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Erykah Badu Slammed For Saying She Sees "Something Good" In Hitler

Her comments about Bill Cosby are also getting some attention.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

Say what?

Erykah Badu is getting hit with a ton of backlash online after making controversial comments about Adolf Hitler, Entertainment Weekly reports.

During a recent interview with Vulture, the singer explained that she sees the good in everyone — even Hitler, who she says was a "wonderful painter."

When interviewer David Marchese argues against her statement, Badu continues, "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," she continued.

Her comments about Bill Cosby are also drawing attention. When asked about her opinion on the comedian and the accusations surrounding him, she explained that she doesn't want to "get scared into" not thinking for herself.

"I weigh everything," she continued. "Even what you just asked me, 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?"

"The people who got hurt, I feel so bad for them. I want them to feel better, too," she continued. "But sick people do evil things; hurt people hurt people. 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. Somebody will call me and ask me to come to a march because such and such got shot. In that situation I want to know what really happened. I'm not going to jump up and go march just because I'm green and the person who got shot is green. The rush to get mad doesn't make sense to me."

Needless to say, many on social media found her comments offensive.


Badu later addressed the backlash on Twitter.

"People are in real pain," she wrote. "So I understand why my 'good' intent was misconstrued as 'bad'. In trying to express a point, I used 1 of the worst examples possible, Not to support the cruel actions of an unwell, psychopathic Adolf Hitler, but to only exaggerate a show of compassion."

"Either U read the entire VULTURE interview & U understood the message of compassion CLEARLY," she continued. "OR U only read the selective, out of context Headlines, & were drawn in2 the whirlpool of collective emotional grief. I don't want 2 force U 2understand the way I love. I'm hopeful tho."

You can check out her tweets below.

[Photo: Getty Images]