Erykah Badu Did Not Approve That NSFW Flaming Lips Video

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And therefore, as you might expect, she is displeased that an unedited version of “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” made its way into the world last week. (It was pulled the next day.) In fact, Erykah was so upset with the leak that she tweeted a long, angry open letter outlining her concerns to Wayne Coyne. It includes the following thesis statement: “perhaps, next time u get an occasion to work with an artist who respects your mind/art, you should send at least a ROUGh version of the video u PLAN to release b4 u manipulate or compromise the artist’s brand…By the way you are an ass.”

There are also some thoughts on the leak:

That is equivalent to putting out a security camera’s images of me changing in the fitting room.  I never would have approved that tasteless, meaningless, shock motivated video .

And on Wayne’s management style and general existence:

Consequently, brother, As a human I am disgusted with your what appears to be desperation and poor execution. And disregard for others . As a director I am unimpressed . As a sociologist I understand your type. As your fellow artist I am uninspired. As a woman I feel violated and underestimated.
Hope it works out for ya ,Wayne.
Really i could give a shit less.
Still love your live show tho.

Then she signed off with “Kiss my glittery ass.” To Coyne’s credit, he did (on Twitter, at least).

Erykah Badu Didn’t Like Her Flaming Lips Video