Erykah Badu Lashes Out at Flaming Lips Over 'Soft Porn' Music Video
So much for their “heady fwendship.”
Erykah Badu is fighting mad at the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne, whom the singer collaborated with on the band’s Record Store Day LP, The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends. Following the release of a music video for their track, “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” Badu has unleashed a fiery Twitter rampage aimed at Coyne, likening the video to “soft porn.”
In the clip, Badu appears naked in a bathtub as her little sister Nayrok is seen covered in liquid corn starch, gold glitter and a milky white substance. At first, Badu called the video “cosmic,” but she quickly changed her tune.
"I never would have approved that tasteless, meaningless, shock motivated video,” she wrote on Twitter before laying blame solely on Coyne.
"Yu did everything wrong from the on set," she said. "First: You showed me a concept of beautiful tasteful imagery (by way of vid text messages). I trusted that. I was mistaken. Then u release an unedited, unapproved version within the next few days. That all spells 1 thing, Self Serving. When asked what the concept meant after u explained it, u replied ,'it doesn't mean anything, I just want to make a great video that everyone is going to watch.' I understood, because as an artist we all desire that. But we don't all do it at another artist's expense. I attempted to resolve this respectfully by having conversations with u after the release but that too proved to be a poor excuse for art."
Before making her rant public, Badu claims to have reached out in an attempt to “create dialogue” with Coyne over the “offensive” video.
“He took no responsibility for exploiting our beauty,” she posted. “However, he drafted a letter that served as a Badu disclaimer for HIS version.”
Indeed. Coyne attempted to calm the firestorm of fan outrage by releasing the following statement: “The video link that was erroneously posted on Pitchfork by the Flaming Lips of the Music Video 'The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face', which features Erykah Badu, is unedited and unapproved. Sorry!! We, the Flaming Lips, accept full responsibility for prematurely having Pitchfork post it. It has outraged and upset a segment of fans and we apologize if we offended any viewers!!! This is a Flaming Lips video which features Erykah Badu and her sister Nayrok and is not meant to be considered an Erykah Badu or Nayrok statement, creation, or approved version."
"..Unacceptable. He is now enjoying the shine of exploiting a friend out of desperation 2 sell his record. I Wish him well.. And his fans," Badu concluded.