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Erykah Badu: "I saw something good in Hitler"


Often-provocative singer Erykah Badu who was arrested in Dallas in 2010 after filming an unauthorized video for “Window Seat,” in which she stripped off all her clothes , is making headlines once again with a comment praising Adolf Hitler's artistic abilities.

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In a wide-ranging interview with Vulture, she said she is able to see good in everyone, no matter how repugnant a person's actions might be. Even a murderous dictator bent on genocide and world domination.

"I’m a humanist. I see good in everybody. I saw something good in Hitler," she said, to which the incredulous reporter responds, "Come again?"

"Yeah, I did," Badu insists. "Hitler was a wonderful painter."

Here’s a message she’s since posted on Twitter:

She said she is not anti-Semitic. Read the entire interview here.

In 2014 Badu filmed herself singing anonymously for tips in Times Square .  One person recognized Badu, but she was after strangers’ donations, not fans’ attention.

“Beat it!” she told a guy who wanted to take a photo. (She did acquiesce, then removed her hat so no one else would recognize her.)

She didn’t sing any of her hits, but rather a freestyle verse that basically went, “Give me some moneyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!”


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