OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM – WAYNE COYNE / FLAMING LIPS "The video link that was erroneously posted on Pitchfork by the Flaming Lips of the Music Video 'The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face', which features Erykah Badu, is unedited and unapproved.. Sorry!! We, the Flaming Lips, accept full responsibility for prematurely having Pitchfork post it. It has outraged and upset a segment of fans and we apologize if we offended any viewers!!! This is a Flaming Lips video which features Erykah Badu and her sister Nayrok and is not meant to be considered an Erykah Badu or Nayrok statement, creation, or approved version.”
I just received that statement on my Video page where the controversial music video is hosted, as well as in the comment section within the S&A post that contains the video.
I wasn't sure if it was legit, so of course I looked around and saw that it IS legit, as it's posted on Erykah Badu's own website, as well as several others.
So there ya have it folks; the video has been played over 20,000 times on this site alone; the post containing the video has received over 9,000 Facebook *likes* and counting, and received what might be a record (or close to it) 256 comments, and counting.
Damn, right? And to think that I almost decided against posting it.
So does the above statement change how you feel about the video?
I check Erykah Badu's Twitter timeline, and saw that she'd asked her followers what they thought of the video, and of course, she received a wide range of replies. But what I found most curious was her second question, after she'd received a few replies. She asked how her followers would feel if the video ultimately didn't mean anything ("What if the video has no meaning at all? Now how do u feel?") – suggesting what some of you thought was just a completely surface exercise that didn't require any deeper analysis.
I'm over it at this point; but maybe you aren't, and these new reveals alter your interpretation of the video, or not.