“I Saw Something Good In Hitler”-Twitter Is Not Happy With Eryka Badu
by G. Brown
Multiple Grammy Award winning singer Erykah Badu has used her amazing vocals to pierce listeners with the social consciousness of her “New Amerykah” album series which one reviewer hailed as reminiscence of a time when other Black artists like Sly Stone, Marvin Gaye and Funkadelic “…made records filled not only with visionary, avant-garde sounds, but with a social expansiveness, a fire and ambition to say something important to and for a community.”(Pitchfork.com)
Badu is a woman who is certain of her identity…embraces who she is…and immersed in her own spiritual quest. Her music has elevated her above the crowd as a voice of strength, self-awareness, social consciousness and truth. Accolades that have also landed her in the middle of controversy at times like in 2010 when she walked naked through the streets of the historic Dealey Plaza in her hometown Dallas Texas for her “Window Seat” video. Badu defended her actions saying the song was about “liberating yourself from layers and layers of skin or demons that a hindrance to your growth or freedom, or evolution.” The price of that liberation was a bunch of angry Texans who felt Badu “disrespected” the site where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, a disorderly conduct charge, a $500 fine and six months probation. The controversy brought her more popularity making the video a trending search on Google.
Controversy may not play in Badu’s behalf this time. The 46-year old singer told Vulture Magazine in a recent interview that she tries not to rush to judgement about people saying, “…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?” She says she feels bad for the people that Cosby hurt, “But sick people do evil things; hurt people hurt people.”
Badu only dug a deeper hole for herself it seems in her free thinking about forgiveness saying, “If you say something good about someone, people think it means that you’ve chosen a side. But I don’t choose sides. I see all sides simultaneously.” The singer continued that line of thought saying, ” I’m a humanist. I see good in everybody. I saw something good in Hitler.” A stunned interviewer replied, “Come again?” before calling the singer out on that one saying ” going down the route of “Hitler was a child once too” is maybe turning the idea of empathy into an empty abstraction.”
That interviewer wasn’t the only one to have a harsh reaction to Badu’s comments.
Hitler was also great at killing millions and millions of innocent people
— Connor Lucht (@ConnorLucht) January 24, 2018
“Im such a wonderful human that I even took time to find something good about Hitler, because I am so enlightened and making the world better by finding good in the evil, dead dictators.”
— No, your stupid! (@RalfLopios) January 24, 2018
I think Donald Trump’s “fine people on both sides” must have really struck a chord with Erykah. 🤦🏻♀
— Grishma (@Jashapara) January 24, 2018
A wonderful painter like she’s a great- or relevant- singer. What a pathetic attempt to provoke “controversy” in order to resurrect her sagging career.
— Deborah Frost (@HeadSurgeon) January 24, 2018
Aside from that Mrs. Lincoln?
— Michael Koehn (@attykoehn) January 24, 2018
If your going to see the good in Hitler maybe not do it in the same paragraph where you say you don’t know what anti-Semitism is
— just some guy (@whythe8) January 24, 2018
I see Eryka Badu is showing her ass again. And not in the good way.
— Skin Care Activist (@CruzanChoklate) January 24, 2018
I’m.sorry but Eryka Badu has been trash for a long while. But that bullshit right there….I don’t have the words.
— Tonisha (@TLB8275) January 24, 2018
World: theres too much hatred in the world. We need to learn to love each other and everyone.#ErykaBadu: I can see some good in Hitler
World: what an ignorant bitch.
— nate cate (@CrippledCrackah) January 24, 2018
Whatever new music Badu is working on may have a hit single, but her words of Hitler empathy did not play well on Twitter. And one commenter pointed out that maybe Badu is trying to attract attention to boost potential sales. Badu doesn’t seem to put that much thought into what she says and does, but only tries to live her truth—even if no one else agrees. She’s said during previous social media controversies that she had no apologies…do you think she’ll stick with that position this time?