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Erykah Badu Backlash

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The supposed free-spirited and peaceful Erykah Badu on January 23, had an interview with Vulture to talk about her upcoming work and her perception of Hip-Hop and changes to the industry. During the interview she spoke on her appreciation of artist XXXTenacion’s work even though he is not considered an upstanding person and has been accused of such things as domestic battery and witness tampering. She talks about separating the person from their art.

The conversation then flows and brings up Cosby and later Hitler. Badu says, “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. But sick people do evil things; hurt people hurt people.” The interviewer then asks her to speak on her public perceived anti-Semitism and she responds by saying, “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.” After being asked to clarify what she was saying, Badu said that Hitler was “a wonderful painter.” She then recanted and explained after being asked a follow up about Hitler being a good painter and said, “Okay, he was a terrible painter. Poor thing. He had a terrible childhood.” Nevertheless Badu called most of her comments her own independent thinking, but that did not stop major Twitter and media backlash for the artist.

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