Erykah Badu's "Window Seat" video is inspired by indie duo Matt & Kim's video for "Lessons Learned," which means the R&B goddess is stripping naked in public as strangers stare her down. The similarities end there, though.
Badu's choice of location carries some serious political connotations -- it was filmed in one take at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Tex., the site where John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. Once Badu gets all the way down to her curvaceous birthday suit, a gunshot rings out and her body collapses on to the sidewalk, as blue blood spills out to form the word "groupthink." Then Badu says in a voiceover, "They play it safe, are quick to assassinate what they do not understand...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."
Needless to say, the "Window Seat" video is generating passionate debate -- a well-timed one, considering that Badu's "New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh" album is set to drop tomorrow (Mar. 30) -- and Badu kept the conversation going on Twitter. "Funny thing is, the physical nudity is nothing lol," she tweeted. "I been naked all along in my words actions and deeds. thats the real vulnerable place." Badu added that she's not surprised by people's differences of opinion toward the clip. "I expected the gossip blog sites to spin it negatively. i expected people to ride with me."
On the complaints about her decision to go naked on camera, Badu says, "Funny, i thought i was outta shape thus encouraging others toward self love .. but they think im showin off . lol . the irony . sheeeezus!"
Watch Matt & Kim's "Lessons Learned" video here to see the inspiration behind "Window Seat," and tell us what you think of Badu's latest video.