Watch: New Controversial Music Video From Erykah Badu (w/ The Flaming Lips) NSFW

Watch: New Controversial Music Video From Erykah Badu (w/ The Flaming Lips) NSFW

Remember the conversation starter that was her Windows Seat music video in 2010? Well, wait till you get a load of this :)

Note that while she's clearly nude in the bathtub, the more revealing body shots belong to someone else; and, oh yeah, it's NSFW.

Let the analyses begin:

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DD

I'm SHOCKED that others are SHOCKED of this video. She has ALWAYS pushed the needle way over the line. I do see the art in the video. For me it showcased birth from conception to delivery. I thought it was beautifully done.

Dario Western

We need more music videos like this. Honestly, a lot of you are being a bunch of prudes! Sex sells pop and rock music. As for this video being offensive – I think Jenna Rose, Rebecca Black, Justin Bieber and The Wiggles are responsible for far more offensive and ghastly rubbish that's being foisted on a pop music audience. Grow up!

sigh

Don't shame her for being overtly sexual. Conversely, don't shame her for deciding she is uncomfortable with being overtly sexual.

It's not up to any of you what she does with her body or her image.

Also, stop feigning outrage over a couple of ass slaps and some cherry syrup. Sex is a part of human nature, get over yourselves.

Woman Rising

Apparently this release was unauthorized. This was done either in error or vengeance.
https://www.facebook.com/erykahbadu?ref=ts

Akimbo

Had no intention of watching this vid (don't like the song and the fighting was annoying), but since it doesn't seem to be going away, I finally did. With respect to my high intellect, exclusive education, and discriminating tastes, I have this to say on the matter: THAT WAS GROSS.

d

most of you are stupid

irving parks

I really dug this until the final part where it looked like she had taken a huge facial and was covered in white spooge. I think maybe that is the part that may have thrown her over the edge and made her go off and claim this was only a rough cut. If you don't want it on film, don't film it. She made a bad decision and now she wants to blame them.

Cristo

if i was Tambay, i would remove this video from my vimeo account, just to have a clean conscience and not partake in what might be enabling degradation of someone else. *just saying*

Deana

From an artistic standpoint, I can see clearly that this is an unfinished product. I'm sure that once released in it's intended form, it will be very beautiful and thought provoking. That is, if your mind does not immediately go to the gutter. You know who you are…

I'm always happy to see the Black female form in all it's natural beauty portrayed in mainstream media, as it rarely happens. People need to stop inflicting their religion, beliefs, politics and morals on others but I guess that's the American way. The slaves no longer need the masters as we have learned to enslave ourselves.

Donna

This is not my Erica, so i know she didn't have the chance to see this before hand. They used a body double, but still she need to sue them. This is crazy. I love Erica and always will.

D.S.

Dissappointed. I've always loved her music and creativity. But this was tasteless and very very disappointing.

sly

So what's the issue here? Isn't her absolute right to explore artist vision or push boundaries? Why does everything have to be controversial? Nobody has forced any of us to view this video. How is this any different then how Grace Jones use push the envelope?

Louise

Although not particularly my taste, and no one can beat Roberta Flack's version imo, I thought the video was fine up until about 4 mins! I don't need to explain further if you have seen it!

However, her sister who did the nude scenes must have known how it would look like, so why did she allow it to continue if she was so offended?

Flaming lips….always one to push boundaries….not this gives them an excuse to produce this!

Norman

What the hell was that?? Yea I mean words to the song? Purpose of video? He can love for women but his vision of art in this video show that he has no vision. Damn shame..on the up side Erykah and her sister fine as hell though..

Jason

This video makes no sense whatsoever but I do enjoy the ass slaps. I now see why Badu is so upset and I would be too if someone released a video where my sister looked like she just did a Bukkake porno scene. Badu's videos can be abstract but you can usually decipher some sort of meaning or relevance of what's done. This was more masturbation material than artistry.

moriquenda

Wow…it's clear that the "Flaming Lips" have no love for women. This is just sad.

David

I think Erykah pissed off some people with that video involving blue-blood regarding JFK's death, (the statement that video really made for those that can read between the lines) so they used this opportunity to smear her name by making her seem like she is into the occult/esotericism, to ruin her image. She should know better about who to work with, the level of weirdness in this video makes Gaga look like nothing.

Jay

I watched the video before Erykah's response: disgusted and confused. Watching it after her response: not confused, still utterly disgusted — even more than before. This video, knowing now that these images don't represent any particular message of the artist's intention(s), is TERRIBLE. Displaying such vivid and stark nudity drenched in what appears to be semen and blood, rubbing it in? How did Nayrok (Erykah Badu's little sister) feel shooting these scenes? What impression was she under about how the footage would be used? I actually cannot imagine a way in which I could be shown this naked woman rubbing and licking "cum" off of her breasts and face while smiling while fully dressed [white] men are standing around fully clothed and non-objectified, but there's nothing new there for the popular male/female pop-culture dynamic. My apology for the long-winded response but this video is gross –ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. It's 100% disgusting and deplorable. Putting an image/graphics over a green screen is MUSIC VIDEO 101 — they coulda done that -shit I coulda done that — even a background might have given rise to the argument that this video has an artistic appeal. Everything: the nudity, the DISGUSTING bodily fluid shots contrasted with the sick way Nayrok is portrayed as relishing in the goodness of it all: it's an epic fail all the way around.

e$

that was awful!

the dopeness

Yo whoever came up with the concept of this video did a horrible job. To disrespect the Queen like that is disgusting. I hope she sues them for everything they are worth.

Jaymee Stahrr

I don't give 2 shyyts about the flaming lips, but I love me some Erykah Badu. Always have. Always will. This doesn't change my opinion of her 1 iota. Clearly the "cooch" shots were of the other girl and not Erykah. In any event, the director obviously has some issues he's putting on for public display using EB for his own advancement. I don't appreciate that shyyt one dayum bit. EB's music catalog speaks for itself and her as an artist. There have been many female artists who have ridden her coattails, but none can touch her talent and vision. She's one of a kind. So I say, screw this dude for putting this nonsense out there exploiting her without her approval.

Twianag

Video was tasteless!! I know Ms. Badu did not approve this!! Shame on u for releasing this tasteless work of art without her approval!!!

jan

Anyone remotely familiar with Ms. Badu would certainly know that this is not the caliber of the vocals or the video she has always done. S**t happens. By no means will I even consider this as a EB production. I have always been and will remain steadfast as a EB fan. She certainly has always rep'd her art to the highest degree and I love her for the, and ill continue to support her. The nerve of some shisty a** thirsty MF,s, but we all know they are out there. This mess is only a memory. Delete!…. Moving right along.

Yoshimi.

Beautiful.

victoria

wtf-love u erykah but wooooooow…

Amarie

WTFFFFFFFFF. This right here…just frightened me. uh uhhhhhhhhh!!

tish

prior to judging EB perhaps you should read HER response to this video:

http://www.complex.com/music/2012/06/erykah-badu-tells-flaming-lips-wayne-coyne-to-kiss-her-glittery-ass

lisa

cleansing my mental palate with pierre bennu, shawn peters and gregory porter ….blacknuss !!!
hope erykah finds them and works with them http://www.gregoryporter.com/

Erin Jameson

I think it will be great when it's finished but don't think it should have been released like this.

dane doperock

great ass

shay

this bitch rite hea dun wnt crzyyyyyy

DNA

I LOVE IT- WELL DONE.

Get it together....

So the name of the video is Modern Esotericism… ? or something like that… Kind of get it ironically the responses to it (if that is the name) show more about the modern response to spirituality than the video itself… kind of get it but some of the images are more disturbing or confusing than communicative… Im so not sure what is being communicated in many of them…

Rev Gary L. Jones

I used to believe that only white people loved to be hate f*cked but now I see that I was wrong.

Badus Twitter RESPONSE

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/hno30u

FuzzyR

Nasty and pointless without the benefit of good music.

YUUUP!

I LIKED THE VIDEO IN THE BEGINNING, TILL THE SEMEN PART CAME IN.. THE PARTS WITH THE FLAMING LIPS LOOKS UNFINISHED. IT SEEMS THEY JUST WANTED TO EXPLOIT TWO WOMEN ( WHO HAPPENED TO BE ETHINIC). IM SURE ERYKAH IS PISSED!!!

coblstone

to all y'all commenting in the negative
whatever you find wrong with this video are your own issues, hang-ups, and private thoughts. own them and then watch without letting them cloud your vision.

ch0

well at least the song sucks

Tamikah1019

this is disgusting, I saw some photos the from this video the other day on another blog site and the model in the video is her sister. Ewww gross, her body is beautiful but why the paint that looks like blood, semen way toooooo far. Creepy

Leroy Schwarz

Out of respect to Miss Badu, you should take this shit down now.

Shugg

Erykah Badu takes Wayne Coyne to task over 'The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face' video: http://bit.ly/LrXviX h/t

pickles

This is a horrible music video. Fuck this shit. Why would Erykah do a video like this? This so fucking objectifying. It's like a fucked up Flaming Lips fucked up wet dream!

Geri

DON'T DO ACID!!!!!!!!!!!!

Welch

Ummm….I think it's all so unnecessary ,dosent enhance the song Badu is kool but um left lose on this spin of a classic

CJ111

I now see this as EB remembering way back to her day of birth (from WATER to BLOOD to sheding placenta to breathing and seeing sunlight) and the first time she saw her mothers face as she drank MILK from her mothers breast. i undertand the 2 dudes are members of Flaming Lips. She is singing to her mother and sharing this precious moment with the world. Beautiful!

Tony J

I just wish it was Erikah's body.

Heatherknwskin

I was ok until the semen looking goo entered into the situation.

BADUWORLD

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.” Posted by http://www.baduworld.com

Bklyn Negress

Brilliant! This is not more pornographic than a mother breast feeding her child. Great job, Ms. Badu!

Edward Primus

I have reserved comment until I read all the previous comments, some feel it was related to being a mother and the birth process, some have related it to a relationship, which means that the meaning is not clear which is the point of being an artist. What I also noticed is no one commented that she has these two European men in the video who are not musicians and don't seem to be connected to her in any way in the video. It seems Ms. Badu has also gone from being very Afro-Centric to being ? as the hair doesn't portray anything except a European mode; and I don't care how many weaves I see (as Gil-Scott Heron once said we don't care how nappy or straight or short as long as it's yours) it is longing for an image other than the one, one was born with. I also find that there are artistic ways of portraying things without being naked as it seems that REAL singers are not obsessed with how they look i.e. Aretha who we went to see if she was in shape or out, or Luther. Yet, it seems that we have a generation who is not that talented in the singing department so they make it up by being naked or in some form of semi-nudity so the focus doesn't become the song but their bodies.

Sweetpea

I didn't think It was pornographic until the end, with the semen-like stuff she dangled in her mouth.

Jean schimdth

This is a nice music and i love it very much,Thank you for sharing this one with us..

cylinder head

OKAYSOWHATSNEXT

I love Erykah's music…it makes me feels soulful and free…the video is a stretch for me though…I felt sort of disgusted like I was watching a beautiful and gifted woman degrading herself…call it art…call it porn…call it publicity stunt…call it REAL because beautiful and gifted women go out and degrade themselves every day on some ol' supply and demand BS…I hope she keeps it coming; )

Sharon

okay, so thats her in her mother's belly and when she came out, she is showing birth to include the afterbirth, placenta blood, etc, etc. that's very deep. She has always centered around motherhood and creation of life. I had to watch it twice to get it though. Does anyone agree?

evelyn

ok the video. she aint done nothin any different than these females we see on these busit baby videos and online so….. i dont see a problem with it. people especially my pple have a problem with what eryka did in this video , but dont have a problem with black females degrading themselves in these rap videos… gtf outa hea……

etomi

The fact that this discussion is taking place and has already generated 236 comments so far (mine being 237th) is indication that Badu has succeeded in her purpose — not just artistically, but intellectually, as well. All praises due to Sistah Badu!!

Vanessa

I didn't get it, as usual, lately she's become straight out weird. must be all that angel dust she's been using, I guess.!

Juston

I understand the school of thought that supports "not selling out" and not just creating what appeals to the masses. But I'm sorry. I KNOW I'm not the ONLY one that misses the OLD badu. In the book " The 48 Laws of Power" – one of the laws is "Think how you think, but act like everyone else". I think Badu should try that out. She's becoming increasingly connected to a smaller and smaller audience by these off-the-wall videos and publicity stunts. I'm miss her "I'm getting tired of yo shit…you don't never buy me nothin' " days…

VonDeezy!!!

Thats her sister!!! Nayrok Badu!!!

denitras

(shock face) speechless!

Mahadji Shindalilama

Bravo!! What an Artist. However, if the bathtub were a simulated womb, the video would have been totally awesome!

wade

Sounds Brilliant- looks brilliant-Is bRILLIANT! xx

Dammmmmmm!!!!!!!!!!

Sexy as hell!!!! A new for Mis Bado

CinnyMinnie

…everyone's talking about the nekkidness and not how much the song SUCKS! MISSION ACCOMPLISHED, I think! rofl

Surly

bukake facials are some of the most expensive beauty treatments in the world

Kushite Elegba

wow, not the cum face….

works for me however.
thourohly enjoyed,
oh and the music was good too.
meaning creative & ecentric :-)

Caw747

WEIRD!!!

isis

Thanks JUMI for "breaking it down". :)

Isis

My first thought (w/ scowl on my face) is "Um…I don't get it." This was a decent cover of the song. But, what's the point of the Calgon milk bath/ Studio 54 glitter shots? Creatively, where are they going? I missed the bus on this one. :S

Kermie

The email was definitely different! However being a gay man I would have love to see a man in the tub in the final scene.

c

this is nothing like being the shock value bullshit pop singers like lady gaga do. This is actually artistic. Erykah Badu has no interest in being mainstream, which I commend her for. Nor do the Flaming Lips, who are still fairly underground (although more people know them now).

I don't know how you could compare this to Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj, who wouldn't dare do anything like this. They're not "avant-garde" or different, they're just pandering to the masses…Erykah Badu has NEVER done that.

Remo7

GARBAGE

typo

Brillant!

BougieHippie

This is stupid and yawl stupid for trying to make it happen.

Asia

I don't care what she does…..She will always be my favorite singer til I die…..I love a story teller….And she ultimate one….Love You Erykah Badu…

loverloveluv

whoa derr

Ebony

And Madonna, nikki, and last gaga are probably mad because they didn't of it first lol

Ebony

This is no different from what Madonna, lady gaga, and Nikki Minaj would do. Remember this is all for the purpose of shock value. They do it to get a response from the audience. Remember when Janet Jackson posed topless and the guy was holding her breasts? It's the same thing except what Janet did was more tame and it was shocking because it was Janet.

Erica

I agree with JUMI and their comment. I, too, think that it is sad that Erykah has once again allowed her creativity to be over-shadowed with controversy. It is clear that it is her sister, Coco, in the final (cum) shot; whom I knew in Dallas.

assbox malone

clearly this means that every time you eat macdonalds you'll have to shit your ass out

Laurena

I have always appreciated her drive and passion to produce something that is an extension of her creativity, however I too have always felt that this lady is trying too hard to be heard. Her work often reminds me of a petulant child stomping it's feet and demanding attention. There were many area's of this piece of work that really captured and excited my imagination. Up until the point where she allowed her need to be controversial to overtake her creativity yet again.

/Jumi

Artistically I have some level of understanding of what what 'being' done. But what I feel as a woman is that there are men of different ethnicities that get that with a bit of erotic mixed in, and then there are other ethnicities that may never get it and all they see is the erotic. The glitter reps the excitement of the first time seeing someone, the red stuff I 'assuming' it to be blood it reps the pain that is occurs and the last icing, the good at the end…my understanding
In saying this, as a society of people, most do not have an artistic eye to have ever seen that much less care to. The vision is there but has been suppressed/weighted down with technology.

lauren

Gross!

L.K. Williams

In my opinion, Eryka realizes that she is over the age of 40 and possibly thinks that she has to do whatever it takes to keep herself visible & relevant in the music industry.

L.K. Williams

First, that arrangement of the song seems like they're ready to drink the Kool-Aid. Second, this video does not illustrate the song very well !

Lolo M

meh, I've always felt she tried TOO hard to be "out there". Other experimental artists, I get a genuine vibe, but not with her. Same goes for Gaga.

Leroy Schwarz

Crass.

Constance

brilliant!. Art need not be defined for all to understand. At times it will bring hatred and negativity. Ms. Badu clearly respects herself and has achieved what most performers never do…she has created art through self-examination and hat she knows to be true. In its most simplest form that is powerful and vulnerable and above all fearlessly brave. I thank her for her boldness and visions.

am.I.am

love the track – but the imagery doesn't marry the vocals in any way. Am all for a bit of taboo – but this is too glutinous…
Her rendition seems to be more about birth…

Rite Reverend

LET US PRAY.

Kewpie

Didn't like it; did not hold my interest.

WTF

No ma'am!

Mactownmills

I never thought Ms. Badu would be the one to take Bukkake mainstream.

Anthony E.

Seduction of media. Clearly the glitter is the glitz and glamor strewn over artist as they are the new hot thing in the sparkling lights. The blood is the sacrifice the artist makes to stay within the game or the selling of their souls of the business. The green of the background is the green of the greed for money all within the porcelain tub that is pure white and clean. The thick white residue reveals that she is reproducing a fixed message, she will birth the so called art, with a small upon her face.
Badu is not the woman, Badu is the opposite, she has her hair down and is washing in the water. Badu has given up the cycle of trying to stay transfixed for the satisfaction of others (ie. companies). No longer punishing soul for studios but for herself.

Nat

Show and Act, why can't I see the earlier (first) comments on the video. It seems that some of the comments are disappearing. Is there a way to see these first reactions/comments?

Lynn

This is just disturbing. Either your a slut porn Starr or a talented musician!! You cant be both. This is not even creative, just ugly art to me. Garbage.

FLinstone Flounder

What this video means is clearly that more bathrooms need to be painted green. If they are painted green you're more likely to have chicks come over and let you throw glitter, blood, cum, you know whatever you want on them. Not only that they'll let you slap on they asses and titties and probably introduce you to Andre 3000 after wards.

melanie

Really? Will an "artist" please explain this glitter turn bloody turn cum experience to me? O_O
why she had to go mess up Roberta Flacks song like dat? And whats her fetish with being naked? I don't understand….please someone explain diss here isht!

Will

Secularism at its best…

Philip

People are so silly sometimes…Do what you do, Ms Badu.

Dee

As an Melanated Sirian Moorish woman and having been abused at the hands of this f*cking bloody system, I have to say I agree with it except the end. I never enjoy eating, drinking nor licking men's bodily fluids. GROSS!

anyhow8868

World make of her my a$$…this crazy girl is a has been. Never was talented. The 1st thing these bimbos do is take off dey clothes…looka me looka me. That stupid stunt she pulled in Dallas should have got her arrested. Yeah I said it. You missed it Kat30000, sorry. You're off the mark. This is another desperate plea from someone whose time has come and gone. Lemme see…does the name Lauren Hill ring a pathetic bell. Badhu was nothing but a limp performance artist being pulled in any and every direction. Underneath it is well…nothing. GOOSE EGG. AIR. NADA. Ain't nothing more to this than another pathetic publicity stunt. Any art school in this country has seen undergrad create more compelling work. Yawn…yawn… please wake me when it's over. Tell that idiot to fix her hair, wipe that S**** off her face, put some clothes on and get a real job.

Kat30000

I guess I see it straight-up as a woman surviving what the world has tried to make of her.

The heavy echo, long phrasing and minimal accompanyment of starke percussive tones in this rendition of the song stretch, distort, and harden the subject that is about having once been completely love-struck … the cumulative affect evokes the sensation of indifference in retrospect, having survived utter disillusionment. She heals from the pain (from the blackened eye) and is cleansed (bathed) having endured objectification, idolization, sexulization, and violence of all types (stripped to nakedness, lavished with golddust, bloodied by her own natural reproductive phases as well as by the hands and penises — and general regard — of men).

But this is only my perspective as a mature white female. It is entirley possible that this is meant to have a race component, which would be understandable given our cultural history.

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Stoolio

The haters need to just kill yourself Art is Art.

TISHUAN SCOTT

Folks.
This is ART.
It is suppose to make You FEEL… something.
Whether you have commented negatively or positively, but especially those that responded negatively. You felt something. To the point that You were so inspired to post a comment to create dialogue regarding the music video.
This is filled with symbolism, and imagery.
Notice that Badu is in a white tub, and surrounded and immersed in Water, H2O = purity.
The purity is in the innocence of the the LYRICS, which speak to attraction. Through the EYE, which is the first cosmological image that You see when the video begins.
The glitter is also cosmological idealism as we are divined from the stars.
The Blood – has many symbolic representations – I think that one can ascertain personal and communal Understandings of what blood represents in many facets.
The Semen – the same, the imagery here is rather provocative, however, it is what it symbolizes.
This video has nothing to do with the Occult, or any other grotesque misUNDERstanding, you must OVERstand it.

tsidney

I think the video was more of a gimic for shock value and didn't really work with the song. I can't stand with artist do shit for shock value it lowers the artistic value.

EclecticFlavor

I have always noticed that black female nudity
has always been seen as offensive…and white
female nudity is usually defended..and held in
a higher regard or artistic.

Ausaru Re

Put the children to bed on this one. She did it again! She never ceases to satisfy her audience.

Laura

I didn't think this was going to get so many comments. It's a video you either love or hate. wow

Jay

So pretentious it's unreal. Erykah use to be da shit now she's just shit.

ShebaBaby

This video should probably be an advertisement for that Black people meet website.

other song

Dear Shadow and Act, can you please round up the top 5 funniest comments on here and do some sort of retrospective? I nominate Miles Ellison's comment. I'm sure there are others.

Russonater

Must have been the bath salts.

Laura

Ironically, we are celebrating Josephine Baker on this blog.

Don't you think that Badu is one of Josephine Baker's heir?

mich

I love her music but it is the way she diplays it gets out of hand. She has lost her it , where is the respect for herself

Ilya

The very definition of art itself is a question: How does it make you feel?
And for that question, there are over 7 billion people with an answer. Much has been made of the nudity in the video, but all art is essentially naked. It reveals itself to us in its rawest form…an agent provocateur, risking itself to uncover who we really are as it infiltrates our sensibilities–stripping us of our facade.
Art then becomes an indifferent voyeur, observing us but making no value judgments…for that is our domain. If we were to ask the person who created the concept of the video what it was about…the answer would be relevant to him/her alone. The answer is not really theirs to give…it is yours. For some, a rainy day is a great time for reflection and inspiration–for others it is a lost opportunity to frolic among the flowers and gaze upon the heavens.
Everything means nothing to someone…and art is no different. How does it make YOU feel?

Vivian

Looks like she's celebrating taking drugs that she was introduced to by two white guys

Nana Ataa

LOVED IT! I am a black woman. The video could be interpreted in many ways – and that's the beauty of it…given the song, which is orginally by Roberta Flack, I believe – I feel this video representation is indicative of falling in love. In this case, I think – falling in love with SELF (hair, body, breast, lips, butt, belly/womb, ideals, music, freedom – like a rock star) :via a cleansing (water/bath), via birth (blood), via nourishment / savoring (milk, sugar, whatever they used was heavier than milk, but it also looked like the amniotic fluid that covers babies when they are born as well), or via light / enlightenment (glitter / nail colors)…Love your self, nourish your self, honor and respect all parts. Many of us don't do that often enough for ourselves.

Mimi Oski

I watched it twice to really try & understand the symbolism & it's really very vague but obvious at the same time. As a black woman I don't find it offensive but I can understand how it could make some people uncomfortable. Here's what I got out of it…

Now the glitter..I'm trying to figure out what it represents, could it be a metaphor for shiny new connection or new life, or possibly it was just the "attention-getter" **shrugs** I don't know

The Thick Red Substance…obviously represents blood, maybe referring to the Womb, Uterus, Vagina, Woman

The Thick White Stuff…I'm assuming it represents ejaculation, referring Sperm, Penis, Man

Artistic…Sexual… Disturbing…Interesting…Weird…Pointlessly-Meaningful…But the music is awesome

MG

My take on it is a bit different… I think she is referring to the first time someone hits heroin. Everyone's eyes rolling back in their head. Everyone looks high as hell…

Glenn Fomby

Tastefully done! It takes nerve, And the willingness to push the envolope.

carol

I am a black women and like you I don't find the nude female form offensive but I agree completely with Sojourner Truth that Badu has been used to denigrate black women. Her astute point about asking who owns the industry which churns out this imagery is something you should look into. It's certainly not black women, let alone black men. If women are saying this imageryof black women as lascivious jezebels being jizzed on, bloodied and pissed on hurts us then who are you to describe that pain as a knee jerk reaction? But feel free to enjoy it. Free country right, except if you're black where you're more likely to see the inside of the US prison industrial system and black people are still waiting for their 40 acres. This really sets back all the work black feminists/womanists have been doing since the Civil Rights movement to raise awareness and construct positive images of black female sexuality.

Watch It Again

I am a black woman. I am not offended or shocked or disgusted by naked images of black women. Why are you? The power dynamics of the clothed white men vs the unclothed black women could be read many ways. But, I felt like they were in two separate universes. Flaming Lips were just the soundtrack to something phenomenal that you may or may not appreciate. Erykah is in fetal position or covered most of the song. Her sister is similarly "covered" but by symbols, blood, semen, stardust. Creation. It is a reflection. Your knee jerk reaction is your reflection. Your fears and taboos about black bodies, sex, race, power. And representation. Our collective fears about how "we" will be judged if represented sexually. I was in awe. Watched it several times. Watch it again.

Sojorner truth

*Marpessa Kupendua* My sentiments exactly!!!!!
These are some facts to lay out to clarify this mess.
Earlier in her career, Erykah won fans because of a totally different image. An image of a sister resembling the sisters of the 5 % Nation, The Nuwabians, or the Nation of Islam and our African heritage.
Now this sudden need to parade nakedness around like it is the new trend when we honestly live in a perverted society. Perverts kill women and leave then naked in the streets. This is a smut film that would greatly gratify someone masturbating! Period, no great occultic meaning! And I was a fan of hers too but the diehards need to quit, she did'nt email and inform you of some deep artistic meaning behind this film or "Windowseat" for that matter!!
I do think the true meaning is to use her to diminish the women in these movements and to cause a shift and distortion in the conscious/black/femenist communities. What better way than to pigion hold a leader or symbol of those movements? Its' a industry people-the MUSIC INDUSTRY!! And to find the culprit behind these disturbing trends, one must find who controls the industry. IT'S CHESS NOT CHECKERS!!

DWN2DV8

She's hawt.
/Want

carol

The Black Police: that's because the presence of the white guys reminds us of white supremacy (check their other video – Girl You're So Weird) and the way that black sexuality was constructed under white supremacy and how black bodies were commodified, bartered, sold and made to serve.

Thinking further on this. This video is not about Badu's desire. I think the opening shots which show her eye looking with its pinpoint iris attests to that – and like everything else in this video that is deliberate. This is about the desire of white males for the female black form but it must be bestialised – hence the golden showers, the blood and the semin jizzing on her face and body – that's straight porn imagery. Zombie apocalypse gonzo porn that guys conditioned by the porn that's out there are going to get off on. For Badu it could be a commentary on all of that but because of the way she's positioned in this video as object, not subject… I don't think she gets that at all. The zombification of NSFW also could suggest a reading like this – that the guys who get off on this kind of thing are zombies.

Dking23

The great thing about art is that it can means different things to different people. To me this represents the ending of a relationship, all the stages you go threw.

Londellj

One tremendous waste of time.

She's doing this for the attention, plain and simple.
If she'd spend more time creating music that people will actually listen to, there'd be no need to do dumb stuff like this.

Melissa

Far from the weirdest video I've ever seen. It started out with potential then went downhill. That being said, the comments about slavery/society/paradigm of race etc sound pretentious as well. But I've come to expect such whenever a brown skinned person shows their face on a screen.

the black police

Some of you will always automatically see slavery whenever you see a black man and a white man in a picture. Good or bad for you. Just be aware of it.

TinaC

She is as free as a bird! Even when there's silence you can still hear her words! I hope to some day be as free as she is! Minus the hippie stuck in the 70's vibe! I bet her next concert will be given butt booty ball naked if she can manage somehow to get away with it! I can just see her in the headlines somewhere in a tub leaving us because either A. Those who don't understand her maybe take her out or B. She wasn't as strong as I want her to be and she let society make her slit her wrist! What I found is in my analysis of people those who tend to be the strongest often are over succumbed by the survival of the fittest! I pray for her sanity!

the black police

Well they clearly werent trying to make us think the nude shots were of Eryka. The body type was totally different as was the hair. So it was obviously not her. Most importantly, this was so boring that I couldnt finish it.

rootball

Group Think

They play it safe

Are quick to assassinate what they do not understand

They move in packs

Ingesting more and more fear with every act of hate on one another

They feel most comfortable in groups

Less guilt to swallow

They are us

This is what we have become

Afraid to respect the individual

A single person within a circumstance can move one to change

To love herself

To Evolve

-Erykah Badu "Window Seat"

carol

I think the person who described this video as Zombie Apocalypse is exactly right. I see a number of things that you could point to as belonging to the zombie genre – the master/slave relationship for instance – how else to understand the severe beating the fake fur paw gets by some deranged [white] musician while Badu beats her own ass. Perhaps the beating of the paw relates to the jaded quality of these white men who need to be awakened by images such as this. The catatonia of the white NSFW, their eyes rolling into the top of their heads with Badu's facial twitches and the sneer that crosses her face as one point as she completely destroys what was a poignant love song now becomes a way to ironize and mock love. It's sad Badu allows herself to be exoticised and objectified in this way. I always thought she was acutely more aware of how images work. My initial reaction is one of repulsion but it has given me plenty to think about – how black womanhood is represented in the music industry has never been kind to us and once again, the white fixation on black genitalia… it is becoming quite an "arty" statement but really, this has roots in black slavery & the need of white males to project onto black bodies a deranged sexuality that must be tamed through violence.

I offer this as an initial reading. I'm sure it will offend people more than the actual video.

jamminjoe The True Smooth Saxophonist

at the 1:46 min mark is that a Casio piano he is playing on? What is so controversial about this video?

adam

whats wrong with this black bitch, she does not need to show everyone she's a porn freak, damn.

Marpessa Kupendua

i think of my ancestors, my sheroes, and their reactions to something such as this! How can you raise Black power fists and put this out in the name of 'art'? i don't get it but i don't seek to oppress anyone, just let me say that i am really feeling hurt because i used to have such deep love for this Sista and committed myself to defending her mightily in her revelations! It's saddening/maddening to me and i refuse to accept that i am somehow "conservative" and not "free thinking" because i am repulsed by these images that degrade Black womanhood.

alabaster

"the moon and the stars were the gifts you gave." Roberta Flack. this video is about childbirth and the story line is moving back to front. the glitter is the sparkling exuberance of the new life and seeing it for the first time. the blood, well that's self explanatory. i mean childbirth gets a lil bloody. and the white 'icing' is the mixture of sperm joining with the egg. just go read all the lyrics to the song it's clearly about childbirth.

Ahmasi

I've never been a fan of hers so nothing she does excites or disappoints me! I thought the comments were far more interesting than the video itself proving the old adage: …in the eye (or ear) of the beholder! The echoing or reverb of her voice was downright annoying; she did not do the song justice! There are some people, some artists that simply try TOO HARD, to be 'different' or 'unique' and often just come off as pretentious! What amazed me about the video is how something can be interesting and boring at the same time!! Even though I'm not a fan, I always kind of thought of her as having some level black consciousness but this video raises serious doubts for me! Perhaps she should consider doing a collaboration with Brian McKnight; what the hell would that 'baby' look like? :)

Miles Ellison

That icing was a money shot. The video itself looks like a pretentious art school porn project from the Las Vegas College of Ass.

Cassagnol Leonidas Jr.

Some PEOPLE consider "ART" as a CONTROVERSY, because THEY do not know what "ART" is. THEY do not allow THEMSELVES to analyze, relate, or accept it.

Be patient enough to walk through an unfamiliar front door and try to make yourself at home in that new environment.

This video was a bit challenging but I got bits and pieces of it to get my mind thinking. I suppose the Glitter reflects exuberancy, some kind of sparkle, lavish, I don't know, the Blood displaying lust, I guess, passion-red on a nude body, and the HoneyBun Icing portrays a sweetness, perhaps of a new beginning of some sort, a beautiful journey that's beginning to unravel from a rough (from the Blood, maybe) past, I'm assuming. That's what I kinda got from it so far, but the lyrics, though, I gotta listen to once more or maybe twice or so to get a better understanding, find a connection (if I make time for it, lol)

Please be more open-minded and patient, respectfully accept it for what it is and what it can mean.

Peace and Love Y'all,
Cassagnol

Just!n

It was great. She is Great. The Flaming Lips are great. A lot of you need to open your minds to more than the normal top 40 format for music and videos. Bored? Check out the Cremaster Cycle by Matthew Barney if you can.

rtripple63

This video is not creativity or artistic expression. It is crap and shows that she really needs help from a shrink or rehab.

Natalie

GROSS…..Erykah is so weird and wack now, ugh!

Butch Maxine, Poem Star

…the naked glitter, blood (red corn syrup), semen (icing) chick is Erykah's lil sis Nayrock Udab (Koryan Wright). That ass is phat.

Cees2exit

I thought it was , interesting from an artist point of view.

Had to watch it a second time

Gotta admit this second time the actual song playing got on my nerves, the guitar arrangement started to be annoying. It made the whole video seem pretentious, like, what's the point other than to be "out there"? Still love Badu, though, even if she is a freak.

LeonRaymond

I find her more offensive, and I will ask the exact same question since this is a film site -Ask any film Director would they work with her?

Tennell R

Ok now….Erykh..

Te Kupu

Find the cigarettes more offensive!

donnieskillz

The yoghurt thingy is man juice innit….the strawberry thing…ok whatever..all I see is boobs, ass and vajayjay. End of story. #okbye

StuHefner

The mere fact u are all postulating on the good, the bad, the ins, the outs and arguing art or porn is testament to the fact that whatever the reasons; Ms Badu has ignited our ability to freely debate the aforementioned. Yawn…

someone

It grossed me out.
However, I did watch the entire thing.

jb williams

banging video!!!!!!! erykah did her thing!!!!

Ebony

I thought it was original, I love Erykah Badu. By the way, youtube removed it from their site.

blue

i loved it. i thought it was deep, sensuous and totally Erykah (conceptwise).

Anthony Wiggins

The Words are from, The First time ever I saw your face! The Video is so to the next Level, but when an artist re-invents themselves what should we expect! As an avid fan of Ms.Badu I think the video actually Rocks! Giving Sexuality, Spice and Flavor! Look at it like this If it was Madonna everything would be fine! Let Badu Be Badu!

Ras. Anthony

Soulchild

Can anyone translate the words

Micky

That's actually her sister as the body double.

James Evans for the C-G

Badu has always enjoyed being butt-nekkitt in her videos. Who's got a problem with it? Not her nor me. Pass me a beer, willya, and get out the way.

DM

BTW, who thought this was a good idea? Vagina shots? Ass shots? Nipple shots? Isn't this porn by definition?!?

DM

Is it just me, or do you see Dennis Rodman @ the 2:54 mark?

rockitsam

This some bullshit. Erykah has gone down hill.

Namean

All you choose to see is a reflection of you, what you see is what is inside of you. If you see sickness you sick. If you see racism, you racist. If you see art you an artist. If you see liberation you seek liberation. This goes for everything everywhere. The YOUniverse is always in tune.

Nana Camille Yarbrough

The "Back Door"

BBL

GLITTER: born of stars. BLOOD: childbirth SEMEN: conception, sin.

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RobbyCU

If the water represents the natural state, the glitter enamorment, the syrup menstruation or ovulation, the glaze semen, and the subject is an external force (not present in the video, no male in the video, no penis) then this video may also have religious underpinnings. The story of the biblical Mary comes to mind, where an enamored virgin becomes pregnant, by a supernatural force. Perhaps the blood isn't menstruation at all, perhaps its the blood from a hymen tear.

Otis

Like some of the other comments have been saying, that is not Erykah Badu, but that is her sister. Here is a link to an article explaining the whole situation. http://www.spin.com/articles/did-wayne-coyne-tweet-nude-photos-erykah-badu-nsfw

clifton perry

O_0

karu@london.com

Isis has always been the symbol for creation and sex.If anybody who studies where badu gets her feminine expression from you will find this at its core.bobbyurry1969 fb

karu@london.com

if they say why?why? tell em that its human nature……

Monique A. Williams

There was absolutely nothing sexy about this video. All I saw was golden shower, bloody period/anal sex, and cum shots. With a black woman and a white man. Wielding a whip. I don't wanna hear anyyyyyy artistic explanation for this.

Sprinflower

They just freaked out one of my favourite songs of all time!! not impressed :/

T. Coop

I loved this video. It's out of the ordinary and possibly sends a message that is deeper than what we collectively can conjure up. I respect her gangsta.

lisalisa

Sometimes I want to be able to just vibe and nod my head to stuff without having to decipher the heck out of it. This video, I don't know what it means and I really don't care. Unlike most people, I'm sure I won't be watching that mess again trying to figure it out tho! Don't care what my professors say!

Andre Sneed

Well, its different that's what I like about it.

T'Challa

WTF did I just watch?? It's funny, back in '97 her and Lauryn Hill were like the poster girls for all the incense burning, head wrap wearing, poetry reciting so called "conscious" sistas. They both turned out to be completely insane… The only thing exciting about Erykah these days is trying to figure out who will be her next "baby daddy".. SMH.

Nadine

Sooo… these dudes are going to keep using Hottentot imagery. If this were the first, I would have still hated it but not been so alarmed, but this band is bugging with its imagery of BW… another NSFW video of theirs… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-cYiAT5NuM&nomobile=1

thepoetwarrior

Blood. Semen. Necessary ingrdients to create Life. Gold, valuable, can be shaped and molded into useful tools, valuable. Self Worth. The first time she say herself, her mother, her children. Virgin (the first time) to self (spiritual, emotinal etc.). Just thoughts!

alafose

this is some bullshit

angelia

I love Erykah B, However this was sick. She appears to be loaded on something and it was not sexy, she looked horrible. I'm disappointed.

NJChicago

That wasn't artistic, that was pretentious crap. Nothing to analyze. I love that people are trying to find symbolism and artistic correlations with this. Emperor has got some new clothes.

PUMA

That is her sister Nayrok that is naked…they do look alike

tyrone tackett

ERYKAH BUKAKAKE!!!!!!!!

CareyCarey

I got the password! But you have to promise not to spread it! careydarnell@yahoo.com

Tamara

HOLY MOUNTAIN-ESQUE. JODOROWSKY. That's the *feel* I got from this. I'ma have to let the lyrics and the three phases of "development" (GLITTER (ziggy starburstin', big bang, exploding), BLOOD? (karo syrup and red dye), SEE-MAN? (confectioner's sugar and water, I hope?) marinate further. But Holy Mountain is throbbin' all up and in through this. Jodorowsky. And to clarify, my earlier comment was a quote from another site. I hadn't yet watched the video—I couldn't while at work. And to those seeking a password…um try finding the vid on U tube. Peace and blessings. I appreciate Erykah's artistry and trust lady, if you are reading this, I know what it is to be sooooo influenced by a director/filmmaker/artist's work. When I have my chance I will coat my work with some Tarkovsky and Antonioni artistry, beeleeve dat. Okay.

KemNigga

someone post the password please

werermypanties

What is the password??

phillyteri

Why would the video be locked after telling people to view it? And who locked it? Stupid!

Johnny Rocket

Why is the video now password locked?

B

What is the password?

JMac

oooookkaaayyy…. I liked her braids, lol. You can tell the final "covering" is confectioner's sugar glaze so that didn't gross me out like it should have. Didn't get the white dudes' involvement either but whatever. I suspect she doesn't even quite know what this video was about – just something that came to her while she was higher than a kite. I prefer Window Seat. Next time you might want to explain that NSFW=Not Safe For Work for the slower people such as myself:)

Naga

I love Erykah. I think this video is profound and if we take time to examine the symbols, the concept is concise. The silver and gold represents unification; the blood represents the union as well, but also the fusion of two into one biologically and metaphorically; the "cum" as some have referred to the white creamy substance represents the bliss of the union. I think the fact that it begins with Erykah and ends with Nayrok, her sister (if I'm not mistaken about who that other person is) represents the manifestation of a new single entity, a rebirth or renewal, if you will.
As far as the song, Roberta Flack did her "thang", and Erykah paid tribute by doing hers. The song is organically orgasmic. When Luther sang it, he put his twist on it and brought the energy that comes with this great classic. I like the way Erykah stylizes and that is her way of owning her art. When I begin to bypass judgement and begin to stay open for love, I am then able to see more than just solidification of sound, but the vibrations that formed them.
Thanks for sharing and allowing me to do the same.

untitled1972

Just on some strange black woman mama artist solidarity alone I 100% sincerely appreciate and love her brave attempt to be open and perform this way.. seriously i do..LOVED WINDOW SEAT!!! Soo I'm gonna observes how the world handles these beautiful naked black women on film… I support you ERYKAH!!! can't say I'm totally feeling the dudes and the phallic symbol slayin all around tho lol…. #DisplacedOshunTheory

DetroitScribe

It was like a bad accident. I couldn't look away, no matter how much I wanted to. I even tried to see the artistic value in the video. Until the the cum scene. It's hard for me to think of it as anything else. It seemed pretty blatantly sexual to me. I will admit, I think I would have been able to respect the artistic nature more if the video had been for a Badu song or even for a better song. But clearly, no one would be talking about this song if it were not for the video. A little too left field for me.

CareyCarey

Okay, lets bring this down front. First, the first time I heard that song I was at the University of Illinois. Roberta Flack sung it live. And there are some songs that nobody should touch, but Leona Lewis (with her good looking self) sung the sh*t out of this one. Take a look–> youtu.be/tEGFuXGHMdY . Now, on to Erykah Badu… somebody better call Tyrone. I mean, first, those white dudes looked like that just shot a huge bag of heroin. I ain't lying… those dudes looked like they were blistered. But what was Erykah trying to say? Well, I have to admit the camel toe and the nipple shots passed my inspection (I paused the clip and yelled "WHAT'S MY NAME" :-O) but I'm just sayin' , what was going on? You know, I can get down with a little freaky deaky, but whatever happened to a little burning hot oil and candle lights? Damn, I felt like Kevin Hart. I wanted to call "Pineapple" ( inside joke. You have to see his "Laugh At My Pain"). Anyway, I kept looking over my should as I was watching this. I didn't want anyone thinking I was stuck on a porn site. I'm serious. Laura called it "jism" and MUSE just came straight out and called it "cum", but I'm thinkin' something like an elephant's circle jerk. I'm serious, that was a little over the top for me. But hey, what do I know? Mzdiamondz Luved it.

BluTopaz

As much as I looooooove Erykah, this ish is just lazy. And I remember a comment she made a few years back about women singers playing it cheap by getting buck nekkid, now here she is using gratuitous nudity a second time. A whole bunch of folks are going to spend more time analyzing this garbage than she spent creating it.

Tony

This Video + Bath salts = Zombie Apocalypse

other song

song sucks. and that's all that really matters to me. I purposefully listened to it (without watching the video) and it's just not for me.

MrBobb

Well, what can you say?

FilmGuy

Upon close, ahem, inspection….the naked girl in the video isn't Erykah but a look-alike. The red stuff looked like berry sauce, but what the heezell is that white stuff? Melted donut glaze? Miss Badu, you need a plain water bath now babe.

Darkan

I guess anything can be classified as good nowadays. Lord Jesus, help us. SMH for the 12th time today.

Tamara

"Alright, so here's what we're gonna do. tell that chick she's getting naked and hanging out in the bath tub while we take close up shots of her naughty bits and rub her with weird stuff. i'm gonna be over here playing with this foil" – Wayne Coyne —– a commenter on vimeo[dot]com Lol.

Laura

Well I have to give it Badu. She dances to her own tune. Um, I'm not offended by it because it's no big deal. It's salacious/cheap or the like. The rendition of the song. Blah. Not feeling it. Back to the video. I guess the thing that suppose to have people up in arm is the Buck Nekkid Black woman in video with white dudes. I see it more from a gender perspective. Why the woman got to have a slamming bod and the dudes got to be unattractive? No buck nekkid (white) man. Typical. But on second thought I would not want to see those men in the video nekkid **THE HORROR***. I like the minimalism. Nothing flashing. It was a nice artsy video. Um I am relieved that she was not nekkid up on the Flaming Lips gyrating while they were fully clothed. Remember the video she was Yoko Ono to some guy's buck nekkid John Lennon. Yeah, knowing her output. This par for the course. It's rather quaint. (Just one ? is that white stuff Badu double was playing with towards the end of the video suppose to remind you of jism)
But all in all no big deal on the visuals kinda like it. The song, blah.

Darksis

OK….Love me some Erykah. But they was on dat OOOOOOOHHHH TO-DA WEEEEEEE on this one!!!!

mzdiamondz

I luved it! I know BET is not going to play it but I thought it was very artistic

oliver

Wow! Sick and sexy at the same damn time.

Dr. Boogie

o_O

Bath salts & weed tea cocktails for everybody…

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