May 29, 2014
Pharrell Tries (Miserably) to Defend “Blurred Lines”
In a recent interview with U.K. Channel 4’s Krishnan Guru-Murthy, universally loved singer Pharrell Williams discussed feminism and his controversial Robin Thicke song, “Blurred Lines,” which sparked massive discourse about its misogynistic support of rape culture—the hit is currently banned by 20 U.K. student unions. After getting preachy about how it’s about time we have more women leaders in the world, Pharrell explained why a man can never truly be a feminist. “It makes sense up to a certain point,” he said, giving an inadvertent disclaimer for his shaky theories on the sexual aggressiveness of “Blurred Lines.” “I don’t know where the forcing himself and the women’s right to say 'no' was addressed in that song,” he started. “Is it sexually suggestive when a car salesman says to a person who is trying to buy a car ‘I know you want it’?” But Pharrell, a car salesman isn’t usually surrounded by dancing naked models. “That line was meant for women to hear that song and say, you know what? I’m a good woman and sometimes I do have bad thoughts,” he mansplained. Most recently Pharrell opened a new art exhibition in Paris, which is designed to engage with gender and its standing in the art world. The exhibit includes photographs by world-famous sexual predator Terry Richardson. Perhaps Pharrell should take a tip from Beyoncé and listen to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TEDx talk for some feminist enlightenment.