Erykah Badu has released a public apology to the Obama’s for sharing unauthorised photos of Barack’s 60th birthday party at Martha’s Vineyard back in early August.
The soul singer took to Twitter after criticism began to mount when Badu’s photos, which showed hundreds of unmasked guests, started to trend. A number of commentators labelled the party a “superspreader event”, mainly based on Badu’s now-deleted photos.
“Mr. And Mrs. Obama, Please forgive me for being the ‘terrible guest’ at such a sacred event for your family,” she wrote. “I was so inconsiderate, Thank you for all your love. What an example of ‘how NOT’ to be …… erica,” the singer posted last week to Twitter.
Badu was recently the subject of a tribute song from Atlanta experimental hip-hop duo EarthGang, and during the write up I professed my fandom, going so far as to call her one of the “best singers of all time.” I stand by that assessment. I also don’t believe that Badu should shoulder the burden of criticism for the event: that should likely fall on the Obama’s for not making a harder personal stance on public safety during a global pandemic when they’ve been promoting widespread adoption of masks and vaccinations.
Either way, Badu went out of her way to apologise for her part in the debacle, and professed that she didn’t do so under pressure from the Obama’s or anyone else, but rather because “It’s just the right thing”.
See the apology, below.