Over the weekend, the video for Erykah Badu's "Window Seat" premiered on her Web site and immediately caused a stir.
With an explicit nod to Matt and Kim's "Lesson Learned" video — in which the duo strip in the middle of Times Square — Badu sheds her clothing while walking through downtown Dallas in her clip. Almost as soon as she is totally nude, Badu is shot in the head, falling near the same grassy knoll near where President Kennedy was shot in 1963. Instead of blood, animated words that spell out "groupthink" leak from her head on the sidewalk.
"They who play it safe, are quick to assassinate what they don't understand," she speaks, off camera. "They move in packs, ingesting more and more fear with every act of hate on one another. They feel more comfortable in groups, less guilt to swallow. They are us. This is what we have become, afraid to respect the individual."
On Sunday night, the singer was active on Twitter, explaining the video, which was directed by Coodie. "We only had 1 shot to get it right," she wrote. "We didn't plan the shot. Coodie and I just went raw dog. Too busy looking for cops and being petrified."
The singer also explained that the entire scene of her walking and stripping down took just a couple of minutes. They got their footage and ran like hell.
"The people caught in the shot were trying hard to ignore me," Badu tweeted. "Lol, [except] one guy grabbing [my] clothes. ... He disappeared. Didn't have time to look for him or clothes. We ran. It was the peeps off camera yelling.
Despite people who shouted at her, she said, "I held my head up and kept moving. ... There were children there. I prayed they wouldn't be traumatized."