If the whole point of a video is to draw a little attention to a new song or album, then mission accomplished for Erykah Badu.
The Dallas native released the video for her new song, “Window Seat,” over the weekend, and let’s just say there are some in our area that are none too pleased. Badu didn’t get a permit to shoot the video, which was filmed near Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas. Of course, she had her reasons for skipping the formalities – in the video she strips down completely as she nears the site of the Kennedy assassination before falling to the ground, as if she were shot. The video was filmed on a sunny afternoon in broad daylight, and there were plenty of people milling about the area – including children – who witnessed her exhibitionism.
Earlier in the day, the City of Dallas sent out this reply to the video:
All commercial film/video or photo shoot projects must be permitted through the City of Dallas Office of Special Events / Film Coordinators. The production company that produced this video never contacted the City to seek the proper permits. This is known as “guerilla filming” where production companies circumvent the proper permitting procedures and usually shoot these scenes in one take knowing that if they are discovered they would face arrest and/or penalties.
Dallasnews.com has more on the story; we’ll let you know if any legal action is taken.