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Erykah’s Just Following Ancient History…

April 3, 2010

No doubt you’ve heard about the ruckus over Erykah Badu’s infamous bump and grind on the Grassy Knoll. Not since Oliver Stone have folks been so pissed off about cameras rolling in Dallas!

Damn, I know the economy is all jacked up, but is it really so bad we can’t even afford real news anymore?

Nevertheless Dallas Police Deputy Chief Mike Genovesi is on the case, y’all:

Genovesi said police had one witness had come forward Thursday, and told authorities that she “observed Ms. Badu remove her clothing on the public street. The witness had two small children with her and was offended.”

Translation: The witness wants her own reality television show centering around allegedly seeing Badu’s boobs, reporting that information to the police after the video went viral – therefore profitable – and all the blingy spoils her fifteen minutes of faux fame entitle her to.

If it was so offensive why did it take several weeks to file a complaint with police? People, please. I can hear the loud rumblings of fame hunger pangs from here!

Badu attempted to shout down her critics:

“I would never disrespect JFK. his revolutionary thinking is my inspiration. my performance art has been grossly misinterpreted by many.”

Uh, okay. So I watched the video, which hopefully will not someday be ruled a criminal offense, and it’s okay. The song sounds pretty much like everything else I’ve heard of hers. In terms of sheer nudity, you could probably see more T&A on a NaGeo special. Still, it’s odd that such Quiet Storm-ish music could cause so much freaking noise!

Coodie, one of the directors of the video told MTV, “I think she really wanted to get arrested and even make a bigger message.”

Wow, that’s quite a grasp of the obvious! Don’t hurt yourself.

Then again, I don’t often find occasion to discuss Badu’s artistry, yet here I am sort of doing that.

Erykah: 1 The Rest of Us: 0

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Obviously this is NSFW, though if you’re foolish enough to watch it there your supervisor probably needs to quit you. Watch your pervy stuff at the public library like everyone else!

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. April 3, 2010 10:47 am

    She’s really rockin the auntie shape in the video. I love the looks on the faces of the people in the background who pick up her discarded running shoes and watch her butt fading into the foreground.

  2. msjacks permalink
    April 3, 2010 1:03 pm

    I am becoming intensely bothered how, three+ weeks later, everyone is becoming so highly offended by this. She grew up in Dallas, so I actually think that doing a performance art piece (or whatever that was) at the JFK memorial site makes a lot of sense. I grew up ALWAYS hearing about the deaths of MLK and Elvis, since they took place in my hometown. When you grow up in locations like ours, you are barraged with it from day one. She probably thinks about it all the time, and it’s probably one of the first pieces of history she knew much about.

    That said, I think the premise of the video is dumb, she already did it in “Bag Lady” ten years ago, and yes, she was trying to get attention/arrested/whatever. She’s probably mostly just mad that she didn’t get arrested while she was shooting it, so there would be a bunch of hype leading up to the video. But jesus, people! Don’t just give her what she wants!

    And the “witness” can seriously kiss my ass. Like you said, yes, if she was so offended, why wait til now when “coming forward” can majorly benefit her, rather than being an annoying time consuming process on the day it happened.

  3. April 3, 2010 2:37 pm

    Weirdly, somewhere a couple days ago I just saw a video for “La Negra Tiene Tambao”, another woman of color running around naked in the city. Less political methinks and more, holy cow beautiful naked woman in slow motion.

    As a mom I always hate it when ppl say, “But what about the CIHLDRENZ!” So just: if you ever decide to get nude around my family, you’re not Satan incarnate in my view.

    Also, if she would have worn her cotton chonies with snaggy elastic that would have been REAL bad-ass.

  4. April 3, 2010 5:37 pm

    For reals, Robin. I mean even for Eryah this is some low level artistry. I mean she’s pushed boundaries way more outrageous than this, so I’m kind of surprised – though not really – that her nekkidness has resulted in such controversy.

    That witness wants to be on Survivor.

  5. April 3, 2010 5:37 pm

    Ha, seriously. Auntie shapes FTW.

  6. msjacks permalink
    April 3, 2010 5:49 pm

    The Celebrity Apprentice.

  7. April 4, 2010 6:47 pm

    Also, if she would have worn her cotton chonies with snaggy elastic that would have been REAL bad-ass.

    Ha. That would rule.

  8. April 4, 2010 6:47 pm

    Fear Factor 2.0.

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