OKP News: The First time I saw your face video
OKP News: Erykah Badu’s Statement On “First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” Video by Eddie “STATS” on June 6, 2012 NEWS 8 Comments Erykah Badu apparently being devoured by Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips A few minutes ago we received the following statement from Erykah Badu via SMS, a duplicate of a statement she linked to from her twitter just about an hour ago, and time-stamped 3:33pm CST today–for clarity, some hours after Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips released a statement of apology for leaking the video for their collaboration “First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” apparently without approval from Ms. Badoula or her little sister Nayrok, who also appears in the video. For the benefit of Badu fans, we reprint it here in full without comment or edits. Read after the jump:
3:33pm dallas @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 . 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 . 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. From jump, 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 .
Like, can we have a convo about the history of Black generosity is used and abused by white people who have no fucking manners and respect at all (and here I think of reggae and how Jamaicans go we offer this to you, its a world music thing, and yet the way some white people consume it you feel like grabbing it back from them and going oh HELL NAW; plus the way rock was taken away from African Americans and redefined as a white male middle class rebellion thing in the US and god knows what in Europe; and blues is now apparently Adele and Joss Stone and all the white girls white run music papers can crown), how sexuality is exploited (cause I damn well saw a HUGE difference in The First Time I Saw Your Face and Window Seat, The three levels of fuckery going on here, first to Roberta Flack and to Erykah and her sister, three black women being disrespected by white men; to how white appropriators and exploiters have no fucking respect and yet are considered legends because the power to write the canon is on their side?! What the fuck is this?