Erykah Badu showed compassion for Hitler and attempted to explain her acceptance of abusive artists in a bizarre wide-ranging interview with Vulture.
Now, we love Erykah — but she definitely lost us with this one.
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, turning the conversation to a difficult place.
“Hitler was a wonderful painter,” Erykah continued.
As most would be, the interviewer was taken aback and asked for clarification, “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. I see things like that. I guess it’s just the Pisces in me.”
In the interview, Erykah was also asked about how to interpret someone’s art after they’ve been accused of something terrible. For example, Vulture mentioned the allegations against Bill Cosby, rapper XXXTentacion, and Louis C.K.
“I would have to really think about it and know the facts in each of those situations before I made a judgment. Because 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?” she questioned.
“Hurt people hurt people,” Erykah continued. “I know I could be crucified for saying that, because I’m supposed to be on the purple team or the green team. I’m not trying to rebel against what everybody’s saying, but maybe I want to measure it.”
Aside from these questionable moments, the interview itself was a rather interesting read. You can read it in full here.