Erykah Badu entered a not-guilty plea Wednesday for stripping down in public for her much-talked-about “Window Seat” video .
In March, the 39-year-old soul singer went sans clothing in Dallas’ busy Dealey Plaza during the video shoot; she later was charged with disorderly conduct in relation to the music video.
“I thought it was a move for women and men and children who feel they weren’t good enough,” Erykah Badu told MTV News on April 8 about the controversial clip. ” ’This is just me. I’m good enough.’ I felt it was important enough to do. More pros than cons.”
In Badu’s video, she sheds her clothes while walking through downtown Dallas, and almost as soon as she is totally nude, she 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.
The singer has said that she chose to go nude in Dealey Plaza because it’s one of the most popular locales in the city.
Badu didn’t file for an official permit to shoot the video. The directors of the video, Chike and Coodie, told MTV News that they were well aware of potential attention from law-enforcement officials. They also said Badu was fully prepared for the consequences .
“We had bail money and everything,” Coodie said. “I think she really wanted to get arrested and even make a bigger message.”
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