Erykah Badu Doesn't Regret Controversial Hitler Comments
(AllHipHop News) Erykah Badu doesn't regret controversial comments she made about Adolf Hitler that outraged Jewish groups.
In January, an interview with the star was published on the Vulture website in which she said she saw "something good" in the murderous Nazi dictator, and called him a "wonderful painter."
Her remarks drew angry criticism from Jonathan Greenblatt, the head of Jewish civil rights group the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
Erykah issued a clarification following the controversy but says she isn't ashamed of her comments and refuses to disown them.
"I don't regret anything," she tells British newspaper The Guardian. "I don't like to make people feel uncomfortable or bad. But people are very sensitive in this climate. It's very understandable. I totally understand. I get mad with them. I get it.
"But no. I would never take back a message of love. I'm sorry that it was misunderstood. But not sorry for saying it because it was from a place of love. And sometimes that happens."
After reading the article the ADL chief slammed the musician on Twitter, writing, "I also like to think that there is good in all people but Hitler is pure evil. I don't care if he painted or was a vegetarian; Hitler is responsible for the deaths of 6 million Jews & a war that claimed the lives of tens of millions. Shame on you for downplaying that."
However, the singer, 47, has hit out at those who condemned her, adding, "I guarantee you: if you read the article completely, there's no way a third-grader wouldn't understand what I meant. But if you did not continue to read then you won't."
Her Hitler comments came after she was asked for her views on Bill Cosby, who was then awaiting trial on a sexual assault charge.
He has since been convicted.
"I love Bill Cosby, and I love what he's done for the world," she said. "But if he's sick, why would I be angry with him? Hurt people hurt people."