Those who know me personally know that I have always been a huge fan of Erykah Badu's since day one. I like her because she is raw, real, and cutting edge. I currently reside in her neck of the woods (Dallas, Texas) and I have gotten know a bit more about her personally as a result. With all of that said I am perplexed by her latest escapade. A friend of mine who also resides in the city telephoned me to inquire if I had heard about what Erykah had done, to which I replied no. My friend went on to explain that Erykah had stripped down to her "birthday suit" in Dealey Plaza. For those who do not know, Dealey Plaza is the location of John F. Kennedy's assassination.
The video was taped in front of a live audience, which included children, which was kind of upsetting. However what was even more shocking is how the video ended. The video ends with her being shot down outside of the Dallas Book Depository (the place where Oswald was when he allegedly fired the fatal shots). Erykah says she was protesting the sociological concept of "Groupthink". Groupthink is a type of thought exhibited by group members who try to minimize conflict and reach consensus without critically, testing, analyzing and reviewing ideas.
Individual creativity, uniqueness, and independent thinking are lost in the pursuit of group cohesiveness, as are the advantages of reasonable balance in choice and thought that might normally be obtained by making decisions as a group. During groupthink, members of the group avoid promoting viewpoints outside the comfort zone of consensus thinking. A variety of motives for this may exist such as a desire to avoid being seen as foolish, or a desire to avoid embarrassing or angering other members of the group. Groupthink may cause groups to make hasty, irrational decisions, where individual doubts are set aside, for fear of upsetting the group’s balance. Taking everything into consideration, did Erykah Badu go too far?
I saw the video, which has since been removed from You Tube. Click here to read more.