Hip Hop’s favorite root lady Erykah Badu, who some have called rap’s Miss Cleo, is trending once again. Days after some social media users came for Badu after she said she’d be “praying for” besieged and discredited former chart-topper R. Kelly over his alleged dalliances with young girls, Badu urged her millions of followers on Black Twitter to use restraint before jumping to conclusions–which many took to be a reference to the recent alleged violent attack suffered by Empire star Jussie Smollett.
Smollett was assaulted and doused with bleach by two unidentified men in what the media has dubbed a racist and homophobic hate crime in Chicago.
This is the tweet Badu sent out that got her trending:
“Are y’all sure you know the facts before we [tear] sh*t up? Cause just last week ..every headline written about me was all out of context and manipulated to trigger YOUR outrage,” Badu tweeted.
Badu tried to clarify that her tweet wasn’t about Smollet”s case, but the Grammy-winning singer and cultural icon made the tweet after news of Smollett’s attack had already gone public. Nevertheless, Badu claimed the tweet wasn’t about Smollett but was rather intended to be “across the board”.Ju
This is not in ref to my brother Jussie. This is across the Board . Period . Don’t try it, fam. https://t.co/LkPM0RQeJD— ErykahBadoula (@fatbellybella) January 29, 2019
Some of Badu’s fans accused the singer of minimizing a homophobic assault on another celebrity. Badu, who once ran naked through the streets of her hometown of Dallas, scaring folks everywhere in sight, while shooting a video, has at times been accused of insensitivity to the LGBTQ cause.
Badu dismissed the criticism over her tweet.
Yes sis.Again.I was encouraging the group to wait for the FACTS before making a sound judgment on ANYTHING.I used my situation as an example. At the same time I received news our bro Jussie was attacked. I had already started this convo when I was alerted.The two were entangled. https://t.co/ObHvf4cYSH— ErykahBadoula (@fatbellybella) January 29, 2019
In a separate tweet, Badu sent “love” to Smollett, who is recovering from is assault after being treated at an area hospital. The attack has garnered international headlines.
Smollett’s alleged attackers are still on the loose and have not been ID’d.