Soul Singer Erykah Badu Strips, Gets Shot, Shocks


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Soul singer gets shot at site of JFK assassination in new music video. Sex and violence: In pop culture, it's the one-two punch that knocks the wind out of just about everyone. Currently basking in its power is Erykah Badu.

The soul singer scored a mother lode of attention (and free publicity) this week with her new video “Window Seat," in which she strips nude and simulates getting shot in the head.

A single camera follows Badu for nearly five minutes as she walks through the streets of downtown Dallas, systematically stripping off her overcoat, sweatshirt, pants, sheer T-shirt, underwear and bra before falling to the ground as an unseen assassin fires at her. The video ends with Badu, a mother of three, bleeding blue on Elm Street, steps away from where President Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.

It's a shocking concept, though not an unprecedented one. The video for “Window Seat" was inspired by indie punk group Matt and Kim's “Lessons Learned" video, in which the duo strip down in New York's Times Square.

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