Legendary R&B soul icon Erykah Badu has been teetering between hot and cold with the internet in recent months, and her latest headline controversy has landed her back on the upper end of the thermometer.
In an interview with Vulture, Fat Belly Bella discussed some of her recent controversy and her comfortableness with being the unorthodox, odd ball out, a dynamic she’s famously attached to her aesthetic, appearance and — apparently — dialogue. Insisting first that she’s “not an anti-Semitic person,” Erykah deemed herself a “humanist” and said she can pick out the good in anyone, such as notorious German Nazi leader and dictator infamously known for the genocidal Jewish Holocaust, Adolf Hitler.
“Hitler was a wonderful painter,” she expressed to interviewer David Marchese, who also happens to be Jewish. After Marchese insists against such claims, insisting that even if he did have exceptional painting skills it wouldn’t translate to any “good” in him, Erykah backtracks.
“Okay, he was a terrible painter,” she said. “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.”
Marchese expresses to her that it’s rather “disheartening” to hear her make these comments in the current racial climate, despite her testimony that she understands the consequences they could have.
"I don't care if the whole group says something, I’m going to be honest," she said. "I know I don’t have the most popular opinion sometimes."
And even though Erykah reassures that she understands his concern, adding that she would never intentionally hurt anyone (even “white men who believe that the Confederate flag is worth saving”), the internet’s top is already blown.
Read that entire vulture interview twice and I just... LORDT.— Slum Beautiful (@TheJazzyBelle) January 24, 2018
Erykah Badu told a JEWISH JOURNALIST she saw good in Hitler. pic.twitter.com/T3U7CBVt1L
Me: oh, why is Erykah Badu trending— Laaaa (@Kingcam) January 24, 2018
Erykah: I saw something good in Hitler...
Erykah Badu legit gave props to Hitler in this Vulture interview.— RiotGrl ✨ (@ErinLea7) January 24, 2018
She stays being problematic but pic.twitter.com/4rvqQRYxv9
Erykah Badu: I’m a humanist. I see good in everybody. I saw something good in Hitler.— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) January 24, 2018
The journalist: pic.twitter.com/SvyQj1Tlrw
ignorant and crystal deodorant twitter is defending erykah badu but i refuse to, not today pic.twitter.com/4o1URC2q7L— mars blackwomon 🌊 (@drrbl) January 24, 2018
recent erykah badu interview has me like pic.twitter.com/vdnsiv4yEF— Ms.I Stay Busy (@gigglesngrin) January 24, 2018
Y'all can have your Erykah Badu. pic.twitter.com/KjLgFCihj0— Flint, MI hasn't had clean water since 4-24-2014. (@cultA_KlAsh) January 24, 2018
That reporter looked at Erykah Badu like, you see good in who? pic.twitter.com/cHrMTFLMvH— Pat SlayJak (@meek_wills) January 24, 2018
Erykah Badu- I see good in Hitler because he was a good painter.— kiss kiss. bang bang (@KaelaDelRey) January 24, 2018
Bish WHUT???? pic.twitter.com/lBmuQpGR8e
Erykah badu don't be talking about shit but folks think she's deep because her butt phat and she says things like "vibrate higher"— Peachessssss (@Liberiangyal) January 24, 2018
Erykah Badu-“I see some good in a lot of people”— Rashad (@BRashadBeal) January 24, 2018
Me reading the interview: “Yes, I can see her point”
Erykah-“Even Hitler, He was a beautiful painter”
Jewish Interviewer-“No he wasn’t!”
Erykah-“Ok he wasnt”
Me thinking: “Then why would you use him as an example?” pic.twitter.com/lWfC9VI5V5
So...Erykah Badu wouldn't let her man use the phone to call Tyrone, but sees some good in Hitler pic.twitter.com/KFY36bIin9— Christina M. (@Christina_SRL) January 24, 2018
David marchese: but don’t you think hitler has forfeited the right to people’s empathy?— MICKEY (@sefardiangelo) January 24, 2018
Erykah badu: https://t.co/WErn77qtYI
Erykah Badu must have early onset dementia. That is the only way I can justify the batcrap crazy, bizarre statements she just rattled off. Girl, you are too talented for this. pic.twitter.com/5B1Buv1xx5— seriously though (@modrealness) January 24, 2018
Just read the Erykah Badu excerpts. pic.twitter.com/6C5nZmn6cq— Maca Yute 🐂📈 (@Shottasnipe) January 24, 2018
Me: ushering Erykah Badu out of the room pic.twitter.com/WA5RwivO6g— Ade (@DeeNike) January 24, 2018
Erykah Badu did what? pic.twitter.com/vjpim33Ual— #EveryLionHasItsRoar (@LEIGHOLOGY101) January 24, 2018
This Vulture/Erykah Badu interview... pic.twitter.com/CtTnEXMnVB— El Chico Del Apartamento 710 (@dthom24) January 24, 2018
Erykah Badu: I saw something good in Hitler.— Triggered by unseasoned chicken (@TheLinoMarion) January 24, 2018
Y’all would be tearing at the seams if someone said they saw the good in the KKK because they had a great taste in fashion but Erykah Badu gets a pass for that comment on hitler...— Akela (@Anallerodragde) January 24, 2018
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