Erykah Baduâ€™s Window Seat video is causing a bit of a stirâ€”not just for the birthday suit stroll it depicts, but because it was supposedly shot â€˜guerilla style.â€™ See it here.
The singer says the idea behind the video was to draw attention to the concept of â€˜groupthink.â€™ What better way to shine the spotlight on a philosophical notion than to saunter down a public street stark naked? It works every time.
In the video, Badu struts down the infamous route in Dallas that President John Fitzgerald Kennedy traveled the day of his assassination. As she walks, she strips off pieces of clothing one at a time. She can be seen working her way in between other pedestrians who are clearly shocked to see the â€˜nekkidâ€™ singer.
By the time she makes it to the â€˜Xâ€™ that marks the location of the shooting, she is completely nude. Just as she reaches it, a gunshot rings out, and she collapses. Her lifeless body is then shown oozing blue blood, which spells out the word â€˜groupthink.â€™
Aside from being a tad racy, Erykah Baduâ€™s Window Seat video has also drawn fire from city officials, who say it was not legitimately produced. CBS News ran the following quote from city of Dallas spokesman:
â€œThe production company that produced this video never contacted the City to seek the proper permits. This is known as “guerilla filming” where production companies circumvent the proper permitting procedures and usually shoot these scenes in one take knowing that if they are discovered they would face arrest and/or penalties.”
When asked about how it was shot, Badu admitted it was done in one take, and that people were yelling things at her as she walked. She maintains, however, that the shock value was intended to bring much needed attention to â€˜groupthink.â€™
As of now, itâ€™s hard to track down a copy of the video. When you search for it in Youtube you get a nice little message that itâ€™s been removed due to a copyright violation. Iâ€™ve thrown in the only copy I could find. Weâ€™ll see how long it lasts.
Maybe she can film a video to bring attention to that problem.
Check out a clip related to Erykah Baduâ€™s Window Seat video below.
Photos: www.wenn.com/Carrie Devorah