Erykah Badu has openly displayed her support for the New Zealand school that were condemned for telling teenage girls to lower their skirts to knee level, so that male students and teachers wouldn’t become “distracted”.
While the policy change prompted fury across the world, Badu maintains that it is the right thing to do. The singer songwriter, who trudged head first in to the argument, has been satirised for a Twitter rant that stretches out over eleven posts. The 45-year-old’s comments have provoked many into accusing her of victim blaming.
Badu, who had a child with André 3000 in 1997, stated that teenage girls should wear knee length skirts as protection from the “natural” desires of men. The Dallas-born singer began by saying “There was an article ruling that high school girls lower their skirts so male teachers are not distracted. I agreed”.
She continued “It is not them who is doing anything wrong by being beautiful and attractive, but with such imbalance in our society it is smart to be aware and awake. But do I think it is unnatural for a heterosexual male 2b attracted to a young woman in a revealing skirt? No. I think it’s his nature. If I had a school I would make sure that the uniform skirt length was a nice knee length”.
Badu’s louche comments have come under fire as some users have argued that the singer has defended men’s rights to be sexually attracted to underage girls.
One unhappy user tweeted “If you cannot see that Erykah Badu basically victim blamed girls and normalized sexuality towards young girls, delete yourself”, while another voiced their disgust by saying:
“Erykah Badu just went on an entire rant about how men being attracted to young women is ok because “it is his nature”, I’m so done”.