Erykah Badu has criticised the US rock group the Flaming Lips for posting a video online which contained footage of her and her sister Nayrok, naked. The footage was part of a promo video for their song 'The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face' and despite both her and her sister being filmed nude, she had not been sent a finished version of the video to approve, or otherwise, before it was posted on the music reviews site Pitchfork.
According to today's story from the Bbc on the issue, Erykah refused to sit in anything but water, for the video, so asked her "more liberal" sister to act as a body double in some of the scenes. Nayrok then sat in "glitter, a blood-like liquid and a sticky white liquid made from corn starch." After the video appeared on Pitchfork, though, Badu released a statement saying "she thought the concept for the accompanying video was "disturbing" but went along with it "out of respect for you and the artist you 'appear' to be." She also accused the Flaming Lips of "desperately releasing a poor excuse for shock and nudity that sends a convoluted message that passes as art (to some)."
Badu directed a message to the band as well, saying "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." Flaming Lips apologized and accepted responsibility for an un-approved version of the song being posted online.