Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Erykah Badu's nudity provokes thought, saliva, ire

Posted By on Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at 1:44 PM

Erykah Badu, neo-soul queen and hip-hop's baby mama of choice, has the ’net buzzing with her latest video "Window Seat." It's the first single off her new album, New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh, which drops today.

Shot in downtown Dallas, Tex., the video makes allusions to JFK's assassination as Badu walks through the street near the Texas School Book Depository peeling off layers of clothing. By the time she strips down to her birthday suit, a single gunshot lays her down flat in the same spot President Kennedy was killed. Next to her head, the blue blood spilled on the ground supposedly reads GROUP THINK.

So what should we learn from this, boys and girls?

Well, as many have guessed, it's about how society tends to misunderstand people who choose to wear their individuality on their sleeve, if you will. That, and Erykah Badu's got a fattie. Who knew? (Only Ms. Badu can go nude and still be considered politically correct. Somewhere Trina, the baddest bitch, is pissed.)

Oh, and one other thing. Apparently, shooting a video in downtown Dallas without a permit will get a rise out of the city government, too, as reported by the Houston Chronicle:

On her Twitter feed, Badu says the video "was shot guerrilla style, no crew, 1 take, no closed set, no warning, 2 min., downtown dallas, then ran like hell."

City spokesman Frank Librio says her crew never applied for required permits. He says "guerrilla" film crews who "usually shoot these scenes in one take know that if they are discovered they would face arrest and/or penalties."

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