March 29th, 2010
01:45 PM ET

Web Pulse: Erykah Badu strips in video, Hutaree militia

Erykah Badu stripped in her latest video for her single "Window Seat."

Here’s a quick glance at the collective consciousness of the Web on Monday:

Erykah Badu "Window Seat" video: Erykah Badu is back - and she's making waves. The singer's latest video has quickly become a controversial subject. In the video for "Window Seat," she shed her clothes as she walked along a Dallas, Texas, sidewalk until she was nude and then fell near where President Kennedy was assassinated. The video, which Badu said was "shot guerrilla-style" with no crew and in one take March 17, has become one of the biggest talkers on the Web.

Music videos have always pushed the lines, with Lady Gaga most recently taking the heat for her "Telephone" video (Watch Donny Osmond slam "Telephone"). But her creativity and pushing the boundaries have also helped make her the first artist to reach 1 billion online video views. When it comes to artistry and music, people will always have differing and often strong views of what works and what doesn't. What do you make of Badu's video? Does it make a statement or make you cringe?

Hutaree militia: Nine suspected members of a militia group were charged Monday with conspiracy and other crimes in an alleged plot to kill a Michigan law enforcement officer and then attack other officers at his funeral, federal prosecutors said. The weekend arrests sparked interest in the suspects, who are allegedly affiliated with a militia called Hutaree, which the group says means "Christian warrior."

Now that they are charged and sealed documents have been released, buzz is growing on the Web about the group, which proclaims on its home page that it is "preparing for the end time battles to keep the testimony of Jesus Christ alive." In its Web site's "About Us" section, the group says, "We believe that one day, as prophecy says, there will be an Anti-Christ. All Christians must know this and prepare, just as Christ commanded."

The Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama-based nonprofit organization that monitors hate groups and other fringe organizations, lists the Hutaree as a "Patriot" group militia.

Tornadoes in North Carolina: Lots of people on the Web are looking to find out details on a storm system that residents said brought as many as eight tornadoes, overturning mobile homes, ripping out trees and plunging neighborhoods into darkness. Officials said there had been no fatalities, and the damage was limited.

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