Erykah Badu became a pop star without ever compromising his musical vision only. Many critics argue that he created a completely new genre called neo-soul mixing elements of jazz, soul, hip-hop and R & B. The style made it incredibly popular. His first album, "Baduizm", debuted in 1997 in second place on the Billboard 200 charts and quickly became triple platinum.
Badu has always been equally uncompromising in his comments and public actions, although they often generate controversy among his fans. In the music video for his 2010 song "Window Seat," for example, he undressed at Dealey Plaza in Dallas and pretended to be shot in the head, a strange reflection or mockery of the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
That intransigent streak continued in a controversial interview that Badu gave to David Marchese de Vulture – published online on Wednesday – in which he said he sees a good side for all, including Adolf Hitler.
Badu has not released a record since 2010, but she gave the interview before the provisional reissue of "Baduizm" in February. After a brief discussion of music, Marchese asked if he could separate an artist from his art by considering the accusations of sexual misconduct that have dominated the headlines for months, specifically those against rapper XXX Temptation and comedians Louis C.K. and Bill Cosby.
Badu said he hesitates to try people like Cosby, accused of rape, sexual assault or sexual harassment by at least 60 women. She does not "want to be afraid of not thinking for myself".
Badu added, "if he is sick, why would he be angry with him?" He admitted that his point of view could be misunderstood, saying "I could be crucified for saying that," but that "the urge to go crazy has no meaning for me."
He added that it is important not to choose sides but "to see all sides simultaneously" in an attempt to find good in people. Badu says he does this and that he can see the best side of all. As an example, he pointed to Hitler.
"I see something good in everyone," said Badu. "I saw something good in Hitler"
"Again?" Marchese said.
"Hitler was a wonderful painter," Badu replied.
Before his military and political career, Hitler strove to be a painter. But when he was young, he was rejected from the art school in Vienna and abandoned crafts.
Marchese asked why "his ability as a painter would have to do with any & # 39; good & # 39; on him".
Badu quickly changed speed.
"Okay, I was a terrible painter," he said. "Poor dear".
He later regretted Hitler's education, saying that he had a "terrible childhood" without explaining why.
Many condemned Badu's comments on Twitter after the interview, including the executive director of the Anti-Defamation League, Jonathan Greenblatt.
"You are a role model for many, and as such, you must apologize immediately for these irresponsible and wrong comments," he tweeted Greenblatt . He also said : I also like to think that there is good in all people, but Hitler is pure evil. I do not care if he painted or was a vegetarian; Hitler is responsible for the death of 6 million Jews and a war that claimed the lives of tens of millions. It's a pity that you minimize that. "
" Erykah Badu, when you say you can see well in Hitler, just remember something ", tweeted the British journalist Joshua Zitzer, who said he is the grandson of a survivor of Auschwitz. " . . In his mind, that might seem like a really smart and nuanced point. For Holocaust survivors and their ancestors, it's a kick in the teeth and an unnecessarily offensive thing to say "
Ashley Weatherford, editor of New York magazine, just said of the interview:" My jaw "is currently on the floor."
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