Erykah Badu is sticking up for her controversial, if misunderstood, video for “Window Seat.”
In case you missed it, Erykah referenced President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in the clip as she walked down a Dallas street while stripping off clothes. Most people can’t get past the sheer shock value of “Window Seat,” but the singer feels the piece has been misunderstood.
“I would never disrespect JFK,” Erykah tweeted. “his revolutionary thinking is my inspiration. my performance art has been grossly misinterpreted by many.”
"There were children there. i prayed they wouldnt b traumatized,” she added.
The guerilla video, directed by Chike and Coodie, was shot without the necessary permits and nearly landed the soulful singer in legal trouble. According to the Daily Mail, the unintentional extras were so appalled that some even threatened to call the police, but no one did.
Had authorities caught her, Erykah could faced jail time or been slapped with a fine of up to $2,000. Reportedly, the Grammy-winning singer was so un-phased by the possibility of arrest, she was prepared to make it part of her video.
“Her contingency plan was get arrested. She was big on doing it,” Chike told the Daily Mail. “We had bail money and everything. I think she really wanted to get arrested, even make a bigger message.”
— Sonya Eskridge