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Erykah Badu Fined For Window Seat Video

Do You Have a Problem With Public Nudity?

On April Fools' Day pranksters rode the NYC subway sans pants and sans underwear. New Yorkers have a reputation of being hard to shock, so most riders did their best to act like they didn't notice their naked neighbors. But the prank definitely disturbed some of you, who thought maybe the nudity crossed the line (not to mention the germs!).

In the days before April 1, singer Erykah Badu tried her hand at public nakedness when she debuted her video for "Window Seat," which features her taking off her clothes in Dallas's Dealey Plaza, the site of JFK's assassination. But instead of looking for laughs, the singer wanted to symbolically rid herself of baggage while also challenging the limits of a conformist society.

The video ends with her mock assassination demonstrating that people are "quick to assassinate what they don't understand." Erykah explains her point: "I guess 85 percent of the world is a part of what we would call Groupthink, that's like a form of thinking that causes you to bury what you really feel inside to please the group so that you won't be ostracized by the group." In the end, many people were conventionally outraged and the Dallas police have fined her $500. I guess she proved her point.

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Yesi-Jukebox Yesi-Jukebox 7 years
I agree with boredgourdles point.. Personally though I dont even like my mom seeing me naked and she gave birth to me lol
betty-kraker betty-kraker 7 years
i dont care what u do as long as your not running around naked and any kids see it
boredgourdless boredgourdless 7 years
I think it has to do entirely with intent. You KNOW when someone is intentionally acting in a lewd manner, and that's unacceptable. But nudity as art, or as a statement of body acceptance, or just plain enjoying the sun doesn't bother me.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
I do think the open minded European approach is better, but many Americans are ashamed and secretive of their bodies, it's unfortunate; the only people who go around exposing their bodies usually have something perverted on their mind. I don't want my girl to think nudity is appropriate and then have a run-in with some pervo and think nothing of it... if that makes any sense. Yeah hypno I don't want that on my bus seat either...
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
"I don't want that on my bus seat." LOL @ hypnoticmix. Well put.
Girl101 Girl101 7 years
I personally do not have any problem with it as long everyone is on notice and consenting. As far as children are concerned, as long as they are protected/safe from abuse and the parent consents, then I would not have a problem. In the situation with the woman in Dallas, I do not believe anyone was on notice or consented (adults on their own or their minor child's behalf), therefore I have a problem with that. If the situation was say in Cap d Adge where clothing is optional in an entire section of town, I would not have any issues with it at all. In terms of nudity in public, if everyone were accepting of it then I am too. I find nothing obscene with the nude human body. But that is not the case with everyone in America and if they are offended by nudity, then I believe they should not have to be subjected to it, especially in public places with minor children.
Pistil Pistil 7 years
Bryseana: they would bat an eye if the man needed a bra :) Coming from an art college, nudity doesn't really shock or offend me, though I suppose it depends on the context and intent. The thing about nudity is that it's either sexualized or 'gross' (if said nude is deemed unattractive, which isn't fair). Anyway, I'll keep my clothes on. Clothing has never made me feel repressed.
bryseana bryseana 7 years
I don't think she should have been fined. There are far worse things for people to be "outraged" about than someone's naked body. It's not like she was grinding up on unsuspecting people. I'll never understand why the female body is deemed so offensive. No one bats an eye when a man jogs down the street shirtless. It's such a weird double standard.
amybdk amybdk 7 years
I think there is time and place for everything. I agree with inlove23.
inlove23 inlove23 7 years
I think there is time and place for everything. If you are tanning naked in your backyard or on the beach then it shouldn't matter. But, just chilling naked in public is awkward!
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
I think what we have a problem with is the people we don't want to see naked, lol. I've been to nude beaches and it wasn't that bad. My favorite was in Palos Verdes Ca. (that's Green Sticks) in Spanish, lol. I can see why the general public is simply not the place for nudity. It's a health matter. You've got involuntary discharges for one. I don't want that on my bus seat. As for Erykah Badu I'm not offended by her artistic context however I can see how just watching that with no background on the intent or context and left open for wild interpretation can get some people upset.
Venus1 Venus1 7 years
I was brought up in France by naturist parents. I really think we should encourage the next generation to understand that we all have bodies and they are something that we should not laugh at or be ashamed of. Personally, I am comfortable on the beach naked, but as for playing sports naked or shopping nude, that is not for me.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
Anon 7 makes a very good point. I wouldn't have a problem with it if it were in certain places. Like a beach, for example. I live very close to Lake Tahoe and there are a few clothing-optional beaches there (some of which I've been to and seen nudity, & it doesn't bother me). But I agree with tlsgirl and dexaholic that it just seems pointless if all you're doing is hanging around downtown while grabbing drinks with coworkers. Besides, I think clothing is fun. It's like the human way of peacocking.
GregS GregS 7 years
I have no problem per se with public nudity. Just that some shouldn't do it. But... For those that think it shouldn't, we're born naked. The bible tells us that when we were in Eden, we hid from God. He asked where we were and we said we were hiding because we were naked.. It wasn't an issue with Him before. Why should it be now? What happened was a loss of innocence. Once we lost that, we clothed ourselves. I like innocense. Clothing is used for protection from the elements and nature (scrapes, cuts and abrasions), and for ornamentation (since we don't have naturally colorful displays like birds). For practical reasons, I wouldn't go naked to work or anything. I could see doing like the Germans do by going to a park at lunch and skimming down, then going back to work.
Venus1 Venus1 7 years
I was brought up in France by naturist parents; to me it's no big deal at all. We should be teaching our children that bodies are nothing to snigger at or to be ashamed of, they are just bodies and come in all shapes and sizes.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
dex what city was that? weffie that's hilarious. I vote 'yes', but really I only have a problem with it if kids see it. Seriously I don't want to explain to my 4 year old what a penis is.
weffie weffie 7 years
Hahaha I have a problem with public nudity, largely due to my problem with drinking. Oh wait...
reesiecup reesiecup 7 years
I understand that nudity has been and is still a unique form or artistic expression, but I don't think there's a need to be stark naked while getting a cup of coffee
dexaholic dexaholic 7 years
I'm with tlsgirl, I don't see the point for public nudity. The city I grew up in passed a law to allow women to go topless, yet I don't think I ever saw or knew anyone who actually did.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I just don't really understand why you'd need to be naked in public. Topless beach? Cool. Hanging out downtown in the altogether? Don't get it.
imLissy imLissy 7 years
You know they weren't actually naked right? It was a joke. They were wearing nude colored underwear and blurred it very convincingly.
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