Can you be a male feminist? According to Pharrell Williams the answer is no.
The “Happy” singer shared his views on the empowerment of women during a recent interview with the UK’s Channel 4 News. When asked about his association with feminism, he said it has an inherent limit.
“I’ve been asked, am I a feminist? I don’t think it’s possible for me to be that” he said. “I’m a man.”
Although he didn’t give himself the label, the maga-producer added that he does support the movement. “It makes sense up until a certain point. But what I do is—I do support feminists,” he explained. “I do think there’s injustices. There are inequalities that need to be addressed.”
The conversation started when interviewer Krishnan Guru-Murthy asked about his controversial hit with Robin Thicke, “Blurred Lines.” The Grammy-nominated song was criticized for having “rapey” lyrics, for example chorus line “I know you want it.”
“Okay cool. 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 sexual thoughts, is it wrong for a man to have a correct guess that a woman might want something,” he argued.
Pharrell, who has been very open about his love for women and equality, went on to say that he wants Hillary Clinton to win the Oval Office in 2016. “I’d love to see a woman run the country. 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? We do not know because we haven’t given it a shot. We’re too busy telling them what they can or can’t do with their bodies.” (At least he managed to say something right!)
Check out the full interview below and share you thoughts on Pharrell’s idea of feminism, below.
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