Watch Erykah Badu Crash a TV News Telecast to Kiss Reporter
We'll say this much about Erykah Badu: she has a real sense of humor. This year has seen her get into some hot water -- that whole performing for an African dictator thing didn't go over so well -- but the Dallas R&B singer is still out having plenty of fun, thank you very much. In fact, Badu snuck her way onto a live New York City news telecast on Friday afternoon (appropriately enough, during a report on Shia LeBeouf's latest meltdown). She even tried to steal a kiss from the unsuspecting reporter, who didn't realize at first who his "number-one fan" really was.
Screenshot of the PIX 11 telecast with Mario Diaz and Erykah Badu
Mario Diaz was conducting a live report on Friday afternoon for local station PIX 11 from the streets of Midtown when Badu, dressed in a large white hat that looked like a cross between Pharrell's hat and a lamp shade, came strolling, smilingly, into view. Diaz, not initially noticing Badu's presence, brushed her off like an NYC pro when she suddenly leaned in for a peck on his cheek.
This Vine of the incident also shows Badu first opening up her coat to show off her shirt (a Native American with an American flag headdress) and then making a bit of a, er, lewd gesture in the background.
Diaz and the studio anchor laughed off the encounter without actually realizing it was Badu. But soon folks on Twitter put the pieces together and sought her out. At first, Badu denied that it was her:
Soon enough, however, she owned up to it:
@MarioPIX11 sorry Mario. :-)))))— ErykahBadoula (@fatbellybella) June 28, 2014
To his credit, Diaz was more than good-humored about the whole situation, shooting back a couple of playful tweets in Badu's direction. Like any good middle-aged dad who needs to demonstrate his hipness, he even quoted a Prince lyric:
@fatbellybella I get it because... "Ain't no particular sign I'm more compatible with I just want your extra time and your..... kiss"— Mario Diaz (@MarioPIX11) June 28, 2014