The always eclectic Pharrell Williams pissed off a lot of black woman when he released his new album cover last week.
His second solo release is slated to be in stores on March 3, but it looks like G I R L is missing someone important or so we thought.
The soon to be 41 year-old chatted with Power 105.1′s ‘The Breakfast Club’ on Thursday (February 27) about the controversy and says a black woman is represented and he’s standing right next to her! Interesting..
Check out a snippets of his comments, as well as the full audio below:
What really disappointed me is they jumped the gun, because the one I’m standing closest to is black. She’s a black girl from Wisconsin that I used to date over ten years ago or maybe like twelve years ago.
That just must suck for people to just look at something and to assume that they know what’s going on. And if they just bothered to listen to my album, they would know that my album is just an ode to women period. And the one thing I was just trying to help and aid in changing is that crazy statuesque standard of you gotta be white, **** and thin for you to be beautiful.
…What is this conversation? So is my President not black? Is Lenny Kravitz not one of our greatest rockers? I mean what are we talking about? Is Lisa Bonet in or out? … And I’m not mad because I understand that plight. My dad is a dark skin man.. Have I lived it specifically? Yeah I’m a black man… Of course I’m doing this for us. What are you talking about man? My mom is a black woman that is a huge part of my business. My business is run by another black woman and I’m married to a black woman. What are you talking about?
Blah blah blah! If you take a listen to his full answer below, he contradicts himself numerous times. If you want to reach all women, why not have ALL women represented? The women on the cover represent Westernized standards of beauty and that’s the truth. Not to mention, I’m a woman and I listened to his album on iTunes radio and it wasn’t all that. I only liked the song “Happy”..
Just keep it real Pharrell and say “That’s the cover I chose. Deal with it.” All this “extraness” is not needed because it isn’t genuine. Furthermore, he is only pandering to women because everyone knows that we are the only ones who spend real money on music. It’s a business y’all! The only color he is checking for is that green!