R&B singer Erykah Badu sent tongues wagging on Wednesday when she admitted in a bombshell interview that she empathizes with creeps like Adolph Hitler and Bill Cosby.
During a long-ranging interview with Vulture magazine, the topic of anti-Semitism came up, after some members of the Israeli press asked if Badu follows Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
“Sure I do,” Badu admitted. “I’ll follow anyone who has positive aspects. He single-handedly changed half of the Nation of Islam to clean eating, clean living, caring for their families. He has flaws — like any man — but I’m not responsible for that.”
The 46-year-old went on to describe herself as “an observer who can see good things and bad things,” in people.
Then she brought up the mastermind of the Holocaust.
“I’m a humanist. I see good in everybody. I saw something good in Hitler.”
When the interviewer asked her to clarify what she meant, she explained that “Hitler was a wonderful painter.”
After being pressed further, Badu explained that even Hitler deserves some empathy.
“He had a terrible childhood,” Badu continued. “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.”
Badu also says she's not willing to take sides, even when it comes to artists who've been accused of horrible abuses, including sicko Bill Cosby! "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? The people who got hurt, I feel so bad for them. I want them to feel better, too."
Almost immediately, the outpouring on Twitter turned against the singer, with many calling her ignorant and promising to stop following her.
Badu is known for creating controversy. She previously made headlines when she walked through President John F. Kennedy’s Dallas assassination spot completely naked for her 2010 music video “Window Seat.”
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