According to Fat Belly Bella’s mentions, Black and Jewish Twitter came down her throat in regards to her recent commentary in a new interview with Vulture where the captivating singer expressed her sense of empathy for Hitler and Bill Cosby.
Exactly what was wrong with what Erykah Badu said in the so-called “problematic” interview? She finds the recent social media uproar to just be another case of publications using what she labels “trigger words” for click bait, and notes that the masses love controversy which fuels the content for modern day blogs. Badu made it known that her message got lost in the blind-sighted uproar, due to a severe lack of literacy on behalf of the masses. In other words, the majority chose not to read the full interview, but instead, took 4 lines out of over 100 to conclude a false moral, which lead to the backlash from Black and Jewish Twitter.
The CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, Johnathan Greenblatt, took to Twitter to respond to the now famous Vulture interview to inform the proclaimed “humanist” that her positive remarks about the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan were basically ignorant, labeling the Nation of Islam leader as being “a virulent anti-Semite & racist,” while deeming her comments about Hilter being a troubled child and “wonderful painter” as shameful. Greenblatt even made an attempt to validate his inaccurate labeling of Farrakhan by linking a 2015 bit written by the ADL badmouthing him.
“He single-handedly changed half of the Nation of Islam to clean eating, clean living, caring for their families. He has flaws — like any man — but I’m not responsible for that. I said I’ve appreciated what he’s done for a lot of black Americans. I mean, I’m not Muslim, I’m not Christian, I’m not anything; I’m an observer who can see good things and bad things. If you say something good about someone, people think it means that you’ve chosen a side. But I don’t choose sides. I see all sides simultaneously.”
In the interview, after clarifying that she is not an “anti-Semitic,” to prove it, the “Window Seat” class act went on to declare her status as a “humanist” and proclaim that she sees the good in everybody, and even saw the good in Hilter, which is subject to the once Nazi Party leader’s “wonderful” painting skills.
Trying to impose his/her stance on the subject of Hilter by calling her observation “an empty abstraction,” Badu insisted to the interviewer, with knowledge her own opinion is unpopular, that regardless of what is collectively said concerning a certain matter, she will always stand firm in truth and speak her mind.
“I don’t care if the whole group says something, I’m going to be honest. I know I don’t have the most popular opinion sometimes.”
Despite being a renowned neo-soul and R&B artist, the Badizum singer was asked several questions regarding the condition of hip-hop culture, mostly surrounding separating the gruesome allegations of a form of abuse from an artist and their art, with XXXTentacion, Fela Kuti, Louis C.K., and Bill Cosby as examples. She mentioned a parable her grandmother once told her, which helped her mold her understanding about choosing sides, thus her positive commentary that triggered Black Twitter to go off was born.
“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.”
Of course, Badu took to Twitter to react to the reaction. When asked by a fan “what happened muva?,” she answered by making it known, she was just using her brain. She denounced the masses of Black and Jewish Twitter’s wrongful use of the term “problematic,” and advised them to actually read the interview in it totality. “Say what u must. Dialogue is cool . I invite it. But please do me a favor if you can , Black & Jewish Twitter, just don’t use the word “problematic ” any more. Y’all using that too much … oh and read the article,” tweets Badu.
Nothin. I was just using my own brain again. I know it's against the rules. I know I know. https://t.co/g6EGf8EXJL
— ErykahBadoula (@fatbellybella) January 24, 2018
Say what u must. Dialogue is cool . I invite it. But please do me a favor if you can , Black & Jewish Twitter, just don't use the word "problematic " any more. ?Y'all using that too much . ?.. oh and read the article.
— ErykahBadoula (@fatbellybella) January 24, 2018
Later down the interview, Badu tells a story involving her ex-beau of a rapper, Common, which involves an illegal trip to Cuba and Santería.
Erykah Badu is an artist who is known to speak her truth without seeking the acceptance from a collective or type of for the sake of amateur clout. Badu birthed several dimensions of herself, which is well recorded in her music and deeds outside of music. The image her fan base tends to herald is one that she brought into existence in the 90s with Badizum, her classic solo debut. Since Badizum, she has evolved into a woman with several certain purposes which have molded her broadened vision concerning the universe.