Singer and reality TV star AUBREY O'DAY has defended comments she made about Adolf Hitler and Fidel Castro on a U.S. news show, insisting she's well aware they are "evil" men.
The former Danity Kane vocalist stunned viewers of The Sean Hannity Show on Monday night (31Aug09) when she called both dictators "brilliant" men.
Keen to explain her misguided comments, O'Day released a statement on Tuesday (01Sep09).
She said, "Murderers and dictators generally are some of the smartest people out there - they just use their brain power for evil purposes.
"I don't condone any of their evil behaviour, but I was asked about their intellectual firepower... and in my opinion you can't have a low IQ and wreck (sic) 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."
O'Day also used her statement to clear up reports she once met Castro in Cuba, adding, "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 (sic) Fidel Castro and his thoughts on basically everything except Cuba's relationship with the U.S... It was very interesting."