Beefs 2012: Wayne Coyne Accuses Erykah Badu of Intentionally Seeking Controversy
Published Jun 11, 2012Last week, things got pretty heated between Erykah Badu and the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne over the NSFW video for "The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face." The clip (which is long gone from the web, before you ask) saw Badu and her sister Nayrok get completely naked and have various liquids poured on them. According to Badu, it was also nothing like the original concept that was described to her.
Writing a lengthy open letter on her Twitter, Badu called out Wayne Coyne specifically for what she saw as a dishonest way of presenting the video's concept and instead focusing on the use of her naked image. Though the Flaming Lips issued an official apology, Coyne has since said even more on the situation.
In an interview with BBC 6 Music [via Prefix], Coyne said that he thinks she intentionally agreed to the project in order to cause all of this controversy once the video dropped. "She is a controversial entity in the world," he said. "So everything that she does has an element of her doing art."
"This video to me is not controversial, it's wonderful and I think Erykah knew she could play into it if we made a video that could be perceived as derogatory," he continued. "Otherwise I don't think she'd be interested in it. I think [her reaction] is still in the realm of a creation of controversy."
Badu has yet to respond to Coyne's allegations.