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Erykah Badu's Nude JFK Assassination Video (watch)

badu Erykah Badus Nude JFK Assassination Video (watch)Erykah Badu walks nude down a Dallas Street in a jarring cinéma vérité video for her new album. She eerily ends up in Dealey Plaza where President Kennedy was assassinated, and is instantly gunned down herself. But instead of blood, she bleeds a message.

As she lays on the sidewalk, nude in a fetal position, the word “groupthink” spills from her head and her disembodied voice chants a free-verse poem.

“They who play it safe, are quick to assassinate what they don’t understand,” she speaks. “They move in packs, ingesting more and more fear with every act of hate on one another.

“They feel more comfortable in groups, less guilt to swallow. They are us. This is what we have become, afraid to respect the individual.”

Badu’s new LP New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh, will be released Tuesday (Mar. 30). You can buy it here, by clicking the icon to the left.

Although not totally original, the video for her single “Window Seat”  has far more impact as performance art than Lady Gaga’s over-produced nine-minute, prison-themed video collaboration with Beyoncé for Gaga’s song “Telephone.”

Badu’s video was shot on a Dallas Street while real people, including children, looked on — or averted their eyes.

Some street dude can even be seen stealing her clothes – for real.

The video has a surreal look, in part, because of  the way Badu moves down the street, pulling off each piece of clothing, always looking straight ahead, walking in a slow, steady lope.

The video also has the same look as grainy Kennedy assassination footage. It opens with Badu exiting from a 60s-era Lincoln Continental sedan. Radio commentary on the progress of JFK’s motorcade toward its date with destiny sets up the scene.

Badu provided the back story to the video on her Twitter account.

“We only had 1 shot to get it right,” she tweeted. “We didn’t plan the shot. [Director] Coodie and I just went raw dog. Too busy lookin’ for cops and being petrified.”

“The people caught in the shot were trying hard to ignore me,” Badu tweeted. “Lol, [except] one guy grabbing [my] clothes. … He disappeared. Didn’t have time to look for him or clothes. We ran. It was the peeps off camera yelling.

Despite the raucous, “I held my head up and kept moving. … There were children there. I prayed they wouldn’t b traumatized.”

Artists stripping down in protest is nothing new. Alanis Morrisette did it years ago, and she remains an activist to this day.

Badu nods to Matt and Kim’s “Lesson Learned.” The duo stripped in the middle of Times Square, to even less public reaction, in their video.




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58 comments to Erykah Badu’s Nude JFK Assassination Video (watch)

  • love

    Its funny how everyone reacted to her video I thought it was good its funny we are born naked but when adam and eve sinned our punishment was shame so now the world reacts in shame to nudity but in our TV shows, Films and Commercials everyone is selling sex but no-one try’s to get it taken off the air and Erykah video was liberal and people reacted as followers and who cares if the video remind you jfk free your mind listen to the music rappers to trash allday and expose black women and no-one crys no-one seem to care enjoy the nudity people only reacted because they liked what they saw because if you thought she wasn’t a good artist you wouldn’t have known she was nude until the end so people wanted to watch

  • KIARA MURPHY

    @ LEAST SHE HAS A NICE BODY! LOL!

  • Bob

    Um, she’s not naked – false alarm. Her body is blurred out.

  • mamaou

    you look dirty badu! take a bath first!

  • kimberly

    Remarkable……..Bravo Badu!
    Matt and Kims video inspired her,
    why all the controversy?
    GROUP THink…….

  • Terry

    Adam and Eve is just a story…um, evolution, people! It’s those damn religious people that made us ashamed of our beautiful bodies. Erykah — you rule.

  • Jesse

    Let’s look at the plus and minus side of this.
    Plus—- 1-Smooth track. 2-Nice scenery. 3=Nice body. 4-Self expression. 5-Suspense. 6-Beautiful sister. 7-Entertainment. etc. etc.
    Minus— 1-Maybe a child will see and be frightened. THAT’S IT.
    If a child is affected negatively it would be unfortunate. The parents of that child should simply explain to their child that maybe they don’t condone what she did, but we all see nudity in others at some point in our lives. This isn’t a case of a sexual offense or anything of the sort that could truly affect a child. So why make it worse by acting as if some horrific crime occurred. If you notice in the video most of the people kcpt going about their business. That’s what makes America so great. Choices. If you don’t like it, simply don’t watch. If you do because of all the positives, then watch. Erykah received her fine and will probably pay it. She will then keep it moving in the positive direction she is going. Erykah, keep up the great work sweetheart. Come on out to Long Island and wake up some of the conservatives out here. I’ll be your bodyguard dear.

    Jesse

  • Stan

    The cops charging her is wrong. This is ART! There is always an exception for artistic integrity and merit. I think the charges should be dropped.

  • Cathy

    Please tell me what the video has to do with the words to the song. Please tell me because I’m confused.

  • CHRIS

    that’s nasty she has no respect for other people she also should be band from music and anybody that has any sense of murals she not buy her music

  • Joe

    Too bad they blurred out the good parts. Otherwise, it was excellent.

  • Brazill Nutz

    This is outrageous! Why is this video blurred? I want to see this art in all of its essence.

    By the way: nice body, sister!

    Beyonce, watch out.

  • JoJo

    I say charge her with littering. too, LOL!

  • Jessie

    It’s funny how french people aren’t as offended when they see french women strip naked for a music video (there’s actually a french music video where women walk down a busy street naked, I forgot what i was called though), whereas Erykah gets charged for a misdemeanor because a single woman saw her. Life.

  • Jessie

    well not a single woman, but well, she gets charged. you know what I mean.

  • Projectchild

    Its been stated that the message that the video makes is ‘”If the JFK sniper had seen all that romp President Kennedy never would have been shot….

  • jeslyn

    This video is absurb and worst still boring,walking on the street and peeling off her clothes one by one as if to put people in suspense and as if we hadnt had enough of nudity on and off screen, perhaps she’s trying to compete and outshine all the other Hollywood celebrities like Beyonce, J.Lo,Britney Spears,Rianna,etc..i guess she must be craving to be the ultimate shocker icon yeah…

  • Emory

    Nutty Nutty Nutty!!! Just another singer/entertainer doing something outrageous to keep her name out there. I would have much more respect for her if she kept her clothes on and voiced in an intelligent manner what she had to say.

  • slayer

    wtf is there to understand over here … all i could appreciate was some nice ass … rest was all blurred.
    “i-think”

  • Stormin Norman

    Hey Erika,” I see” said, the blind man. Self expression is a good thing. Now I know what a million dollars looks like. The hollywood plastic girls should take notice of a real sista and art as it’s known in the black community. Nothing wrong with expression. Keep your head up. Real hair, breast, flat stomach and ….. nice bumper….. No dimples ? U go girl

  • yatta yow

    Hey Erykah you’re looking good and your song sounds good too keep up the good work on your songs and on you.

  • KAYLA LEWIS

    Eryka Badu is a beautiful spirit, and is not afraid to say or do what lots have on their hearts and minds.I am and will always be a FAN!!!!!!!!!!!

  • AG

    A shameful thing to do because she saw that there were young kids there. I wonder if she would have done that in front of her own kids. If a man did that with his dong hanging out, everyone would cry bloody murder. I love Erica’s music and style, but wrong is wrong! This just pushes the envelop in terms of what our small children can now be exposed to without any sort of penalty. I’m very disappointed by this. And the fact that she is an artist or has a beautiful body in no way mitigates her actions. My wife and I just had a huge debate over this. She was in staunch support of Erica’s actions. I finally brought her back to her senses when I said: what if we were there with our two small kids (ages 7 & 11), would you have been so smitten and supportive of Erica’s actions then? My wife’s response: No!

  • kell44

    i didn’t realize how phat her ass was!! love it

  • J JONES

    PLEASE STOP ALL THE HATING THE WOMAN HAS A GREAT SHAPE AFTER THREE CHILDREN AND A BEAUTIFUL VOICE AND IS ACTIVIST
    SHE HAS ALWAYS BEEN GOING THIS WAY WHY IS IT NOW THAT SOME OF YOU THAT LOVED HER JUMP NOW ON THE BAND WAGON OF HATE AND RIDICULE AND SAY EVIL THINGS ABOUT HER, STOP IT SERIOUSLY
    SHE TOOK ALL HER CLOTHES OFF SO THAT YOU COULD SEE HER SO THAT SHE MIGHT GET YOUR ATTENTION
    GET YOU TALKING
    EVOLVE YOUR THOUGHT THE THINKING HAS DIED AND SHE HAS REVIVED BLACK BEAUTY
    LIKE THE PICTIRE FROM THE 60’S WITH THE NAKED BLK WOMAN WITH THE AFRO THAT WAS ON MILLIONS OF OUR WALLS AS WE GREW
    IT LEFT SO DID THE RESPECT FOR NATURAL BEAUTY NOW LIKE THE VELVET PICTURE SHE IS BACK AND MAKING YOU SAY
    DAAAAAAAM ERIKA
    YES SHE IS BANGING
    AND STOP ALL THAT HATING
    HATING CAUSES CANCER

  • Shameka Williams

    U go Erykah!! Great artistic expression and beautiful anatomy!!!

  • DMF

    SHE LOOKD GREAT, DONT KNOW HOW SHE IS BUT SHE LOOKS GOOD. WHY SUCH A BIG DEAL WITH THIS VIDEO, SO WHAT SHE’S NAKED. YOU CAN SEE WORST ON TV. GET OVER IT AND GROW UP. MATTER OF FACT DONT WATCH THE VIDEO

  • El Bosho

    I mean, its ok to see naked women on National Geographic but its not ok to watch a naked woman making art and trying to make a point in “an urban enviorment”… Why do you have to blur the image, its not morbid nor porn in any way… Cool video!!!

  • Mike

    Despite her age a mature adult should administer the spanking of ms badu’s life, on her ample bare bottom with a hairbrush and or paddle. needless to say it would be well desereved and long overdue. Sgt Mitchell Dallas PD could administer it!!!! Afterall he was the spokesperson for the incident, and I am sure he would perform the task briskly and soundly so she learns a good lesson about public nudity. The fatherly thing to do on his part.

  • Lizz

    THIS IS DISGRACEFUL! WOULD IT BE APPROPRITATE FOR A WOMAN TO DO THIS WHERE MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. WAS ASSINATED? I THINK NOT! THIS IS NOT ART… JUST A SLAP IN THE FACE SHAME ON HER!

  • Muse

    the guy picking up her clothes was with her, he wasn’t stealing them…she put on her twitter that he was there to go behind her and collect her clothes as she took them off

  • Lisa

    I don’t know what offends me more. This disgusting video, or the fact that half of the people that like this garbage claim to be an American!! This is disgusting and would never be considered art!! Anyone can strip down in public, look nasty as they do it, and offend MILLIONS of TRUE Americans! This time our Judicial system has actually worked, unfortunately, it should have gone a little bit further and sent back to your own country! If you are going to disrespect the memory of a President of the United States…you don’t deserve to live in MY country!!!!!

  • KA

    Freedom of expression. E is delivering a message in a free world. She looks good and keep up the good work, EB.

  • ALICIA

    The person who claims this is their America and EB should go back to her own country! Sweet person this is her country and any one born here… now or then this is their country 2! Watch the History Channel! And u might get it! Do you realize that life on this planet or in America did not begin only when you were born, so, therefore; U can probably deduct that there have been all kinds, all races, all creeds, all beliefs, all cultures, and all people here in America and on Earth for that matter! But, logically think about this who told u that your kind is the “cream of the crop”…No pun intended! Seriosly, think before u speak or in this case type! My cousin has a saying or “motto” in life, she says, “This life is a lease, only”! U can not buy life and live for ever! Even the Mega Rich can’t pull that rabbit out of their hats!

  • SFF

    NICE ASS ERIKA! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

  • SFF

    Nice video and banging bod, keep up the good work Erika.

  • robbyd

    This song sounds like every other Erykah Badu song, not too impressive, as far as the video goes, who cares!!!! People have made far worse videos and performances. Get over it people! There’s so much crappy music, literature and “Art” out there nowadays that nothing is shocking anymore. We are all numb to publicity stunts like this. There are bigger problems in the world than a substandard video of this woman stripping on the street.

  • GIbill

    We as Americans have our right to voice our opinions just like everyone has on this blog. She is a artist, singer pushing her point. If she is not allowed this then take down all paintings and statues from museums that depict nudity. Yes I agree that she should have consider the kids in the area. But as humans we need to evolve in a positive direction. unfortunately we are not evolving toward that direction. MLK JFK are individual who wanted us to change to a positive direction. look at our young black man now wearing there pants half way down there butt. rap artistes spitting out hate. Erykah Badu’s point is made now its time for us to look at our selves.

  • Deans List

    o shit…lol

  • monroe_dreaux318

    I THINK BADU WANTS US TO FREE OUR MINDS AND SEE HOW REPROGRAM WE ACTUALLY ARE THERE IS ALOT GOING ON BEHIND THE SCENES THAT WE AS CONSUMERS AND GENERAL PUBLIC DONT KNOW ABOUT AND WHEN SECRET INFO IS LEAKED THE PERSON THAT LEAKS IT IS EITHER ASSASSINATED OR PORTRAYED AS CRAZY SO WE THE PEOPLE CAN BE MANIPULATED TO LOOK OVER THE REAL MESSAGE THATS TRYING TO BE DELIVERED i.e. BOELE-ILLUMINATI BADU I UNDERSTAND IM FROM MONROE,LOUISIANA WENT TO GRAMBLING AND STAY IN DALLAS THIS IS NOT ME TRYIN TO GET AT YOU ALL I WANT IS TO RECORD IF YOU READ THESE BLOG I WOULD LOVE TO SIGN WITH YOU TO MY ALBUM TITLED “THE LAST REAL ACTIVIST” IM GLAD YOU’RE BACK AND I UNDERSTAND THE MESSAGE CLEAR AS GLASS………CONTACT ME THX………..

  • Tap

    Why is all the attention focused on her stripping ?

    What’s REALLY sick, twisted and disgusting about that video is her doing a cheap and self-serving parody of Kennedy’s assasination… even mimicking how his head jerked back when he took that shot to the head.

    My god, what does she do for an encore in her next clip, copy Sharon Tate’s murder ? … 9/11 ?

  • James

    I’m sooooooooooo sick of hearing the “freedom of speach” mantra to justify someone doing something in bad taste.

    Fine then, freedon of speach ? Then I’m sure that Erykah, and some of her fans here, would then not mind, at all if some singer now did a video, where he is seen (pretending to) brutally raping, say, an Erykah look-a-like, to “make a point”, or doing so to a yound child, and then covering it with his feces, as long as there was some “message” to it ?

    YES, freedom of speach IS a right… but one which must be used responsibily and some measure of judgement !

  • joey

    In some cities a stunt like exposing yourself in public will get you a quick trip to a psych hospital after which multiple citations will follow if determined not to be mentally incapacitated.

  • Sanman

    YOUR EVOLUTION HAS BEEN AMAZING ERYKAH,…EXPRSS YOUR ART MISS BADU, PEACE ALWAYS, LATER.

  • BIG DIESEL

    she drop her shit like the cowboys drop owens

  • marcus starnes

    Erykah killed it…absolute artistry an I totally agree with the above comment…no one complains about rappers when they exploit women lustfully..true she did it in public w/o peoples consent but as sexual as america is nowdays any kid over 7 didn’t see anthing new…It was absolut grand display of power and individualism…evolving and accention into oneness..I love it….you won’t be able to destroy all of us…The Word says so..a reminant will be saved of His Holy Bloodline :-)

  • YUMMIE

    I love it!! Eryka is the bomb. Thanks sister for taking a chance to wake up the nation. However some of us are still waiting for the motership to save them so their asses will be left!!!!

  • Steve

    That was fabulis, please come to WV and do a video at Harper Ferry! Ani’t no body bad like you Erykah

  • lilnique

    Ok, so I’ve finally seen the video, and I can’t believe people have made such a big deal about it. Nudity is a part of life. Parents raise their kids, not artists, so if any kids were around, is it still really that big of a deal, NO. I have a two year old, and I wouldn’t have been offended if we were there. We live in an over-sexed, morally de-sensititized socitey in which killing and wars are happening every moment. The whole purpose of the video is about freedom and evolving the way we think, wake up and get the bigger picture! I loved the video, and I will continue to be a fan.

  • Michelle

    I loved it. I have been an Erykah Badu fan for a while and I get it. She is not afraid to take risks and to me that is the true definition of an artist.

  • Speechless! Ms. Badu is a true performing artist! I love what she stands for and believes in. If not she, then whom?

  • Smilie kept 100

    Erykah, I cant say nothing but do you if most people speak how they feel with out violence we all will be okay. I’ve read what you said in jet.If everyone will find there inter-self they will know how to love their self, their kids and other.I love your music every sent you have came out , if people don’t understand true art they don’t understand them self. Smiley Kept 100 we are all blessed.

  • Michelle

    okay i must admit, just watching this video with no background information….i’m totally lost and don’t get the message….but i still love u Erykah you are so naturally beautiful and your voice is amazing!!!!

  • Leroy Smart

    She is desparate. She should look for a job. It’s crazy that she feels she has to continue to be a recording artist so long after her best-before date.

  • SPA

    Erykah I think you are as cold as ever!!!! The definition of beauty and a true artist.

  • SHAUN MYEZA

    ALL IM SAYIN THE BYTCH CRAZY

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