In making a statement through artistic expression, as most artists do, Erykah Badu has found her self being fined $500 for being nude without a permit in Dallas after shooting her video for “Window Seat.” Nudity seems to be the biggest problem with this video, which was shot around the area John F. Kennedy was shot. It features the celebrated artist walking around the area, slowly stripping away clothing. Toward the end of the video, Badu is shot by an assassin off-camera. Badu later speaks on her concerns over repression and the lack of understanding among individuals. The video has come under scrutiny because of it being shot in front of children.
I think the statement Badu made was very valid. The location was all a part of the point she was trying to make. Some say this is another case of the music video gone too far, but I feel people are getting too uptight about things. Some may say we’re getting to careless, but it’s art, and an opinion at that. If you don’t like what Badu did or what she has to say–or any artist, for that matter, don’t watch.
You can watch Erykah’s “Window Seat” video below. Wanda Sykes made a spoof called “Middle Seat” that you can watch here.
Sources: LA Times Blog, AJC Buzz