How did celebrities and those in the public eye ever argue before the invention of Twitter? Was it behind closed doors like the rest of us? Or did they take it to the streets and get all fisticuffs on each other?
As one who is prone to taking my angry out on someone on Twitter, I always realize after the fact how douchey it is. First of all, no one cares what I think of my ex-boyfriends, and secondly I just come off looking even crazier than I am. But luckily in my case I have only 400 and some followers, so it’s not as though millions of people are watching me having my breakdown and insult-throwing fit.
So it goes like this: Erykah Badu and The Flaming Lips collaborated on a song. It’s actually a cover of the “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.” The video, that was released prematurely because according to Badu, the Flaming Lips’ front man, Wayne Coyne is desperate, greedy and “self-serving,” features a bunch of slow motion shots of Badu in a tub and her sister, Nyrok, getting all covered in such delightful things like blood, glitter and frosting. Instead of calling up Coyne to express her anger for him releasing it without her final approval of the images, Badu proceeded to rip into him via Twitter:
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.
After that, the war of words ensued and Coyne’s wife got involved and before you know it, everyone is tweeting about his ass and how it looks like a 26-year-old’s. That’s right, his ass. Badu says it’s “old” and Coyne’s wife says it’s young. She even posted this photo on Twitter as proof of her husband’s tight buns:
I’m no expert on 26-year-old asses, but from this angle it definitely doesn’t look like one of a 51-year-old, which is how old Coyne is these days. It’s quite fascinating that something that was originally about artistic differences evolved into a heated discussion about Wayne Coyne’s ass. The lesson here is that Twitter feuds are laughable, really great PR for your video and eventually, someone you love will get involved and tweet a photo of your ass to prove how awesome it still is. Yes, I do believe that’s the lesson we’ve learned today.
You can see more of their tweets here, or by checking them on a Twitter. Also, below is the video that has since been removed from YouTube, but some genius was kind enough to tape it before that happened. It’s pretty NSFW, so you may want to watch it when you get home tonight.