Soon after learning that she will be charged with disorderly conduct for the nude shoot of her new music video, “Window Seat” — for which she faces a fine up to $500 — [artist id="872"]Erykah Badu[/artist] appeared on the “The Wanda Sykes” show on Saturday. In her first interview about the video, the singer denied that she intended the clip to dishonor the late President John F. Kennedy.
“My point was grossly misunderstood all over America,” she said of the video, which she made at Dealey Plaza, where JFK was assassinated in 1963. “JFK is one of my heroes, one of the nation’s heroes. … John F. Kennedy was a revolutionary; he was not afraid to butt heads with America, and I was not afraid to show America my butt-naked truth.”
Sykes showed her own, less successful version of the video, “Middle Seat,” to an amused Badu, who also performed her single live (albeit fully clothed).
MTV News recently spoke with Coodie and Chike of Creative Control, the directors of “Window Seat,” who said Badu fully understood the possible repercussions of not only filming without a proper permit, but also of the public nudity.
“We had bail money and everything,” Coodie said. “I think she really wanted to get arrested and even make a bigger message.”
According to the The Dallas Morning News, an official from the Dallas police department said the Grammy winner’s citation is a misdemeanor that’s the equivalent of a traffic ticket. Deputy Police Chief Mike Genovesi told the paper that a witness had come forward and claimed to have seen Badu strip on the street. “The witness had two small children with her and was offended,” he said.
On her site, Badu recently released a second version of the video, titled “Window Seat (Reexamined),” shows the original footage in reverse. Her album, New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh, was released last week.