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2010-03-31 16:35
 
Erykah Badu gets shot stripping in public for social freedom in her new video.
 
 Erykah Badu - always more than just your average bit of pop star booty - has released a new video to publicise her latest album.  The video, which like the recent Lady Gaga and Massive Attack videos takes a narrative format, has stirred controversy as it was shot in Dallas on the site where President JF Kennedy was shot.

In the Video, Erykah strips completely naked and then falls to the ground as she is shot down by an imaginary bullet, referencing Kennedy's assassination.

The video was made in only one shot and without permission in gonzo-guerilla style. Badu said on twitter, "I held my head up and kept moving. ... There were children there. I prayed they wouldn't b traumatized."

Oddly, many Americans feel that the video is disrespectful to the memory of the dead president, who fought for greater social freedom... in other words, they're missing the point.

The video is designed to raise public awareness of and fight against 'groupthink', a 1950s term describing the human herd instinct in which dissenters and free thinkers are attacked, silenced and ostracised. It's not just a great video, but a cool political song too.

(Universal removed the video from YouTube on April 31 - the above video is a news insert with some footage included)

Not everyone got Erykah's point. CRAZYLIKE1, for example, posted this comment under the video on YouTube: "im going to agree with PackersFan025. please put your clothes back on. no one wants to see that."

We say: Perhaps if people weren't so lame-brained, Erykah wouldn't have had to take her clothes off to get their attention in the first place. But we're glad she did. Check out the cool tattoo she has on her back, which says simply EVOLVING. She also has an absolutely gorgeous body.

The video is the third in recent weeks to take a narrative (storytelling) approach, and to push the boundaries. Massive Attack recently did a documentary on a porn starlet, now an old woman, and Lady Gaga and Beyonce collaborated on a sexy lesbians-behind-bars spoof.

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