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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1. Pharrell Williams Is Winning!
Pharrell owned the radio in 2013 with his appearance on Daft Punk’s song-of-the-summer “Get Lucky,” Robin Thicke’s chart killer “Blurred Lines,” and his own I-can’t-get-it-out-of-my-head hit “Happy.” Although he enjoyed mega success last year, it has nothing on the complete music, fashion and television domination he’s experiencing in 2014.
2. 'The Voice' Taps A New Coach
NBC was “Happy” to announce that Pharrell will join the singing competition show as a coach on the upcoming season, replacing popular judge and “The Voice” original Cee-Lo Green. "Okay, we can OFFICIALLY say it! WE ARE SO #HAPPY to announce PHARRELL WILLIAMS = #NewVoiceCoach for SEASON 7," the network tweeted.
3. Adidas Gets Lucky
Pharrell’s winning ways continued with his new Adidas partnership. The fashion mogul signed on to design a line of apparel and sneakers for the brand, set to release this coming summer. “It’s an amazing opportunity to work with creative people who understand where I’m coming from and respect my taste while having access to great technology and an amazing brand history,” he said. http://bit.ly/1hulKgS
4. A Star-Studded Oscar Perfomance
The Virginia Beach native was not only was nominated for Best Original Song at this year’s Academy Awards, he took to the stage with a stellar performance of his massive hit “Happy.” He even initiated an impromptu little boogie with Lupita Nyong’o!
5. ‘Happy' Continues Global Domination
With over a million copies sold, this chart-topping anthem has dominated the Billboard Hot 100 and charts in 23 other countries. In a recent interview with GQ, Pharrell said all of his new music has a purpose. “I didn't know what happiness was,” he said of material on his first album 2006’s “In My Mind.” “My definition of happiness was based on what my peers quantified as happiness: boats—you know, material stuff.”
6. He's Hot With Or Without His Famous Friends
After nearly 10 years of producing songs for others artists as Beyonce, Jay Z and Justin Timberlake, the mega producer finally dropped his second studio album, titled "G I R L." Billboard described it as “a relentlessly positive and unselfconsciously joyful tour de force.” http://bit.ly/1i9oM89
7. His Grammy-Winning Formula
Pha-real, as Jay Z likes to call him, took home four Grammy awards at this year’s ceremony. His biggest award, Producer of the Year, confirmed what we already knew.
8. He Doesn’t Look A Day Past 30
With this skin, perfect hairline and smile, it’s hard to believe that Pharrell is 40 years old! The man doesn’t age!
9. Who Doesn't Love A Trendsetter?
Why follow trends when you can make one? That’s Pharrell’s motto. He pioneered the buffalo hat and we can’t wait to see what new look he debuts next.
10. Happy Wife, Happy Life
Pharrell and his model wife Helen Lasichanh tied the knot in 2013, and this year looks like one big honeymoon for the happy couple. They are side-by-side at every red carpet event, including the Oscars and Grammy Awards. The lovebirds also have a 5-year-old son, named Rocket Man Williams.