Erykah Badu in controversial interview says: ‘I saw something good in Hitler’

The pop singer is facing backlash for her latest comments

Ilana Kaplan
New York
Thursday 25 January 2018 18:27
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Erykah Badu performs onstage during the Meadows Music and Arts Festival - Day 2 at Citi Field on September 16, 2017 in New York City. Credit: Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images.
Erykah Badu performs onstage during the Meadows Music and Arts Festival - Day 2 at Citi Field on September 16, 2017 in New York City. Credit: Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images.

Erykah Badu gave an interview to Vulture with a slew of problematic opinions - including one about Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

Badu says she can see the best side in anyone and then uses Hitler as an example saying, “I saw something good in Hitler."

Interviewer David Marchese replied with, "Come again?"

The 46-year-old singer then adds, "Hitler was a wonderful painter" and that "he had a terrible childhood."

She equated her opinions to her astrological sign saying that she's a Pisces, but her rationale is hard to follow in the interview.

Badu even adds that Hitler's childhood makes her think of her daughter Mars and what life would be like if she had a bad childhood.

The Baduizm singer didn't stop there: she also explained that she's wary of judging Bill Cosby - who has been accused of sexual assault and misconduct by at least 60 women - because she'd need to weigh the facts.

She adds, "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?"

At the same time she acknowledges that a lot of people might disagree with her saying, “I could be crucified for saying that."

If you've followed Badu's career, the singer has never been shy about potentially problematic actions or opinions.

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For example, in her 2010 music video for "Window Seat" she pretended to be shot in the head while nude while alluding to the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

She also came under fire in 2016 for slut-shaming girls for distracting their male teachers with the length of their skirts.

Badu has been uncompromising in the past, so it wont' be surprising if she continues to stand by her perspective.

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