Erykah Badu vs. Matt & Kim: Which strip-down is more realistic?
If you haven't seen it yet, the video for Erykah Badu's new single, "Window Seat," is getting a lot of attention. In it, the Dallas-based soul singer walks through the city as she takes off all of her clothes. Watch it below:
Note that the video gives a shout-out to Matt & Kim. Here's why:
There's a major difference between the two: Note how the pedestrians in Matt & Kim's video are rubber-necking the pair as they walk through Manhattan. The people are curious, aware of two naked people in their midst. Matt & Kim are obviously on the street -- naked. Note, however, in Badu's clip, that the people she passes in downtown Dallas seem unfazed, that they don't ever really look at the singer as she passes, don't register that a nude woman is walking confidently down the street.
So, the question is: Did Erykah really do what she seems to have done, or is it the result of post-production computer-generated imagery? Are the pedestrians hired extras, or is this a random, guerrilla-style clip (as Matt & Kim's appears to be)?
Regardless, "Window Seat" is a fantastic video, and the CGI, if it indeed was employed, takes little away from the impact of either the clip or Badu's confident strip-down for the camera.
-- Randall Roberts