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Whatever Da Fuck happened to Erykah Badu

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!!

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Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva

y648DONE!! It took me about 12 days to finish this 600 pages piece. I’m back!

You know that question.. If you could meet anyone dead or alive who would it be? And basics would usually answer eye rolling stuff like Jesus, and such? Well, although Dali, Nietzsche, Twain, or Freud are few the figures that fascinates me, I think before any of them I would have loved to meet Svetlana Alliluyeva.

Svetlana was a brilliant intellectual woman, compassionate, humble, intelligent and brave, but she was emotionally unstable and incapable to love herself before others.

Probably not surprising, having been fated to live her life in the shadow of her father… One of the most ruthless and cold-blooded dictators in recorded history, the man who defeated Nazi Germany and killed millions of his own, the supreme ruler of the Soviet Union: Josef Stalin.

Born in the early years of the Soviet Union, Svetlana Stalin spent her youth inside the walls of the Kremlin.

Communist Party privilege protected her from the mass starvation and purges that haunted Russia, but she did not escape tragedy, the loss of everyone she loved, including her mother, two brothers, aunts and uncles, and a lover twice her age, deliberately exiled to Siberia by her father.

As she gradually learned about the extent of her father’s brutality after his death, Svetlana could no longer keep quiet and in 1967 shocked the world by defecting to the United States, leaving her two children behind.

But although she was never a part of her father’s regime, she could not escape his legacy.

related_svetlana-stalin_gd_150921Her life in America was totally fractured.

The biographer really brought Svetlana to life, I felt I was there in the room watching her every move, no, actually I what I felt was deeper. Since I tend to put in myself in someone’s else shoes, I felt Svetlana’s pain, but mostly her frustrations and that feeling of complete loneliness.

The last chapters were hard to read for me, it made me a bit upset how in her quest to erase her dad’s name from her life she choose seclusion and kind of abandoned herself to the point of dying poor.

At the same time it’s admirable (yet foolish) how someone who was somehow a “princess” in the Soviet Union and had and could have anything, rejected all luxury and opulence for the sake of dignity.

This is one the best book I have read in long time.

It is an incredible story and to read it at such an important juncture in history with the ascendancy of Putin (which Svetlana predicted and despised ’cause she said Putin idolised her father and was fashioning himself after him) and the insanity of Trump’s election.

Nobody knew and understood the Kremlin more than this lady.

A that alone was already a real tragedy.

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