America in the current year is a place where you can be shamed and see your life destroyed for saying/believing completely innocuous things, like that maybe transgender folks should seek help or forced diversity is a bad thing.
While there’s an unprecedented number of things you’re not allowed to say/think these days, there’s one particular topic and person that’s always been off limits, and rightfully so. That being expressing empathy with Hitler or Nazis in any way.
As reported at the Daily Caller, apparently, hip-hop artist Erykah Badu never received this memo, as she ventured into dangerous territory recently during an interview with “Vulture.”
The topic of Hitler came up when Badu was asked about criticisms she faced back in 2008, when she took a trip to Israel and declared she was a follower of Louis Farrakhan, an anti-Semite and leader of the Nation of Islam.
Badu responded, “I’m not an anti-Semitic person. I (didn’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,” Badu said randomly as the Nazi leader had not been previously mentioned in the interview.
“Come again?” the interview asked back.
“Hitler was a wonderful painter,” she responded.
The interviewer pressed Badu to continue explaining herself, revealing to her that Hitler was, in fact, an average painter at best.
“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 answered.
The interviewer wasn’t convinced of Badu’s strange response, and asked her if she was “turning the idea of empathy into an empty abstraction.”
“Maybe so,” Badu responded before admitting the obvious. “… I know I don’t have the most popular opinion sometimes.”
At least she’s aware that her opinions are absurd. It’s okay to have some strange and outlandish beliefs, but even someone as out there as Badu should know that what she said is verboten and completely ignorant.
Source: Daily Caller