Epic Twitter battle ensues between Erykah Badu, Wayne Coyne, and Michelle Coyne

The public’s perception of Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne is typically that of a selfless, peace-loving everyday man just trying to be everybody’s friend. A read through “Staring At Sound: The True Story of Oklahoma’s Fabulous Flaming Lips” by Jim Derogatis doesn’t exactly disprove this, but it does reveal his mischievous, insensitive, and sometimes manipulative side (there are reasons besides lack of success after all that have caused past members like Richard English, Jonathan Donahue, and Ronald Jones to quit the band).

That side came out bigtime yesterday when Erykah Badu revealed her outrage over Coyne’s apparently premature release of the now infamous clip for The Flaming Lips collaboration with Badu, “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.” Released last Friday, the clip featured a series of slow motion shots of Erykah Badu’s sister Nayrok being smattered with glitter, blood, and white frosting.

Despite Badu’s previous use of nudity in her video for “Window Seat,” it seemed like an odd move for her to be a part of something so sensationalist.

Well it would appear that Badu is fuming over the situation. In a lengthy Twitter post that stretches over to Twitlonger.com, Badu lashes out in great detail.

Perhaps, next time u get an occasion to work with an artist who respects your mind/art, you should send at least a ROUGh version of the video u PLAN to release b4 u manipulate or compromise the artist’s brand by desperately releasing a poor excuse for shock and nudity that sends a convoluted message that passes as art( to some)…You obviously have a misconception of who I am artistically. I don’t mind that but…By the way you are an ass.

There’s a lot more here. What ultimately spurred a reaction from Coyne, though, was her sign-off in which she said, “These things have been said out of necessity. And if you don’t like it you can KiSS MY Glittery ASS. O and Nayrok told me to tell u to kiss her ass too. Almost forgot. Peace.”

Coyne jokingly responded head-on with this:

After that, man, it’s hard to keep track. Both artists begin responding to and retweeting various followers condoning or opposing the video, while little snipes and jokes continuously poke through the mix, one in which Badu says “Wayne’s old ass needs this.” That’s when Wayne’s wife Michelle enters the mix followed by a rebuttal by Badu.


Wayne taunts back with a response from Badu where she also refutes Michelle’s claims about her husband’s ass:

Check out the Twitter accounts for Erykah Badu, Nayrok Baud, Wayne Coyne, and Michelle Coyne for further investigations, which involve a lot of follower retweets, including one by Janelle Monáe. It gets real fun — case in point:

The video has been pulled from YouTube, but we found a clip here of someone filming their computer showing it in case you haven’t seen it yet.

The Flaming Lips/Erykah Badu — “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face”