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Erykah Badu says 'I see good in Hitler'

CONTROVERSY: Erykah Badu (Photo credit: Samir Hussein/WIREIMAGE/Getty Images)

ECCENTRIC SOUL singer Erykah Badu has sparked controversy online by saying she saw something "good" in Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

In an interview with Vulture, Badu claims he wasn't all bad, and the Internet has lit up with critics taking aim at the songstress.

Speaking about her humanist beliefs and her commitment to "see all sides simultaneously", Badu told the magazine, "I saw something good in Hitler... Hitler was a wonderful painter."

Challenged about her comment, she quickly added, "OK, he was a terrible painter. Poor thing. 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."

Her Hitler remarks came after the Vulture interviewer, David Marchese, asked Badu about claims she hates Jews.

"I'm not an anti-Semitic person," she said. "I (didn't) even know what anti-Semitic was before I was called it. I'm a humanist. I see good in everybody... I know I don't have the most popular opinion sometimes."

Badu has since tweeted the Vulture article, adding the caption: "@vulture x @david_marchese conversation with Badu. Or THE JEW and Badu?"

The On & On hitmaker also was asked about her feelings towards the likes of Louis C.K. and Bill Cosby following accusations of sexual misconduct and rape.

"I would have to really think about it and know the facts in each of those situations before I made a judgment," she said. "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?"

"Hurt people hurt people," she continued. "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."

Since making the comments, The Anti-Defamation League chief Johnathan Greenblatt has called on Badu to issue an immediate apology for the comments she made about Adolf Hitler in the interview.

Greenblatt insists the star's statements are clearly more than a casual opinion and he has slammed Erykah for using her platform to sympathise with one of the greatest villains in history, who orchestrated the largest genocide of all time by exterminating six million Jews.

"Erykah Badu, I read your interview in @Vulture, and I have a few thoughts," the CEO of the charity, which is the largest Jewish civil rights organisation in the world, wrote on his Twitter account.

"I also like to think that there is good in all people," he added, "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."

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