Erykah Badu Expected Dialogue, Not Mass Demonization

Erykah Badu knew the now controversial music video for “Window Seat” would be something to talk about but, the singer never expected it to be taken to the level it has. “I expected it to provoke dialogue, and it’s an important statement to make. It’s about freeing oneself of the layers and layers of things that we have learned as Americans in this country,” Badu said in a recent interview. “At the point of becoming naked and individual and free, either you’re assassinated spiritually or mentally by the group or worse. The words coming out of my head after I was figuratively and literally assassinated was ‘groupthink’. Groupthink is a term coined by Irving Janis, 1972. It pretty much states what happens when a character or person is ostracized for thinking out of what the consensus is. He or she is pretty much thinking [more] with a heart than with loyalty. It’s an important thing. It’s art. It’s performance art.” While Badu has had support from many, including fans, she feels certain media outlets have attacked her expression and art. “Art is supposed to spark dialogue and ring an awakening of some sort,” she continued. “especially if it is impactful and powerful. I didn’t expect to be demonized, but I did expect to spark that sort of dialogue.” c: MTV News


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