Erykah Badu steamed at Flaming Lips for releasing 'soft porn' video

erykah-badu-gi.jpgDon't expect the Flaming Lips and Erykah Badu to tour together anytime soon.

Despite just having collaborated with the alt-rock band on a cover of the song "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," Badu is lashing at Lips' Wayne Coyne for releasing a video for the tune that she calls "soft porn."

The clip features Badu and her sister Nayrok naked, covered in some sort of liquid as well as gold glitter. In an extended rant on Twitter, Badu explains that she never gave the go-ahead to release the video.  

"I never would have approved that tasteless, meaningless, shock motivated video," she writes while blaming Coyne.

She continues, "Yu (sic) 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."

The video has since been taken down and Coyne has apologized. He says, "The video link that was erroneously posted on Pitchfork by the Flaming Lips of the Music Video 'The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face', which features Erykah Badu, is unedited and unapproved. Sorry!! We, the Flaming Lips, accept full responsibility for prematurely having Pitchfork post it. It has outraged and upset a segment of fans and we apologize if we offended any viewers!!! This is a Flaming Lips video which features Erykah Badu and her sister Nayrok and is not meant to be considered an Erykah Badu or Nayrok statement, creation, or approved version."

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