Erykah Badu in Hot Water for Praising Hitler in Off the Rails Interview

Badu had previously voiced support for Louis Farrakhan and the Palestinian cause

Erykah Badu at a press conference in 2012
Tomer Applebaum

Erykah Badu has come under scrutiny for an interview where she made comments on Bill Cosby and Adolf Hitler.

The R&B songstress said in the wide-ranging interview with Vulture that, “I see good in everybody. I saw something good in Hitler.” Badu called him a “wonderful painter.”

When pushed further Badu admitted, "Okay, he was a terrible painter. Poor thing. He had a terrible childhood. That means that when I’m looking at my daughter, Mars, I could imagine her being in someone else’s home and being treated so poorly, and what that could spawn. I see things like that. I guess it’s just the Pisces in me."

Badu in Israel in 2008 expressed her support of black leader Louis Farrakhan and the Palestinian cause before a crowd of Israeli fans and journalists in Tel Aviv.

On Cosby Badu said, “but if he’s sick, why would I be angry with him?” She said, “sick people do evil things; hurt people hurt people.” Cosby has been accused by multiple women of drugging and sexually assaulting them.

When asked about separating art from the artist with examples such as Louis C.K. and others, Badu said, “I don’t want to get scared into not thinking for myself. I weigh everything.”