Oh, the naked irony.
Baduizm chanteuse Erykah Badu, who once evaded arrest for publicly stripping while shooting a music video back in 2010, is now up in arms over a music video by the Flaming Lips in which she and her sister reportedly appear nude.
Wait—come again? And how did this happen?
The songstress collaborated with the band on their cover of “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” and for the song’s video, she agreed to drop trou.
Simple, right? Not quite.
Apparently, part of the video required Badu to sit in a tub filled with blood and glitter, but because she had serious qualms about doing that, she asked her sister, Nayrok, to stand in as her body double.
Well, Badu was none too happy with the final version of the video when it hit the Web without her approval, and has posted a scathing online missive to let the band know exactly how she feels.
“As a human I am disgusted with what appears to be desperation and poor execution,” she writes. “As a woman I feel violated and underestimated.”
She takes the band to task for initially showing her what she thought was “beautiful tasteful imagery” before releasing “an unedited, unapproved version within the next few days…I never would have approved that tasteless, meaningless, shock-motivated video.”
Badu described the video, which was posted on Pitchfork but has since been yanked, as “a poor excuse for shock and nudity that sends a convoluted message that passes as art (to some).”
Oh, and she couldn’t resist getting in this parting shot: “you can KiSS MY Glittery ASS.”
The band, meanwhile, has issued an apology, saying they “accept full responsibility for prematurely having Pitchfork post it. It has outraged and upset a segment of fans and we apologize if we offended any viewers.”
Just how apologetic were they feeling? Not too deeply, judging from a tweet posted by Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne: “Dang!!!!! @fatbellybella you really know how to do it!!!! You hatin on me has gotten the video 100,000 more views !!!LOVE LOVE LOVE.”