Poignant Political Nudity & Violence: Erykah Badu’s Video For “Window Seat”

Erykah Badu premiered the video for “Window Seat” on her website at 3.33 AM last night. Directed by Coodie & Chike, the video begins with audio from the day John F Kennedy was assassinated.

Click HERE to watch the video on erykahbadu.com

Badu exits a car and walks the JFK Assassination Tour route at Dealey Plaza in [Erykah’s hometown] Dallas, Texas, stripping off her clothes as she goes until she walks fully naked – surrounded by tourists – with the word EVOLVING written across her shoulder blades.

Inspired by this Matt & Kim video:

Suddenly, Erykah collapses on the ground – seemingly shot in the head – as the word “Groupthink” seeps onto the pavement.

As the camera spins over her body and around the surrounding scenes, Erykah’s voiceover begins:

They play it safe..
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 is what we have become, afraid to respect the individual.
A single person within a circumstance can move one to change, to love ourself, to EVOLVE.

Finally a smiling Badu walks towards the camera, wearing the same Rick James-esque hairpiece she wore on the Wendy Williams earlier this week.

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