The R&B star discussed lyricism in hip hop, existentialism, and plenty more, but she’s trending on Twitter due to her plea to humanize the two largely unpopular male figures.
“I see good in everybody. I saw something good in Hitler,” Badu said.
She went on, “Poor thing. He had a terrible childhood.”
Her interviewer, David Marchese, clapped back, questioning her problematic approach. “I think going down the route of ‘Hitler was a child once too’ is maybe turning the idea of empathy into an empty abstraction.”
They both eventually agreed to disagree.
When it comes to Cosby, Badu explained “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?”
Fans were not pleased and reacted online.
— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) January 24, 2018
Why why why did I click to see why Erykah Badu was trending??? pic.twitter.com/w99JEIO1ZZ
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) January 24, 2018
Badu CLAPS BACK
Badu defended her interview on Instagram saying.
When the media try’s to spin ya sh.. Aye , There’s this link in my bio. @vulture mag conversation with badu. By David Marchese . Im open for dialogue here.
Clearly, she stands by what she said.. so where do we go from here?
It’s an interesting stance. Are humans inherently evil? Or are we just victims, reacting to and shaped by our experiences? Wherever you land on the topic, neither Cosby or Hitler have admitted to, or apologized for any sort of wrongdoing.
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