Erykah Badu Twitter Feuds with The Flaming Lips Frontman
The soul queen claims that Wayne Coyne released NSFW video footage and photos of her without her approval.
Via an open letter to The Flaming Lips' lead singer on Twitter, Erykah Badu (who we interviewed for Oyster #97) has given Wayne Coyne (who we also interviewed for Oyster #97) a verbal smackdown of epic proportions. After the living goddesss and her sister Nayrok featured in Wayne's NSFW video for the collaborative single 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face', she says Wayne "disrespected me by releasing pics and rough vid on the Internet without my approval." His response? "Nice ass," among other things.
Directed by George Salibury, Erykah says that the video's concept was Wayne's idea, which isn't hard to believe seeing as he often shoots videos with nudity, and enjoys tweeting pictures of his wife naked. No judgement bro, we're all nature's children, and Erykah herself isn't immune to the charms of taking your clothes off in public. For this particular clip, though, which features the soul queen naked and covered with different types of substances, from the pretty (glitter) to the gross (blood), Erykah was apparently promised a say in the editing — or, at least, to be shown the video before the rest of the Internet got to see it, along with naked photos of her and her sister, taken on Wayne’s phone.
The video has now been taken offline, but not before Erykah publicly called out Wayne on his behaviour, telling him that she felt violated and also to "kiss my ass." Wayne responded by tweeting a photo of himself, making a 'kiss face', with glitter-covered lips. The caption read, "I kissed it!!!! Thanks!!!" and then "Yes!!! Nice ass!!!" and even more recently, "Dang!! you really know how to do it!!!! You hatin on me has gotten the video 100,000 more views !!! LOVE LOVE LOVE." Use a few more exclamation marks, next time Wayne!
Some fans are calling bullshit on the whole Twitter beef, suggesting it's just a way for the musicians to get some extra publicity for their video. Either way, visit @waynecoyne and @fatbellybella to watch the drama unfold.
Read Erykah Badu’s full 'letter' below:
@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 begged me to sit in a tub of that other shit and I said naw. I refused to sit in any liquid that was not water. But Out of RESPECT for you and the artist you 'appear' to be, I Didn't wanna kill your concept , wanted u to at least get it out of your head . After all, u spent your dough on studio , trip to Dallas etc.. Sooo, I invited Nayrok , my lil sis and artist, who is much more liberal ,to be subject of those other disturbing (to me ) scenes . I told u from jump that I believed your concept to be disturbing. But would give your edit a chance.
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 .
By the way I have guested in very few videos. But I have always been given the opportunity to see the edit and contribute to it when my roll is substantial. Not this time .
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 .
O and Nayrok told me to tell u to kiss her ass too .