Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (April 9, 2010)



Erykah Badu is awesome. But now you know she’s really awesome, because Wanda Sykes parodied her latest video “Window Seat” on her late night show.

About a week ago, Ms. Badu dropped New Amerykah, Pt. 2: Return of the Ankh, the follow-up to her 2008 socially conscious album, New Amerykah Pt. 1 (4th World War), and has already entered at No. 4 on the charts. Badu also recently joined the lineup of Lollapalooza 2010 along with Lady Gaga and Matt & Kim, whose video inspired the concept for “Window Seat.”

In addition to the album’s commercial success, Badu’s “Window Seat” video has stirred quite the controversy over the last week for her public disrobing in Dealey Plaza in Dallas, the place of John F. Kennedy‘s assassination. After stripping completely naked, the video ends with the sound of a gun shot and Ms. Badu discussing the evils of groupthink and those who kill what they don’t know.

While Badu has explained that the video is a tribute to the late President Kennedy, Americans, naturally, have a deathly aversion to nudity and are quick to label anything radical as “unpatriotic.”

Wanda Sykes, clearly having no such aversion to Badu’s nudity, welcomed the 39-year-old singer on her show and screened her spoof “Middle Seat,” in which she, too, disrobes publicly. Sykes clumsily takes off her hoodie and sunglasses as she sings, “Can I get a middle seat/I’ll wake you up when I have to pee.” Here’s the video clip:


Sykes definitely lightened the mood for Badu, who was cited by the police for “public nudity,” with a fine of up to $500. Badu explained on The Wanda Sykes Show that the video was “grossly misunderstood.” She was in fact honoring former President Kennedy for not being afraid to “butt heads with America,” and she was “not afraid to show America my butt-naked truth.”

Sure, fines suck, but getting in trouble with the po-po for shooting a music video? Now that’s real art.

— by drummerdeeds

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