By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
Last week, the Flaming Lips and Erykah Badu released the music video for “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” a nudity-filled video with some NSFW imagery featuring Erykah and her sister Nayrok. Director Wayne Coyne quickly went to Twitter and said, “Sorry!!Sorry!!! Sorry!!!! Video First Time Ever I Saw Your Face is temporarily taken down…should be back up Monday!!” The Flaming Lips sent out their own statement, per Pitchfork, that the initial video, which made its rounds on the Internet was “unedited and unapproved.”
On Wednesday (June 6), Erykah sent out a long tweet to the director, in which she blasted him for releasing the video without her approval and accused him of misrepresenting to her what the video concept really was. “@waynecoyne then… perhaps, next time u get an occasion to work with an artist who respects your mind/art, you should send at least a ROUGh version of the video u PLAN to release b4 u manipulate or compromise the artist’s brand by desperately releasing a poor excuse for shock and nudity that sends a convoluted message that passes as art( to some),” she said.
The images of Erykah and her sister naked in a bathtub and covered in different material (glitter, blood, white goo) were apparently not what the singer initially wanted. “You begged me to sit in a tub of that other shit and I said naw. I refused to sit in any liquid that was not water. But Out of RESPECT for you and the artist you ’appear’ to be, I Didn’t wanna kill your concept” she said and added, “U disrespected me by releasing pics and rough vid on the internet without my approval.”
Badu ended her tirade succinctly, “you can KiSS MY Glittery ASS. O and Nayrok told me to tell u to kiss her ass too.” For those that have not seen the explicit clip, Badu is covered in glitter in one scene. Coyne responded later in the day, “Hey @fatbellybella I kissed it!!!! Thanks!!!!!! with a photo of his lips covered in glitter.
In 2010, Erykah released the video for “Window Seat” which features her in the buff. She paid a $500 fine for disorderly conduct and agreed to serve six months probation for disrobing and walking through Dealey Plaza, the site of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963, in Dallas.