"I know I don’t have the most popular opinion sometimes."
Erykah Badu has said she is even able to see the good in Adolf Hitler.
The singer-songwriter defined herself in a new interview as a “humanist”, before saying: “I see good in everybody. I saw something good in Hitler.”
After her comments drew a response of “come again” from the Vulture reporter interviewing her, Badu replied: “Yeah, I did. Hitler was a wonderful painter.”
Later in the interview, the reporter suggested that showing empathy for Hitler could be stretching the whole concept of empathy too far. “Maybe so. It doesn’t test my limits — I can see this clearly,” Badu countered. “I don’t care if the whole group says something, I’m going to be honest. I know I don’t have the most popular opinion sometimes.”
When the reporter told Badu he found her comments “disheartening”, she replied: “You asked me a question. I could’ve chosen not to answer. I don’t walk around thinking about Hitler or Louis Farrakhan. But I understand what you’re saying: ‘Why would you want to risk fueling hateful thinking?’ I have a platform, and I would never want to hurt people. I would never do that. I would never even imagine doing that. I would never even want a group of white men who believe that the Confederate flag is worth saving to feel bad. That’s not how I operate.”
Back in November, Badu revealed what the real Ms. Jackson – her mother – felt about Outkast’s iconic hit single.
The 2000 rap smash – which reached Number One in the US and Number Two in the UK – was conceived by Outkast’s Andre 3000 as an apology to Badu and her mother after their break-up.