Early last week, famed artist Erykah Badu sparked a controversial conversation on Twitter about standing in favor of lengthening the skirts of teenage girls’ school uniforms. The reason being so that teenage boys wouldn’t act on their feelings given the young women’s attire. Some people sided with the “Phone Down” singer while others tried to piece together her sentiments.
Badu remained steadfast in her stance on the social media site, and recently furthered the discussion in her cover story for The Fader‘s producer issue. The Dallas native spoke on the aforementioned situation at length and stated she has no reason to reconcile the matter.
“I was reporting, I was not supporting. It’s possible to understand the psyche behind behavior without condoning the behavior. I don’t have anything to apologize for,” she said. “I don’t mean to take anything back…Expressing our pain and anger for something can make us very delicate. I’m very sensitive about it now—more than before. My whole objective is to create a dialogue. That’s always my main goal…I really enjoy writing and being able to get words out of my mind in a clear way, and I get to do that when I go on Twitter. I can push send knowing that I’ve clearly communicated what I was trying to say. I just pretty much tweet spontaneously. I view myself as an artist and an intellect, a sociologist, a self-scientist—meaning that I test my own theories by having conversations with others. It’s part of my job. It’s who I am, it’s what I do.”
The highly-decorated musician also shared her thoughts on the protests across the country and how her opinion translated on her records. But she also mentioned that protestors’ focus should be on battling injustices within their own communities.
“I felt it coming on…I was really feeling a strong affinity toward writing about what was going on around me,” she said. “And I actually wrote about what’s happening right now in [2008’s New Amerykah Part 1]. So I don’t feel the need to write it now, because I got it out…We can organize like a motherf***er when police beat us up. But can we organize to stop black-on-black crime, or poor-on-poor crime? Because, you know, poor is the new black. You don’t have to be black now.”
Read the full cover story here.
— The FADER (@thefader) April 20, 2016