Nude Video at JFK Assassination SiteMarch 30, 2010 - 3:17 PM | by: Maggie Kerkman
Publicity stunt or an artist trying to communicate? Dallas native Erykah Badu is catching flak for her latest video, “Window Seat.” It begins with her parking at JFK assassination site, Dealey Plaza, in a late model car. You hear archival footage from the day of the assassination. After parking, Badu walks down Dealey Plaza, stripping her clothes off till she’s completely naked. The word “Evolving” is on her back. At the end of the video, she’s near the site where President Kennedy was killed. You hear a gunshot and Badu falls, and blue “blood” streams from her head to form the word “Groupthink.”
Here’s the offical video from Badu’s website (the nudity is blurred out).
On her Twitter account, Badu says “The butt naked truth is powerful America !!!!” Badu’s fans are supportive of the video– saying they respect her individualism and think the video is a masterpiece. Others in Dallas consider the video tasteless and offensive. For starters, there are at least three children who Badu walks by when she’s stripping. Moreover, for a pop singer to put herself in the same category as a beloved assassinated President– many consider it beyond poor taste.
The city of Dallas says Badu and her photographer did not have a permit to film the video. In a statement, Frank Librio with the city of Dallas says that this was an incident of “…guerilla filming, where production companies… usually shoot these scenes in one take knowing that if they are discovered they would face arrest and/or penalties.”
Badu’s new ablum “New Amerykah, Part Two” is out today.