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Erykah Badu Responds to Music Video Controversy

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Erykah Badu is not a happy camper. After the Wayne Coyne directed music video featuring her and The Flaming Lips went out to the public, the green-eyed songstress took to Twitter and Facebook to vent her frustrations. The controversial video, “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face,” which saw the legendary artist in the nude, has been played over 20,000 times and was officially deemed as an “erroneously posted video. (”

Not taking too kindly to the outrage, Badu posted a message outlining her disapproval via her official Facebook page.

“3:33pm dallas @waynecoyne then… perhaps, next time u get an occasion to work with an artist who respects your mind/art, you should send at least a ROUGh version of the video u PLAN to release b4 u manipulate or compromise the artist’s brand by desperately releasing a poor excuse for shock and nudity that sends a convoluted message that passes as art( to some). Even with Window Seat there was a method and thought process involved. I have not one need for publicity. I just love artistic dialogue . And just because an image is shocking does not make it art.”

The Flaming Lips’ video featured Badu and her sister in the nude, covered in what appeared to be blood. The outrage reached across the blogosphere with comments decrying Badu’s participation in a controversial music video many found to be distasteful.

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