Erykah Badu Called Pedophile Apologist, Victim Blamer For Stance On New Zealand High School Short Skirts Ban

Erykah Badu has never been one to shy away from controversy when it comes to unpopular stances on political issues, but even some of her biggest fans are outraged over comments she made supporting the administration of a New Zealand high school that told young women their skirts must be knee-length in order to avoid distracting male students and staff.

Erykah unearthed what was clearly a polemic dispute over the issue. Most of the arguments against her focused on the debate between “accountability vs. blaming” when it comes to such rules limiting the way young women dress. Badu’s own opinion, more fleshed out by later tweets, indicates that it is natural for a man to be attracted to a woman who has passed through puberty. Because of that, guidelines to curb so-called distractions were preventative and not punitive toward young women.

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Erykah Badu dropped some divisive opinions about a New Zealand high school's short skirts ban. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Those who responded were extremely split on Erykah’s views. Some accused her of trying to normalize older men being attracted to underaged girls. Others agreed with her that even law cannot dictate morals and that those affected by such societal issues need to take that into account.

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Erykah Badu shared some controversial thoughts on Twitter earlier this week. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

Throughout the conversation, Erykah attempted to reinforce the view that the issue was more complicated than putting blame on women or men. When confronted with critics who argued that even bringing up such a viewpoint was wrong on her part, Badu staunchly stood by her right to give unpopular opinions.

Even though Erykah Badu was starting a battle with some people on Twitter, she was also in entertainment news this weekend for patching up her ongoing feud with antagonistic rapper Azealia Banks. The pair had a falling out when Erykah tweeted that she had “tried” to listen to Azealia’s music, which sent the younger musician into a rage. Both expressed relief to be supportive of one another again, reported HotNewHipHop.

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