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Erykah Badu Dragged For Saying She “Saw Something Good In Hitler”

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Erykah Badu’s attempt at peaceful, reflective thoughts have backfired tremendously.

In an interview with Vulture, the soulful songstress had some interesting thoughts on Bill Cosby and the mob mentality that social media can create, but it was her thoughts on Nazi party leader Adolph Hitler that were seen as problematic.

It started when Badu attempted to defend her friendship with Farrakhan and refute accusations that she was anti-Semitic. “I’m also okay with anything I had to say about Louis Farrakhan. But 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,” the “Next Lifetime” singer stated. But the interviewer, David Marchese, stopped dead in his tracks…

DM: Come again?
EB: “Yeah, I did. Hitler was a wonderful painter.”

DM: “No, he wasn’t! And even if he was, what would his skill as a painter have to do with any “good” in him?”
EB: “Okay, he was a terrible painter. Poor thing. He had a terrible childhood. That means that when I’m looking at my daughter, MarsBadu’s daughter with enigmatic rapper Jay Electronica. She also has another daughter, Puma, with the West Coast rapper the D.O.C. , I could imagine her being in someone else’s home and being treated so poorly, and what that could spawn. I see things like that. I guess it’s just the Pisces in me.”

Empathy aside, Erykah’s Cosby comments also seemed a little out of place. “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?” she questioned. “The people who got hurt, I feel so bad for them. I want them to feel better, too. But sick people do evil things; hurt people hurt people.”

Erykah then went on to elaborate why her why of thinking, while uncommon, isn’t malicious. “I’m not trying to rebel against what everybody’s saying, but maybe I want to measure it,” she said. “Somebody will call me and ask me to come to a march because such and such got shot. In that situation, I want to know what really happened. I’m not going to jump up and go march just because I’m green and the person who got shot is green. The rush to get mad doesn’t make sense to me.”

You can read Badu’s entire interview over on Vulture … if you so wish to.

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