Aussie singer-songwriter learned the hard way that nudity, even in NYC, can get your video shoot shut down. No, it wasn't Lee himself that was showing off some naughty bits, but when some skateboarders dropped their shorts in SoHo, the fuzz put an end to filming for the day. Lee wrote about the events on his MySpace blog, where he said:
The concept was basically a one-shot video based around people doing what they would do on the last day of earth. This was a finally tuned piece of choreography that involved hours of rehearsal to get the sequence of characters to interact at the right time. People were making out, dancing, crying, a business man and a homeless guy were sharing a sandwich, a rabbi and a muslim were sharing a prayer, there was a unicorn (why not?), and there were some teenagers skateboarding nude through Soho. Now, in reference to these particular skateboarders, the idea was that they would wear nude-coloured underwear, and be blurred out to give the effect of them being naked. Well... something must have gotten lost in the translation, a direction must have been misheard, because as we went for our first take of the day, the skateboarders evidently dropped their shorts and skated down Crosby St fully exposed! This would not have been a problem except that some of New York City's Finest saw the display, and pretty quickly stepped in to stop filming. Our shooting permit was then revoked, leaving us with an unusable half a take of a very expensive video shoot!
Don't worry, as Ben Lee will be filming a new version of his video for "Love Me Like The World Is Ending" in the next week, which will be free from any nudity. His latest album, Ripe, will hit stores on September 18 via New West.