes. Would they have preferred a blond white guy in a clock tower mowing people down with automatic rifles?

lloydbird's avatar

Very nice voice.
Very nice bottom.

Fenris's avatar

I question only her sense of legal responsibility. I spit on censorship and sexual fear in America, but the law’s the law. Other than that, it’s art.

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