Erykah Badu's 'Window Seat' Video Shows Her Stripping, Getting Shot

Soul singer gets shot at site of JFK assassination in new music video.

ByABC News
March 30, 2010, 9:50 AM

March 30, 2010 — -- Sex and violence: In pop culture, it's the one-two punch that knocks the wind out of just about everyone. Currently basking in its power is Erykah Badu.

The soul singer scored a mother lode of attention (and free publicity) this week with her new video "Window Seat," in which she strips nude and simulates getting shot in the head.

A single camera follows Badu for nearly five minutes as she walks through the streets of downtown Dallas, systematically stripping off her overcoat, sweatshirt, pants, sheer T-shirt, underwear and bra before falling to the ground as an unseen assassin fires at her. The video ends with Badu, a mother of three, bleeding blue on Elm Street, steps away from where President Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.

It's a shocking concept, though not an unprecedented one. The video for "Window Seat" was inspired by indie punk group Matt and Kim's "Lessons Learned" video, in which the duo strip down in New York's Times Square.

But Badu pushed the envelope with her bare bones, no-holds-barred approach to filming: "guerrilla style, no crew, 1 take, no closed set, no warning, 2 min., downtown dallas, then ran like hell," she tweeted after the March 17 shoot.

As her clothes came off, criticism followed. "they were yelling, THIS IS A PUBLIC PLACE: YOU OUGHTA BE ASHAMED: PUT YOUR CLOTHES ON: DAMN GIRL! etc...," Badu tweeted.

Of course, nudity in music videos is nothing new: Madonna, Alanis Morissette and Britney Spears have bared all in the name of song.

Arguably, it's the gunshot combined with her unclothed body that makes Badu's video truly provocative, just like it's the mass murder combined with the barely-there outfits that make Lady Gaga's "Telephone" video sensational.