In an amazing PR coup, Erykah Badu charged with disorderly conduct [UPDATED]
TMZ is reporting that Erykah Badu has been charged with disorderly conduct in Dallas where officials have accused the singer of walking through the city naked.
Background: In the soul singer's new video for "Window Seat," Badu is seen getting out of a car and taking a stroll through downtown Dallas, peeling away a parcel of clothing with each few steps as though she's losing an on-the-go round of strip poker. The singer and her film crew didn't get permission for the shoot, which has raised the ire of local authorities (and uptight, boring people everywhere).
Honestly, the disorderly conduct charge is an amazing public relations coup. There's really no downside for her; it's not like she's Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus or Justin Bieber -- i.e. someone whose reputation would be damaged by the incident. Really, this only ensures that Badu's name will be in the news for a longer cycle, and that people who haven't already seen the video will want to see it.
UPDATED 4:28 P.M.: The Dallas Observer has posted details on the disorderly conduct charge. Dallas Police Sgt. Warren C. Mitchell said at a news conference Friday afternoon that Badu acted with "disregard to individuals nearby," according to the Observer. Furthermore, the Observer reports that the charges are filed based on "the lone complaint" that the department received, and Badu will be issued a Class C misdemeanor, which could cost her $500 in fines.
Pop & Hiss has called the Dallas Police Department and is awaiting an official statement.
-- Randall Roberts
Photo: Screenshot of Badu's "Window Seat" video. Credit: www.erykahbadu.com/