Erykah Badu is pissed of at video director, Wayne Coyne, releasing her brand new video “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.” The controversial video showcases nudity and slightly shocking imagery.
Check out her Twitter rant going off on the director and telling him to kiss both her and her sister Nayrok’s asses below………..
The video director responded to the negative backlash he’s been getting about the new Flaming Lips/Erykah Badu video that hit the net last week. He tweeted to fans:
To all the haters who think Erykah Badu has lost her mind!!! She has NOT!!! The Flaming Lips take full responsibility ..
For the making of and the content of the controversial video !!! We are very sorry if it has offended some of Erykah Badu’s more
The video was intended for mature audiences and is NOT an Erykah Badu statement.. It is a Flaming Lips video!!!
Erykah Rt’d his sentiments, but put him in his place about breaching their contract about him releasing the vid without her approval. And about manipulating her artistry for his own self serving reasons. She wrote:
@waynecoyne then… perhaps, next time u get an occasion to work with an artist who respects your mind/art, you should send at least a ROUGh version of the video u PLAN to release b4 u manipulate or compromise the artist’s brand by desperately releasing a poor excuse for shock and nudity that sends a convoluted message that passes as art( to some).
Even with Window Seat there was a method and thought process involved. I have not one need for publicity . I just love artistic dialogue . And just because an image is shocking does not make it art.
You obviously have a misconception of who I am artistically. I don’t mind that but… By the way you are an ass.
Yu did everything wrong from the on set .
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.
You then said u would take my shots ( in clear water/ fully covered parts -seemed harmless enough) and Nayrok’s part ( which I was not present for but saw the photos and a sample scene of cornstarch dripping ) and edit them together along with cosmic, green screen images ( which no one saw) then would show me the edit. .
Instead, U disrespected me by releasing pics and rough vid on the internet without my approval. (Contract breech )
That is equivalent to putting out a security camera’s images of me changing in the fitting room.
I never would have approved that tasteless, meaningless, shock motivated video .
Our art is a reflection of who we are . I have no connection to those images shot in their raw version. I was interested in seeing an amazing edit that would perhaps change or alter my thoughts . Never happened .
You also did the same thing with the song itself which displays crappy “rough “vocals by me . I let it go , perhaps iiiii was missing something, I thought.
I Should have followed my first mind back in studio when recording the vocals “your way”.
( Red flag.) It was uncomfortable. For that I am at fault .
Consequently, brother, As a human I am disgusted with your what appears to be desperation and poor execution. And disregard for others . As a director I am unimpressed . As a sociologist I understand your type. As your fellow artist I am uninspired. As a woman I feel violated and underestimated.
Hope it works out for ya ,Wayne.
Really i could give a shit less. Still love your live show tho. And , you’re welcomed. Lesson learned.
I guess u feel it better to apologize than ask for permission and be refused . Hey, Love u man, but your ways are not very nice .
O, And on behalf of all the artists u have manipulated or plan to manipulate, find another way .
These things have been said out of necessity. And if you don’t like it you can KiSS MY Glittery ASS .
Oh sh*t, now that was interesting!