The Not Safe For Work (NSFW) label attached to Flaming Lips’ controversial video “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face,” featuring Erykah Badu and her sister Nayrok, is an understatement. The visual has ruffled more than a few feathers since its release last week, leaving many Badu fans puzzled– and disgusted– at her latest attempt at art.
But Wayne Coyne, the band’s frontman, cleared up the confusion via Twitter saying that the “Call Tyrone” singer was not at fault. He stated:
“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
Conservative audience! The video was intended for mature audiences and is NOT an Erykah Badu statement..It is a Flaming Lips video!!!”
Despite Coyne’s explanation, Badu addressed fans personally with this lengthy Twitter rant…
“@waynecoyne then… perhaps, next time u [sic] 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 . First: 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.”