It didn’t take long for Erykah Badu’s video for “Window Seat” to spawn imitators.
The artist, who’s been cited by Dallas authorities and given a $500 fine for the video, shot in downtown Dallas with no permission for the public nudity, appeared on Wanda Sykes’ television show Saturday night.
Sykes welcomed Badu (who was shod from head to toe in a top hat and long sleeved top and long pants with a gold jacket), with a special filming of the spoof.
“I did something similar,” Sykes said, before rolling “Middle Seat,” her take-off on Badu’s song. (Watch it here). “But it didn’t turn out as good.”
Sykes piece is brief and funny, in contrast to Badu’s work, which is meant to be serious and thought-provoking. She starts out in an outfit similar to the one Badu dropped all over downtown Dallas. Sykes lost a lot less of her laundry than Badu did, and topples over not by gunfire but by tripping over a pants leg.
“That’s dope,” Badu praised. “In the tradition of performance art, I think it’s beautiful. That’s funny as hell.”