Erykah Badu Reacts To Hitler Backlash
Erykah Badu is responding to the backlash that she received over her comments about Hitler. She tweeted,
People are in real pain. So I understand why my ‘good’ intent was misconstrued as ‘bad’. In trying to express a point, I used 1 of the worst examples possible, Not to support the cruel actions of an unwell, psychopathic Adolf Hitler, but to only exaggerate a show of compassion.
In another tweet she writes,
The media is banking on our ignorance. Know we won’t read the whole thing. They’ll use controversial quotes w/trigger words as Click Bait. We??controversy. So Blogs choose easiest thing to “spin”. Get you mad. Help you get a little rage out. They get more adds. The message lost.
As previously reported, on Wednesday, Badu made headlines for her comments about Hitler and Bill Cosby.
In a new interview, the 46-year-old singer was discussing her thoughts about how she’s been linked to Louis Farrakhan and his alleged anti-Semitism. In the past, she had been criticized for defending Farrakhan rather than denouncing anti-Semitism. To this she responded,
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.
Yeah, I did. Hitler was a wonderful painter.
The interviewer responded,
No, he wasn’t! And even if he was, what would his skill as a painter have to do with any “good” in him?
To this, Badu replied,
Okay, he was a terrible painter. Poor thing. He had a terrible childhood. That means that when I’m looking at my daughter, Mars (Badu’s daughter with enigmatic rapper Jay Electronica) 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.
I don’t care if the whole group says something, I’m going to be honest. I know I don’t have the most popular opinion sometimes.
When asked, why would you want to risk putting fuel on that fire, Badu states:
You asked me a question. I could’ve chosen not to answer. I don’t walk around thinking about Hitler or Louis Farrakhan. But I understand what you’re saying: “Why would you want to risk fueling hateful thinking?” I have a platform, and I would never want to hurt people. I would never do that. I would never even imagine doing that. I would never even want a group of white men who believe that the Confederate flag is worth saving to feel bad. That’s not how I operate.
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