Erykah Badu Finds Empathy With Hitler and Bill Cosby: "I See Good in Everybody"

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"Hitler was a wonderful painter," the R&B singer said, adding, "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."

Erykah Badu has never been one to hold back her opinions, and in her new interview with Vulture, she stays true to her word by explaining how she manages to empathize with even some of the most unsympathetic figures — particularly Adolf Hitler.

"I see good in everybody. I saw something good in Hitler," revealed Badu to interviewer David Marchese. Stunned by her remarks, Marchese asked Badu to elaborate on her answer, to which she responded: "Hitler was a wonderful painter."

Pushed on that point, Badu — who says she thinks she fits the description of an "empath" — continued: "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."

Earlier in the interview, the R&B singer refused to make any judgments toward Bill Cosby, despite the numerous sexual assault allegations against him. “Because 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 questioned. “The people who got hurt, I feel so bad for them. I want them to feel better, too. But sick people do evil things; hurt people hurt people.”

Though Badu admitted that her opinions may go against popular beliefs, she remains adamant in her stance and refuses to budge, despite the risk of being "crucified" for her statements.

"I’m not trying to rebel against what everybody’s saying, but maybe I want to measure it," she said. "Somebody will call me and ask me to come to a march because such and such got shot. In that situation, I want to know what really happened. I’m not going to jump up and go march just because I’m green and the person who got shot is green. The rush to get mad doesn’t make sense to me."

You can read her full interview with Vulture here.

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