Soon to be Black Balled Erykah Badu says she ‘saw something good in Hitler’
Erykah Badu showed compassion for Hitler in a bizarre wide-ranging interview where she also talked about her love for Bill Cosby.
Badu, 46, spoke to Vulture about staying relevant to younger listeners when her interview took a turn into more controversial subject matter.
She was asked about being labeled as anti-Semitic after traveling to Israel in 2008 where she said she followed Louis Farrakhan, the nation of Islam leader.
“I’m not an anti-Semitic person. I (didn’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,” she said, taking a pivot into another questionable discussion.
“Hitler was a wonderful painter,” Badu continued.
The interviewer expressed discontent with Badu’s remarks and then asked “what would his skill as a painter have to do with any ‘good’ in him?”
“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.”
While the reporter continued to question Badu’s idea of empathy, she responded: “I know I don’t have the most popular opinion sometimes.”