On March 13, 2010, Erykah Badu shed her clothes as she walked along a Dallas, Texas, sidewalk until she was nude at the site where President Kennedy was assassinated. Suddenly, a shot rang out as the song ended; Badu's head jerked back and she fell to the ground. The result was a controversial video for her song "Window Seat", which Badu said on her Twitter feed "was shot guerrilla style, no crew, 1 take, no closed set, no warning, 2 min., Downtown Dallas, then ran like hell." Children with their families could be seen nearby as Badu stripped without any permission in Dealey Plaza , a popular tourist spot since Kennedy's 1963 assassination. She tweeted it was a shot against “groupthink”.
On April 2, 2010, Badu was charged with disorderly conduct, a class C misdemeanor, when a witness came forward.
Her voice over says:
They play it safe. They 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 what we have become. Afraid to respect the individual...A single person within a circumstance can move one to change, to love ourselves, to EVOLVE.
This video is THE essence of something SO simple yet it is UTTERLY powerful! A pure example of ‘them’ trying to kill what they don’t understand. ‘They’ would say that her nudity is utterly distasteful and would REFUSE to consider looking @ such a work or art as anything else. I think it is phenomenally powerful what Ms. Badu has given us and it took courage, conviction AND huge set of balls to bestow such a gift on mankind. Here’s to EVOLUTION!
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