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Pharrell Says He’s No Feminist and Stumbles Over Defense of ‘Blurred Lines’

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By Andrew Scot Bolsinger

The red hot rise of “Happy” singer Pharrell Williams took some uphappy backlash over hispharrellwilliams clunky comments about feminism and lyrics that suggest viοlence against women, despite strong statements in support of women, including that he’d like see a woman president.

Pharrell Williams attempted to defend Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” saying it is impossible for a man to be a feminist, according to a story in the Atlanta Black Star.

An interviewer with the British public-service broadcaster Channel 4 asked Williams about the controversial lyrics in Thicke’s smash hιt, which featured Williams.

“I don’t know where [a man] fοrcing himself and a woman’s right to say no was ever addressed in that song,” Williams told the interviewer, Krishnan Guru-Murthy. “Is it sεxually suggestive when a car salesman says to a person who’s trying to buy a car, ‘I know you want it?’”

Guru-Murthy argued that the phrase itself is often used in a “sεxual context.”

But Williams waded deeper into the debate.

“OK, cool,” he said. “But does that make it off-limits for me to use in a song, especially when the overarching context is that there are good women who also have bad thoughts? If a good woman can have sεxual thoughts, is it wrong for a man to have a correct guess that a woman might want something?”

Williams expressed that he felt it wasn’t possible for a man to be a feminist, according to published reports.

“I’ve been asked am I a feminist,” he said. “I don’t think it’s possible for me to be that. I’m a man. It makes sense up until a certain point.”

The producer then stressed several beliefs that support women. He said that he does agree that women face serious injustices and inequalities and these problems “need to be addressed.”

He also said he wanted to see a woman run the country for a change.

“I’d love to see a woman run the country,” he added. “Historically this world has been run by a man, and what would a world be like if 75 percent of our world leaders and prime ministers were female? What would that world be like?”

He said we have no idea what a predominantly female world would be like because as a society we have been “too busy telling [women] what they can or can’t do with their bodies.”

Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates www.criminalu.co, which is focused on prison reform. He can reached at Andrew.Bolsinger@gmail.com and can be followed @CriminalUniv on Twitter.