Wednesday, 24 January 2018

“I see good in everybody” – Singer Erykah Badu discusses Fela, Bill Cosby & Hitler in New Interview

R&B star Erykah Badu, in an interview with Vulture, discussed how she avoids groupthink and tries to figure out things for herself.

Badu, who just curated a box set of Fela‘s albums, discussed how she’s not quick to judge people like Bill Cosby and Louis C. K. who have seemingly done bad things, as she likes to weigh the situations individually.

Asked about what she thinks about XXXTentacion who has, among other things, been accused of domestic abuse, and Fela, who “seems had retrograde attitudes about women,” Badu said: “I would never suggest that I have the popular opinion on this. Because I don’t.”

When asked her opinion on the discussion about whether art can be separated from the artist, be it XXXTentacion or Fela or Louis C.K. or Bill Cosby or whomever, she said:
 It takes me back to a story my grandmother told me about Jesus and Barabbas. Jesus is standing on one side, Barabbas is standing on the other side, and the people have to choose which one of them could go free. Some people started yelling, “Barabbas! Barabbas! Barabbas!” Then so many people were doing that that the others found safety in numbers, and they also started yelling, “Barabbas! Barabbas! Barabbas!” People walked up who didn’t even know what was going on and they also started yelling for Barabbas to go free. I always think about that. It’s so important to me.
She later expanded on what she meant by telling story from the Bible, and explained that:

I don’t want to get scared into not thinking for myself. I weigh everything. Even what you just asked me, I would have to really think about it and know the facts in each of those situations before I made a judgment. 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? 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. I know I could be crucified for saying that, because I’m supposed to be on the purple team or the green team. I’m not trying to rebel against what everybody’s saying, but maybe I want to measure it. 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.
Badu went on to say that she sees the good in everybody, even in Adolf Hitler...because he was a wonderful painter.

Read the full interview on Vulture.

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