Rap-Up TV took to the streets with our handy Flip MinoHD and asked a random sampling of people what they thought about Erykah Badu’s controversial “Window Seat” music video for our new Sound Off series. Was it performance art or a publicity stunt? Did Ms. Badu cross the line? And will they be purchasing her new album? The people have spoken.
Usher returned to familiar territory at the top of the charts this week with his sixth album, while Erykah Badu’s much-talked-about “Window Seat” music video helped propel the soul songstress to a Top 5 debut.
On her show Saturday (April 3), Wanda Sykes spoofed Erykah Badu’s “Window Seat” music video with her own hilarious version titled “Middle Seat.” The neo-soul singer addressed the controversial clip, for which she has been charged with disorderly conduct, saying her intention was not to disrespect President John F. Kennedy, whom she called one of her heroes.
“John F. Kennedy was a revolutionary,” she told the comedian. “He was not afraid to butt heads with America, and I was not afraid to show America my butt-naked truth.”
For her ninth birthday, Kayleigh Espinosa took a trip to Dallas and instead of sightseeing, she got an eyeful of a naked Erykah Badu, who was filming her controversial video for “Window Seat.” The mother of the girl was less than pleased and plans to file a complaint with police. “I thought it was pretty gross. I don’t want to see it again ’cause I’m little,” said Kayleigh.
Meanwhile, Badu guested on Wednesday’s “Chelsea Lately,” where she told the host about how guys end up wearing crocheted pants or a man purse after they fall in love with her, the effect of gold lamé on her lovers, and how her mother thought OutKast’s “Ms. Jackson” was about her. Video below.
On Tuesday night, fans eagerly waited for over two hours to catch Erykah Badu perform at a “secret show” and album release party for her new album New Amerykah Part Two: Return of The Ankh at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. The restless crowd was alleviated with black-and-white home videos of Badu, a DJ spinning everything from “Welcome to Jamrock” to some of her biggest hits, and last but not least, the woman of the hour, who worked the room, posing for pictures with adoring fans.