Erykah Badu is currently trending online after a recent interview with Vulture was published online.
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?