Erykah Badu Charged over Nude "Window Seat" Video
Published Apr 02, 2010UPDATE: TMZ now reports that Erykah Badu has been charged by police for disorderly conduct and faces a $500 fine.
Dallas police are considering slapping neo-soul funkstress Erykah Badu with a disorderly conduct charge after strolling the streets nude in the video for her new single "Window Seat."
As Rolling Stone reports, law officials are hoping one of the witnesses of Badu's striptease promenade through Dallas's Dealey Plaza will come forward to file a complaint, given that none of the witnesses did at the time.
"I don't think it's going to be something she would go to jail behind, but certainly the message has to be sent," Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway told WFAA. "The law is the law, and whatever the law prescribes is the law we would follow."
Badu's video for "Window Seat," in which she slowly walks around the streets, stripping individual layers at a time until she is nude, was inspired by indie pop duo Matt and Kim's video for their own track "Lessons Learned," in which they do the same in Times Square before being apprehended by cops.
Though nobody called the police, Badu posted some of the onlookers' reactions on her twitter: "They were yelling, THIS IS A PUBLIC PLACE: YOU OUGHTA BE ASHAMED: PUT YOUR CLOTHES ON: DAMN GIRL!"
The city is now considering implementing the need for a special permit to film in the city.
Of course, the most humourous part here is that at the end of the video, the word "Groupthink" bleeds out of Badu onto the sidewalk. The media being up in arms about children having witnessed a nude human body and about the need for increased laws and security just makes Badu seem all the more prescient.
The video has been removed from YouTube, but you can still see it by clicking at the bottom of the circle at Badu's website here.