Monday, April 14, 2014

My memory isn't blurred

Pharrell Williams is suddenly adorable. Nominated for an Oscar for 2014's feel-good song "Happy" from the children's movie Despicable Me 2. Newly married to his long-time girlfriend. A proud papa to son Rocket. A philanthropist who willingly auctioned off his famous Grammy hat for charity.


The thing of it is, last year he was one of the fully-clothed strutters surrounded by nude women in Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" video. He sang on that ode to "no doesn't always mean no" and shares a writing and producing credit. So every time I see him, my skin crawls a little.

Mr. Williams says that not only do my lying eyes deceive me, so do my lying ears, and that when I hear lyrics about giving the girl "something big enough to split her a** in two" after getting her high whatever it is that they got from Jamaica, the stuff that "always works from Dakota to Decatur," it's not sexist.

"People who are agitated just want to be mad, and I accept their opinion. I appreciate everything “Blurred Lines” became."

I get it. I'm just a humorless feminist. So pardon me if I don't melt at the clip of him welling up as he and Oprah watching children sing "Happy." His attitude about how men and women should regard and treat one another doesn't leave me happy at all.


  1. We'll see if his attitude stays the same when he has a daughter. Since apparently it applies to his wife and mother.

  2. Yeah, I hear you.

    I didn't melt(even though I reposted the clip on FB) but I do like the song "Happy". it brings me joy.

    Would have preferred he not be involved with that Robin Thicke song, for sure.

  3. I did not know he was in the Robin Thicke production.

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  5. Make no mistake -- Mr. Williams didn't merely sing harmonies on "Blurred Lines." He cowrote the thing. He produced it. He danced with a lascivious grin in BOTH versions of the controversial video. And he did press apologizing for/defending it.

    He was a much bigger part of "Blurred Lines" than Quincy Jones was of "Thriller." There's no way to minimize Williams' role in its success, or its toxicity.