Erykah Badu Says She “Saw Something Good In Hitler”
Erykah Badu has an established reputation for being outspoken, but following shocking new remarks, many are wondering aloud whether she’s taken things too for.
For, in a recent interview, she’s quoted as stated that she “saw something good in Hitler” – the murderous Nazi dictator.
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The comments came in a feature with Vulture magazine.
Badu was quizzed about being labeled as anti-Semitic after traveling to Israel in 2008 where she said she followed Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. She offered the following response:
“I’m not an anti-Semitic person. I don’t even know what anti-Semitic was before I was called it. I’m a humanist. I see good in everybody. I saw something good in Hitler.
Hitler was a wonderful painter”
The interview pulled the singer up on the problematic nature of her statement, squarely asking: “what would his skill as a painter have to do with any ‘good’ in him?”
Badu replied with:
“Okay, he was a terrible painter. Poor thing. He had a terrible childhood. That means that when I’m looking at my daughter, Mars… I could imagine her being in someone else’s home and being treated so poorly, and what that could spawn,” she continued. “I see things like that. I guess it’s just the Pisces in me.”
But the mess didn’t stop there. No, no.
Badu was then probed on how she rationalises empathy when it comes to those who’ve done wrong such as Hitler and Bill Cosby, to which she responded:
“I would have to really think about it and know the facts in each of those situations before I made a judgment. Because I love Bill Cosby, and I love what he’s done for the world. But if he’s sick, why would I be angry with him?
Stressing that she feels bad for those who’ve been hurt, she continued to articulate her point with:
“Hurt people hurt people. I know I could be crucified for saying that, because I’m supposed to be on the purple team or the green team. I’m not trying to rebel against what everybody’s saying, but maybe I want to measure it.”
Erykah Badu is trending on Twitter, with most of the responses dragging her all over the e-streets.
Characteristically unbothered, Badu actually shared the story herself on the platform:
— ErykahBadoula (@fatbellybella) January 24, 2018