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
But before that, the pushback ranged from polite to profane to incredulous."To Holocaust survivors and their ancestors, it’s a kick in the teeth and an unnecessarily offensive thing to say," tweeted Joshua Zitser."Erykah Badu, nooooooo! (Erykah and I went to college together, and I’m just floored by this interview)," tweeted Charles M. Blow, the New York Times' politics-and-social-justice opinion columnist.
Some people couldn't decide how to respond. "I don't know what to do or say about erykah anymore," said Xavier D'LeauBadu also had some sympathetic words for Bill Cosby, and never mind the dozens of allegations that he drugged and/or raped women going back to the mid-1960s."I love Bill Cosby," she said. "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..."Cue the mouths dropping open."This is a fascinating, infuriating interview where Erykah Badu talks about seeing the humanity in Bill Cosby and...Hitler (my jaw is currently on the floor)," tweeted Ashley Weatherford, a beauty editor for The Cut, New York magazine's style column.Badu, famous for her eccentric hats and headgear, has long been known to operate on her own wavelength.She said her way of thinking might stem from her astrological sign, Pisces, and "a cognitive-dissonance reality" we all live in, plus the "hive mentality.""We want to live a certain way or do a certain thing, and we don’t because we are emotionally attached to how the group thinks," she said. "The hive mentality takes over. But you know what’s right in your mind and your heart, and if you’re strong enough to detach from the hive then sometimes, just sometimes, you may be able to do the right thing."Marchese moved on with the interview, apparently arranged in connection with the reissue of her debut album, 1997's Baduizm, tentatively slated for return as a set of vinyl 45s in February."Why why why did I click to see why Erykah Badu was trending???" tweet-moaned MSNBC's Joy Reid.©2018 USA Today/Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.