Well, if "art is supposed to spark dialogue," as Erykah Badu stated in a recent interview, then she sure has completed the task. Erykah Badu's "Window Seat" video has been the talk of the town ever since it was released to online sites a few weeks ago. Her decision to strip down naked on a busy Dallas, Texas street has earned her praise from some and criticism from others.
"I expected it to provoke dialogue and it's an important statement to make," said the singer in her own defense. She went on to explain the video and her decision to go nude in the clip. "It's about freeing oneself of the layers and layers of things that we have learned as Americans in this country. At the point of becoming naked and individual and free, either you're assassinated spiritually or mentally by the group or worse."
Less than a week after the video's release, Dallas, Texas police charged Badu with disorderly conduct, and she could be fined up to $500 for her actions. The charge came after one witness Ida Espinoza gave a sworn statement to police, said Sergeant Warren Mitchell. "She disrobed in a public place without regard to individuals and small children who were close by," Mitchell stated.
Badu has since responded to the controversy and stands behind her decision, "I thought it was a move for women and men and children who feel they weren't good enough. This is just me, I'm good enough."