Erykah Badu Apologizes For Being A ‘Terrible Guest’ At Obama’s 60th Birthday Bash
Singer Erykah Badu took to Twitter to apologize for being a “terrible guest” after posting a video of herself, former president Barack Obama and other guests dancing maskless at his 60th birthday party.
After receiving criticism over such a large gathering amid the ongoing pandemic, Obama’s team scaled back the invite list from several hundred guests to about 200. Still, the Martha’s Vineyard bash hosted an array of celebrities, like H.E.R., John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Gabrielle Union, Dwayne Wade and Badu, whose birth name is Erica Abi Wright.
Badu took down the viral video and issued a public apology to the Obamas on social media.
Mr. And Mrs. Obama , Please forgive me 4 being the “terrible guest “ at such a sacred event for your family. I was so inconsiderate, Thank you for all your love. What an example of ‘how NOT ‘ to be …… erica
— ErykahBadoula (@fatbellybella) August 12, 2021
“Mr. And Mrs. Obama,” she wrote. “Please forgive me 4 being the “terrible guest “ at such a sacred event for your family. I was so inconsiderate, Thank you for all your love. What an example of ‘how NOT ‘ to be …… erica.”
When a Twitter user suggested that the former first lady and commander-in-chief had made her apologize, Badu denied it, saying it was just the “right thing” to do.
While there was reportedly a ban on photography and videography at the event, a handful of other attendees posted and promptly deleted pictures or videos.
Despite the controversy, reps for the Obamas maintained that they were following all necessary procedures. Spokesperson Hannah Hankins said in a statement that the party was “planned months ago in accordance with all public health guidelines and with COVID safeguards in place.” Also, guests reportedly had to produce a negative COVID-19 test before entering the party.