Pharrell Williams Will Be Happy To See A Female President In 2016

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This is the exact same face we made when we read those words! Artist extraordinaire and music producer Pharrell Williams recently admitted to GQ magazine some pretty awesome things: 1, that he wants to see a female president in 2016, and 2, his definition of beauty has to do with individuality, not being waif thin.

Yes we know he was in the ‘Blurred Lines’ music video with Robin Thicke and T.I, but we aren’t a website dedicated to lamenting the things people do wrong, as there are plenty of think pieces out there who do that expertly and intelligently. We are all about promoting positive messages, and that is definitely something Pharrell has given.

During the interview, GQ brought up the controversy about his G.I.R.L album cover and how the press came down hard on him for not being more ethnically diverse in his casting choices.

And by the way, the album isn’t a statement on feminism or an excuse to exploit female sexuality (although after watching ‘Blurred Lines’ you can be excused for possibly thinking that), Pharrell says it is a celebration of women in general, and the women in his life.

But the race accusations bugged him and here’s what he had to say about it:

“It’s insecurity. If you love who you are—and I’m not saying that there’s not a plight out there for people who have different skin colors, because Mexicans go through just as much discrimination, if not more discrimination, than black people do in this country. Right?”

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“The girl that was closest next to me is black, but they didn’t know that, so they jumped the gun. And it wasn’t all black women. There were a lot of black women that were really angry at some of those girls, but some of those girls are the ones that instantly get mad when they don’t see somebody that’s dark. And it’s like: ‘Yo, you don’t need nobody to represent you. You represent you. You represent the best version of who you could be. You go out there and change the world.’ ”

Here’s what he had to say about about beauty:

“That which makes you different is what makes you special. You don’t gotta be waif, white, and thin to be beautiful. You can be anything that you want to be, and what I chose to do is put my friends on the cover.”

“My mother’s black, who’s a big part of my business; a black woman runs my business; and I’m married to a black woman. What more do you want?” says the 40 year old, who is sick of the media making race an excuse to bring down what someone is trying to put out there as positive.

He makes an interesting point about it coming from a place of insecurity. When ANYTHING comes from a place of insecurity it cannot be positive.

“I’m a black man. I’m happy to be black, and anybody that is not happy to be black will point around and ask for that kind of sympathy. But the thing is, let’s not ask nobody for no more sympathy. Let’s get together ourselves and support ourselves. It doesn’t make sense to me. That kind of divisiveness is not necessary at a time when we’re supposed to be unifying. That’s what happiness is all about…We have nothing to be insecure about.”

Yes and Amen! Thank you Pharrell for talking about support, because that is something we as women should be experts on, rather than aliens of. When we support each other, those insecurities don’t have a breeding ground to exist.

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Speaking of support, when it comes to the U.S. presidential race in 2016, Mr. Williams already has his sights set on Hillary. Even though the former Secretary of State hasn’t officially made an announcement whether she will be running or not, Pharrell will be voting for her!

“We’re about to have a female president. Let me tell you why Hillary’s going to win. Everywhere you go in this country, you have red and blue. You got the Democrats; you got the Republicans. You got the Bloods; you got the Crips. Everything is red and blue in this country. You know what else is red and blue? Blood. Blood is blue in your body until air hits it, and then it turns red. That means there’s unity. There’s gonna be unity.”

He goes on to say why he thinks more women in leadership positions around the world would change for the better.

“When you think about a night where there’s late-night talk-show hosts and it’s mostly women, that’s a different world. Right? A world where seventy-five percent of the prime ministers and the presidents were women: That’s a different world. That’s gonna happen, and it’s gonna happen when Hillary wins. Because you know what? No matter how staunch of a supporter you are of no-abortion, whatever you are: You’re a woman, and there’s no way in the world you’re going to vote for somebody that’s going to try to tell you what to do with your body.”

Whoa, for a man to recognize that having a woman in power transcends personal choices and political affiliations, that’s pretty epic and is worth acknowledging.

“…We’ve had a space station that’s been orbiting our planet for sixteen years—but we still got legislation trying to tell women what to do with their bodies? Hillary’s gonna win. I know what Hillary represents: She represents a woman in power, and she did great as the Secretary of State. She’s gonna win.”

If more men thought the way Pharrell did about women in power, perhaps we as a gender would be less afraid of fighting for those positions in fear of being pigeon-holed by the media and the masses. We agree with Pharrell that more women in power would change things drastically, just like Paris, France electing a female mayor for the first time sends an important symbolic message to its citizens about gender equality.

There’s only one thing that Pharrell’s words make us feel: happy!

 

18 Comments

  1. cheryldelp says:

    I think there are far more people out there that think the way Pharrell Williams does than we think. I do get really tired of this race “card” always being played tho. We need to be happy about all races (men and women) who succeed or at least try hard. Only when we see a person not a color or race will we have gained equality. The golden rule and kindness need to be practiced more.

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