Every task I’ve done today, going to work, listening to Steve Harvey shout the words to the Grammy winners feel good song, Happy, scrolling through Instagram, seeing people post pictures of Pharrell’s new album and how much they were enjoying it, and even on Facebook, where I joined a debate on this very topic…Pharrell has been on my mind all day. So when I saw the response to his album cover, I had to say something. Now the debate on Facebook stemmed from a post from the blog, For Harriet, a blog dedicated to expressing the lives of Black women. “I immediately noticed the absence of any “girls” with dark skin,” the writer explains. Now I won’t go deep into my views because we would be here for a while, but I completely disagree. And I didn’t know exactly how to put it into words and then I read Pharrell’s response to all the hate and it was perfect.
During an interview with The Breakfast Show, a radio talk show, Pharrell discussed his disappointment for the criticism, revealing to the show that although she may not appear to be, one of the women in the picture is in fact a Black woman (woman pictured in the middle). He also expressed that his new album GIRL (March 3) “is an ode to women, period.” In fact, his next single, Marilyn Monroe “means no matter what color, size, sexual orientation you are, I respect you as a woman because I know without you, none of us would be here,” the entertainer explains. He also raises the question of what is considered Black enough? Questioning if Barack Obama, Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet are “black enough.”
Tell us what you think? Should Pharrell have added a woman with dark skin to the cover? Or are we being too critical. Let’s discuss!
You can listen to the full interview with Pharrell below: