Appearing on The Wanda Sykes Show on Saturday night, Erykah Badu defended her controversial music video for the song “Window Seat.”
“My point was grossly misunderstood all over America,” she said. She denied intending any insult to the memory of
John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in Dallas’ Dealey Plaza, also the site of Badu’s video. “J.F.K. is one of my heroes, one of the nation’s heroes,” said Badu. She continued:
“John F Kennedy was a revolutionary; he was not afraid to butt heads with America, and I was not afraid to show America my butt-naked truth.”
Sykes joked that the singer “wasn’t afraid to show her badus” in public, and offered her own taped parody of the video, in which Sykes fell and tripped on a sidewalk while trying to strip down the way Badu does in her video.
Badu’s explanation doesn’t quite clarify her intentions, do you think? But then, it’s not necessarily an artist’s responsibility to explain the art, is it?