Erykah Badu's Naked New Video: What Does it All Mean?
"The object of art is to invoke inspiration and create dialogue." - Badu
Erykah Badu’s new video with the Flaming Lips, The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face, has everyone talking. But what’s new when it comes to Badu?—who is no stranger to being praised and lambasted by critics and fans for her artistic work.
In the video, Badu appears naked in a tub. Then the body image switches to another woman—Badu’s look-a-like sister Nayrok—who is naked as well and covered in various substances: gold glitter, blood, and something that looks a lot like sperm.
Over the weekend, fans took to Twitter to give their reactions. Some praised Badu, calling her amazing, while others said the video was way too out there. And of course, many viewers took issue with Badu’s fully-exposed body, saying the video is obscene and pornographic.
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While I don’t see why nudity is of concern (there’s obviously an artistic merit), I haven’t quite grasped the concept of Badu’s visual message here. It’s being said that the video represents the creation (semen and blood) and celebration (glitter) of life. Or, that it’s a portrayal of one’s sexual encounter.
Badu is a visionary artist. She’s used nudity before to express a revolutionary statement about freeing yourself in “Window Seat.” Always pushing the boundaries of artistic expression, Badu recently Tweeted—perhaps in response to the Flaming Lips video—"The object of art is to invoke inspiration and create dialogue. To stimulate. Sometimes it can arouse hidden or upfront fears."
So what does nudity, glitter, blood and, um, semen represent? I’m curious to know your interpretations.