If you saw Erykah Badu’s name trending on the internet today and wondered why, I have bad news: it’s not because she showed up to an event in another awesome hat.
Erykah spoke to David Marchese for an interview with Vulture that was probably supposed to be about this and that, but quickly turned messy and she says that she sees the good in everyone, even Hitler!
Erykah talks about the Bill Cosby situation with Vulture, and normally that might be the touchiest point in an interview. But then Erykah outed herself as a non-Hitler hater.
You know you’re in a disaster of an interview when your support of Bill Cosby isn’t the part we’re cringing over.
Now, I understand that when talking about Cosby she tried to separate the entertainer from the criminal, but what’s the need to say something good about Hitler?
When the interviewer brought up an article from ten years ago in which she was linked to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and some anti-Semitic stuff he had allegedly said, she came up with this:
“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.”
Erykah added that Hitler had a terrible childhood and that might be why he turned out the way he turned out.
“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. Why can’t I say what I’m saying? Because he did such terrible things?”
She said that she’s not anti-Semitic but Erykah’s Hitler thoughts are as bad as her career in the last 15 years… No more comments.
I still remember the Erykah Badu of the 90s and early 2000s, when she was a talented hypnotic performer. I had few of her albums in fact. Her image was eccentric yet elegant.
She is statuesque like a model, and she could have been one easily.
Fame is hard to handle for many, and drugs even more…
I can’t take seriously anyone who looks high on heroin or meth. That makes me judgemental perhaps, but I also see the good in people and Erykah is clearly fucked up!
I’m sure Stalin played wonderfully the piano, and Mao made some delicious rice.
Somebody please RESCUE HER!!