Pharrell Williams had a fantastic year so far, but there’s one thing that might be holding him back. That small “thing” is the video and lyrical content for “Blurred Lines.” Williams is featured on the song and racy video with artist Robin Thicke. The song became an instant summer hit in 2013 thanks to Pharrell’s work on the track. Because of the popularity of the song, it became a talking piece for “rape culture” as soon as people, mostly writers, started listening to the lyrics and searching for the meaning of the “You know you want it” line.
It only took a few weeks before bloggers and journalists started to peg the song as being misogynistic in its content. For many people it portrayed how men are persistent in all the wrong ways with women, and it teaches them not to quit until the woman says yes. Even though the song is pretty general in its innuendos, the lyrics do refer to that “one thing” that aspiring Robin Thicke’s are after.
For Pharrell the argument about the song became a personal attack on his character, one that he felt the need to address. According to Williams he respects women as opposed to what’s shown going on around him in the “Blurred Lines” video.
Pharrell he claimed during an interview that most of his inspiration is due to women.
Over the public’s misconception, Pharrell said:
“My muse for it was women. I love them… because I know their importance. If women wanted to shut down this country, economically, they could just not go to work and the UK would be finished.”
Pharrell continues his thoughts on females:
”And there’s going to be a huge shift… There will be a time when women get paid as much as men. There will be a time when, like, 75 percent of our world leaders will be women.”
As for the “Blurred Lines” music video, just became he dances around naked women doesn’t mean he thinks any less of women in his day to say life:
‘Just because they had their boobs out, that was ‘sexist’. I didn’t do anything sexually suggestive to any of those women, I wouldn’t allow it.”
As for crooner Robin Thicke, that might be a different story. During an interview with Elle, Thicke bragged a bit about how his actor father, Alan Thicke, had a different woman every week and how that lead to his mature development as a teen.
“My dad was single my whole pubescent period. He had Ms. Alabama, Ms. Dominican Republic — every week. I was like, Dang, Pops. He had an indoor Jacuzzi, and he frequented it The first time I saw a naked woman was when I went to take a shower one morning before school. I was like, Who is this girl in my shower?”
At least Pharrell has cleaned up any unwarranted opinions about his relationships with women.