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    Posted: Feb 28 2014 at 5:50pm

Pharrell Williams is addressing the backlash he’s received because of the cover of his new album  G I R L for not featuring any black women. Williams appeared on NYC’s 105.1′s Breakfast Club and spoke with Charlemagne.

Williams was quick to point out that one of the women on the cover is actually black.

Check out Williams’ comments 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 man for people to look at something and to assume they know what’s going on. If they just bothered to listen to my album, they would know that my album was an ode to women, period. And the one thing that I’m trying to kill…well I can’t kill anything…but the one thing I was just trying to help and aid in changing the crazy statuesque standard of you gotta be white, waif, and thin for you to be beautiful.

Williams also discussed his song “Marilyn Monroe”:

My next record is called “Marilyn Monroe” and the chorus is, ‘Not even Marilyn Monroe who Cleopatra pleased, Not even Joan of Arc, That don’t mean nothing to me, I just want a different girl.’

So that means no matter what color you are, what size you are, what you’re into, your sexual orientation, I respect you as a woman because I know without you, none of us would be here. But unfortunately, they looked at the cover & they didn’t see what they felt like — I don’t know what the definition is. That she’s a light-skinned black woman. But I mean, what is the conversation? So is our president not black? Is Lenny Kravitz not one of our greatest? What are we talking about? Is Lisa Bonét in or out?

I’m not mad because I understand. I understand that plight. My dad is a dark-skinned man. I understand that, I know what that is all day long. Have I lived it specifically? Yeah, I’m a black man.

They just reported I was the first black person to go number one on pop radio since Rihanna, but then you’re gonna shoot at me? What do you mean? I’m gonna turn 41 in April. Of course I’m doing this for us. What are you talking about, man?

My mom is a black woman who 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?

Charlemagne then makes a joke about including a dark skinned woman like Gabourey Sidibe in his next video to make people happy.

I refuse. My whole album is about women — period. There’s such a bigger statement that I’m making in the album that relates to all women and that’s how I think we bring everyone together is when we respect the female species across the board. I’m not telling you my album don’t have no slick, perverse things. That’s what I do sometimes!  I like curves I like eyes, beauty, body, all that stuff. But there are some real, true, keystone points about how I feel about women as it pertains to humanity, the social imbalance, how they don’t get paid as much as men do. Or like how these legislatures are trying to tell women what they can and can’t do with their body. Meanwhile, these same people are beneficiaries to a woman. Not a man, but a woman agreeing to have them, but you’re going to tell them when they can and can’t do it. It just bothers me because they’re missing the point.

Pharrell ended the conversation in regards to the black woman on the cover:

Man, it must suck to be that black woman that’s on my cover right now because she’s black. When they find out that she is black, then what? Then we’re arguing amongst ourselves within color. Then the argument’s going to be she’s not brown enough. Then my question to you is, are y’all asking me do I have an Indian person on the cover? Why aren’t you asking about a Pakistani person? A Middle Eastern person on the cover. I just…MAN! What are we talking about? We’re making huge strides here. Let’s unify, dude. ‘Cause honestly, if you know anything about me, if you’ve seen any of my videos, you seen any of the girls I’ve ever dated, you know I like ‘em all.. You would know that.

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That album ain't for us.

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I really have no words to describe how astoundingly ignorant and lost this "colorblind" generation is... no words
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Btw,

"Colorblind" is just a code word for anti-Black/anti-all Black
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wow... talk about reaching. this album is hot fiya, tho.
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The two girls in the middle look exactly alike.
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Pharrell has an irritating voice after more than one spin.  He knows exactly what people meant by black...that chick is the same color as the white girls and her hair is not a celebration of multi-cultural women, otherwise she would at least be kinky and curly.  I hate when ppl are deliberately obtuse when they're confronted on racial things.  
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I can't say how much I dislike this guy and guys like him

This is the go-to argument that Black men use to shut down any credible frustrations that dark Black women have regarding colorism

Gabby S. is always used because her humanity is a joke to damn near everybody, even some Black women. What a way to shut us up

Meanwhile, Phailrrell turns the argument back on Black women for not concerning ourselves with the plight of "Middle Eastern women" and how we're "missing the point"... wait what?

Originally posted by Alias_Avi Alias_Avi wrote:


Charlemagne then makes a joke about including a dark skinned woman like Gabourey Sidibe in his next video to make people happy.

I refuse. My whole album is about women — period. There’s such a bigger statement that I’m making in the album that relates to all women and that’s how I think we bring everyone together is when we respect the female species across the board. I’m not telling you my album don’t have no slick, perverse things. That’s what I do sometimes!  I like curves I like eyes, beauty, body, all that stuff. But there are some real, true, keystone points about how I feel about women as it pertains to humanity, the social imbalance, how they don’t get paid as much as men do. Or like how these legislatures are trying to tell women what they can and can’t do with their body. Meanwhile, these same people are beneficiaries to a woman. Not a man, but a woman agreeing to have them, but you’re going to tell them when they can and can’t do it. It just bothers me because they’re missing the point.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (2) Thanks(2)   Quote OoDles O Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb 28 2014 at 7:03pm
Dang Alias.
He doesn't get any points for marrying black though?
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