Badu, who is revered for thinking outside of the box, stepped too far outside of it for some people readers, who are outraged at Badu’s answers. Following a question where Badu was apparently linked to Farrakhan’s alleged anti-semitism, Badu stated that she does not like to take sides, remarking:
“We’re not, and I’m okay with that. I’m also okay with anything I had to say about Louis Farrakhan. But 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.” The “Love of my Life” singer also went on to add:
“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.”
Erykah frequently gives us tongue in cheek, almost flippant answers during her interviews, but unfortunately, if any of her responses were supposed to be light-hearted and sarcastic, it wasn’t translated in the article, and her followers had plenty to say online.
Erykah Badu: I’m a humanist. I see good in everybody. I saw something good in Hitler.
The journalist: pic.twitter.com/SvyQj1Tlrw
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) January 24, 2018
What do you think? Did she cross the line?