A new graphic music video (below) for The Flaming Lips song ‘The First Time’ features Erykah Badu, who sings on the track, and her sister, coated in various liquids, with full frontal nudity.
Badu is unhappy with the video and claims that Wayne Coyne produced a video that doesn’t go with the vision he laid out to her, and released it without getting her approval on either the images or the lyrics in a violation of her contract.
On her Facebook page, Badu wrote
You showed me a concept of beautiful tasteful imagery( by way of vid text messages). I trusted that. I was mistaken…You begged me to sit in a tub of that other sh*t 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 )
Coynes initially tweeted an apology to Badu’s fans who might have been offended by it, saying “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!!!”
Coynes then went on the offensive and tweeted: “Seriously?! Erykah Badu should be thankful to @theflaminglips & @waynecoyne for reminding people she’s still around."
WARNING GRAPHIC VIDEO