It’s amazing how much can change with a story, in a period of only 48 hours. With that much developing over such a short time, it makes me wonder about the annals of history. How different was the story for those who saw?

Three days ago, on the CBS Evening News, a shortened version of the Erykah Badu video shoot that takes place in Dealey Plaza, with the singer disrobing in an impromptu style shows how things change in a short time, and how tone changes with a word.

[BBC]

US neo-soul singer Erykah Badu has been charged with disorderly conduct for stripping naked on a street among pedestrians for her music video shoot.

She ended by re-enacting receiving a fatal gunshot to the head at the spot in Dallas where President John F Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.

Sergeant Warren Mitchell said Badu was charged after a witness offered a sworn statement to police on Thursday.

Badu’s spokeswoman had no immediate comment on Friday.

The singer, who was born in Dallas, performed a walking striptease in front of tourists and pedestrians during the shoot in Dealey Plaza on 13 March for her video for the song Window Seat.

Sgt Mitchell added that the police department has had “people calling from all across the country to express their concern”.

“Having a fact witness that was there, is what let us file the charges,” he said.

“After much discussion, we feel that these charges best fit her conduct. She disrobed in a public place without regard to individuals and small children who were close by.”

He said Badu can either fight the charge or pay the fine. Disorderly conduct is punishable by a fine of up to $500 (£328).

Witness Ida Espinosa, 32, declined to comment to The Associated Press on Friday.

The next morning, on the CBS Early Show, I saw one of the hosts (Maggie Rodrigues) replay the video and then chat for about three minutes with Alice Cooper, ostensibly because he is the acknowledged master of shocking the public. (I will admit that, when Cooper’s album Killer came out, I at once absolutely loved it, and knew it was the music my mother had warned me about!)

Nonetheless, the point is, when actually seeing the piece on television, with the appropriate things blotted out for American television, it is clear that there is no “tease” to the strip, and that whomever added that either did not see it, or is is the victim of a neo-puritanical urging.

I am not judging the work, just stating that the manner in which the singer removes her clothes is very matter-of-fact, and not the least bit provocative in nature.

Ah, the price of art…  It is amazing how long it took for someone to complain. Perhaps the complaining party had help making up her mind.

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