Erykah Badu has done a duet with the group Flaming Lips, using Roberta Flack’s “First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.” And the video came out this week, and it is a total clusterf*ck. I watched all 5 minutes of it and frowned through the entire thing because it involved a naked Erykah Badu (and her sis Nayrok as body double) in a tub, covered in glitter, then blood, then some milky substance I can only assume is love juice.
So yes, she’s earned this week’s sternly-worded letter.
If you wanna view the NSFW video, the only copy I see online still (because they seem to have pulled it) is on PerezHilton.com.
Dear Erykah Badu,
Girl I want to come to your house and walk on your freshly-manicured grass in football cleats and then ring your door bell multiple times for no reason just to annoy you like your new video annoyed me. And then I’d put my finger one inch from your ear and go “I’m not touching you.”
But really. That video. WHAT IN THE WORLD WAS THAT, ERYKAH??? What. WAS. THAT??? You’re in a tub rubbing glitter on yourself and then the glitter becomes blood, and you’re rubbing it all on your face and body. Then the blood becomes some stringy milky substance, which we all assume is love juice, and you take that and drop it all in your mouth. While some random white man is rolling sheets all around him. All while you’re whining the words “First time, ever I saw your face.” GIRL WHAT???
First of all, the classic song by legendary Roberta Flack needs not be associated with your experiments with art and randomness, ma’am. The fact that I might hear the original and start thinking of you being butt nekkid in a tub of random liquids is really making me wanna fight the air. Methinks Roberta should come to your house and have a long talk with you about pissing on her song’s legacy like this.
Then, the writhing around in the tub and all’at. My peoples on Twitter are saying it’s supposed to represent childbirth, which maybe it does. Maybe the glitter then blood then milk love juice is like reverse conception, childbirth and joy? I don’t gahtdamb know but what I do know is that you’re doing the absolute most.
I get it. You’re mother everything and hippie chic and granola love and vegan vajayjay and president of the “I’m so different” club. You’re so deep that the lost city of Atlantis is sitting on your house. Erykah, WE GET IT. You’re weird and proud of it. But sometimes, even you gotta look at some of your antics and say “I really tried it this time.” I’m sure this video is supposed to be art but all I see is some crude craptaculousity. I am of the thought process that some art can be foolish and self-important and this video is that. Also, I don’t think every random thing thrown together should be called “art” but that’s for another day.
You’re clearly testing your boundaries, and ready to proclaim everyone who doesn’t “get it” as shallow. However, this video does nothing but shock and whatever message you’re trying to send across got lost somewhere between the super close shot of the ass filled with glitter and the full frontal of your sister’s Love Pocket dripping blood. BTW, I know your sister was your body double but I wonder how she got all that glitter out her orifices. That doesn’t seem fun. Did you pay her enough for that? I see you didn’t want that to be your yansh full of tiny gold specks. Well played, Erykah.
I’m also curious as to why you didn’t use your own body. Maybe it’s cuz the rest of us can’t be exposed to your own magic Love Pocket, which seems to have turned many a man out. Remember how you had Common rocking crocheted pants and talmbout lights. And Andre 3000 was rocking FUBU before he met you. Maybe it woulda been too much for everyone to handle. Anywho, you and your sister frolicking in that tub made my soul side-eye you…
One of my girls put it perfectly when she said:
“How are you gonna take those elements – nudity, bodily fluids, beautiful black women, a roberta flack classic about adoration and love – and manage to create something both disturbing AND boring, exploitative and oddly UNsexy? Not only how, but why!? Mind-boggling.”
Glory. SAY ALL OF THAT.
I’m still trying to uncringe my face from the look I had while watching that video, which just made me wanna cuss. Aijuswanacuss. Doing the doggone most and no one knows the reason.
I think you need to go have a window seat on this one. \__ Just sat down somewhere. You and your creative juices need to go simmer somewhere. Ain’t nobody here for that. And if they are, they’re kidding themselves if they think this video is some type of genius.
Did you watch the video? What did you think? Is Erykah just so beyond her time or does she just need to stop doing too much?