Aubrey O'Day has released a statement about a clip of her appearance Monday night (August 31) on the Fox News program, "Hannity," in which the former Danity Kane singer calls Fidel Castro and Adolf Hitler "brilliant."
In the statement released to MTV News, the singer reasserts what she said on the show, emphasizing that just because she thinks they were smart doesn't mean she condones the notorious leaders' "evil behavior."
"Murderers and dictators generally are some of the smartest people out there — they just use their brain power for evil purposes," O'Day said. "I don't condone any of their evil behavior, but I was asked about their intellectual firepower ... and in my opinion you can't have a low IQ and wreak that much havoc on the world. What Hitler succeeded in doing was deplorable. And I hope we never see such an abusive use of power again."
In the interview, O'Day also mentioned that she had met Castro and "worked with him" when she was in Cuba. In the statement she goes into greater depth about that encounter.
"I was a college student on a program called Semester at Sea. Through that program, chosen political-science students attended a half-day seminar of Fidel Castro and his thoughts on basically everything except Cuba's relationship with the U.S.," she recalled. "It was very interesting."
O'Day was ostensibly invited to "Hannity" share her opinion on a recent U.N. report on international sex-education guidelines, which recommends that children be taught about masturbation. The Playboy model said she agreed with the recommendation, citing the lack of information on HIV and AIDS she witnessed when visiting places in Africa.