Pharrell Willams is speaking out again after he caught some major flack a few weeks ago over the cover of his new album G I R L. Pharrell was photographed standing next to 3 women, none of which really looked African American. Well, tons of black women called Pharrell out about it and he feels the shade was complete unnecessary.
Pharrell recently told GQ that black women need to stop being so insecure about things :
“You don’t gotta be waif, white, and thin to be beautiful. You can be anything that you want to be, and what I chose to do is put my friends on the cover. The girl that was closest next to me is black, but they didn’t know that, so they jumped the gun.”
He then took it further:
“It’s insecurity. If you love who you are—and I’m not saying that there’s not a plight out there for people who have different skin colors, because Mexicans go through just as much discrimination, if not more discrimination, than black people do in this country. Right?”
Pharrell admitted to the mag that it wasn’t just black women who came for him, but women from all backgrounds. However, he says it’s not his responsibility to “represent” and that black women need to get over that mentality,
“There were a lot of black women that were really angry at some of those girls, but some of those girls are the ones that instantly get mad when they don’t see somebody that’s dark. And it’s like: ‘Yo, you don’t need nobody to represent you. You represent you. You represent the best version of who you could be.
You go out there and change the world.’ Because I’m black, and I wouldn’t trade my skin color for nothing. But I don’t need to keep wearing a badge that tells you that I’m black every time I do something! I’m black! My mother’s black, who’s a big part of my business; a black woman runs my business; and I’m married to a black woman. What more do you want?”
Hmm. Do you agree with Pharrell?