Erykah Badu Faces Online Backlash After Claiming She “Saw Something Good In Hitler”

25 January 2018, 14:04 | Updated: 25 January 2018, 14:05

Erykah Badu

Erykah is under fire!

Erykah Badu is facing a huge social media backlash after she claimed she “saw something good in Hitler.” 

The R&B singer, who is known for her uncompromising music and personality, made the controversial comments in a new interview with Vulture.

“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,” she said during the lengthy interview with the publication. 

When asked to clarify her surprising statements, she said: “Yeah, I did. Hitler was a wonderful painter.” 

She continued: “Why can’t I say what I’m saying? Because he did such terrible things?

“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.” 

Following Badu’s controversial statement, fans took to Twitter to express their disbelief: 

While others thought the negative backlash was too strong:

Erykah Badu then took to Instagram to respond to the backlash she received: “When the media tries to spin ya sh.. Ay,” she captioned a picture of herself sitting on a red sofa.

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