E.Badu’s “Window Seat” Video: It’s Not About The Ass!
Erykah Badu has a new album coming out in a few days: New Amerykah Part 2: Return of the Ankh.”
I’ve been waiting with bated breath for the album having always been a Badu fan- but it’s her video for the song “Window Seat” that grabbed my attention- and apparently everyone else’s too.
In it, Badu is seen parking an old school car and getting out. She slips some change in the meter and then turns towards the camera and begins to walk.
First to go is her black jacket. Sandals and sweatshirt soon follow.
At first the video almost seems to simple; a Black woman walking down a sidewalk, stripping her clothes while others watch.
Badu shows a level of raw woman power- you can almost see her thoughts roam across her forehead while she loses each layer of clothing. Ahhhh, the liberation!
Once she starts to take her clothes off, the viewer knows it won’t be over until she is naked, yet still many were left wondering, “is she really going to take off all her clothes?!”
By the end of the video she is nude- and dead.
Her voice over says in part:
They play it safe. They are quick to assassinate what they do not understand. They move in packs, ingesting more and more fear with every act of hate on one another. They feel most comfortable in groups. Less guilt to swallow. They are us. This what we have become. Afraid to respect the individual…
That is the essence of the video. A simple yet utterly powerful statement regarding the condition of people.
People fear what they do not understand.
People kill what they fear.
But soooo many people missed the point.
They were too focused on her ass.
The roundness of it.
The juiciness to it- hell the mere existence of it! Oh my gawd, Erykah Badu has an ass!
Better question: who cares?
What are you- ten years old? C’mon son.
Some will say that by taking off her clothes Badu objectified herself, so it’s alright for others to objectify her (those were mostly men, btw).
Others say Badu ruined the message of the video by showing her body- it was distracting.
The shallowest say her body isn’t “perfect” enough to be showin’ so much skin in a music video.
Well here’s what I say:
I think it is phenomenally powerful what Badu did. It took courage and conviction- whether it was a video shoot or not.
The message of the video- from start to finish- was like a torpedo of raw truth- and she was willing to expose herself to carry it to us.
I also think her body is glorious. Why? Because no woman’s body is perfect- none. What I saw when I looked at Badu wasn’t flesh- it was a vehicle. The vehicle that rolls by, tossing seeds out the window and into our gardens. The vehicle that has brought children into the world that she loves and dedicates her self to. The vehicle that broadens the overall perspective of what Black women are by constantly turning left when everyone tells her to turn right.
But all some of you got from that video was ass?
For her part, Badu took to twitter to address the dust-up, saying:
i expected the gossip blog sites to spin it negatively . i expected people to ride with me.
ive been punished AND rewarded enough times by love and life to dedicate the whole thing to EVOLVING . i am happy .
Damn straight Ms. Badu- damn straight.