Alice Cooper Critical of Erykah Badu's Naked 'Window Seat' Video
Shock rocker Alice Cooper said Erykah Badu’s music video for Window Seat has shocked America, a country that seems to thrive on controversial media offerings.
The video, which shows the R&B singer stripped naked and getting shot on the Dallas street where John F. Kennedy was assassinated, has people talking, including the 62-year-old Cooper.
He took a middle-of-the-road approach as he presented his criticisms of the video and acknowledged that “art is supposed to provoke.”
If you go to the Louvre, all of art is based on naked women,” said Cooper, nee Vincent Furnier. “I mean, I don't think it's anything new to see a naked woman. On the street, it is a different thing.
Alice Cooper Less Offensive than Erykah Badu
Cooper, who is a born-again Christian known for his frightening stage antics that sometimes involve a guillotine, brought up differences between their musical approaches.
I never used nudity in my show. I always thought it was too easy. That's an easy way to shock," he said.
Cooper did say he felt the controversy was less about the nudity and more about the connection to JFK’s 1963 assassination at Dealey Plaza where the video was filmed.
When asked how his infamous stage performances are less offensive than Badu’s, Cooper responded that his act is based on vaudeville and comedy.
Alice Cooper’s Controversial Career
Since starting music in 1964, Cooper has been involved in dozens of controversial media blow-ups.
In 1969, at a show in Toronto now known as the “Chicken Incident,” a fan brought a chicken to the concert and threw it on stage. Cooper threw it back and the crowd ripped it up. Cooper claims that to this day, PETA continues to pester him.
In 1972, while the song School’s Out went to #1 in the United Kingdom, the video was banned by the BBC.
On a European tour in the ‘80s, Cooper had to tone down the goriness of his act for shows in Germany, as demanded by the German government.