R&B musician Erykah Badu in a recent interview said that good can be found in everyone — even within former Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
So what did she say?
Badu, in a wide-ranging Vulture interview published on Wednesday, explained that it's not so hard to find humanity even in people like Hitler.
"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 saw something good in Hitler."
The interviewer, David Marchese, was clearly taken aback, and asked the musician to explain.
"Hitler was a wonderful painter," Badu qualified.
When Marchese pointed out that Hitler's artistic prowess was actually sorely lacking, Badu backed off.
"What would his skill as a painter have to do with any 'good' in him?" Marchese asked.
"OK, he was a terrible painter," she offered. "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."
What's the history here?
Badu was criticized after a 2008 trip to Israel where she said she followed the nation of Islam's leader, Minister Louis Farrakhan.
Badu said that she believed Farrakhan was a "super hero" and a "beautiful, brave being."
Badu's comments were met with questions of how a man who has made controversial commentaries about both whites and Jews could be a "super hero," and accusations of anti-Semitism.
To note, Farrakhan has also praised Hitler in the past, calling him a "very great man."
The U.S. Senate condemned Farrakhan in 1984 after his controversial and inflammatory comments.