Zach Braff Calls Pharrell Williams A ‘Monkey’, Apologizes After Twitter Controversy

Yikes! Zach Braff is dealing with a ton of backlash after comparing Pharrell Williams to a monkey. Apparently, Braff wasn’t exactly thinking when he was tweeting during Sunday’s Grammy awards.

During Pharrell Williams’ performance of the song “Happy,” which saw the performer in a bellhop outfit, Braff decided to send out the tweet that caused massive controversy.

Braff shared a photo comparison of the CGI monkey he played in Oz: The Great And Powerful, next to a picture of Pharrell singing at the Grammys. Although Braff’s character did wear a bellhop uniform in the film, it’s still considered extremely racist and very insensitive to even make the comparison.

In the now deleted tweet, Braff said, “Grammys are time-delayed in LA (?!) but someone just sent me this: #IWoreItBetter.”

We don’t know who sent him “this,” but Elite Daily also tweeted out a similar comparison.

When you let the dumbest intern in the office do the live tweeting for the night pic.twitter.com/weZ1ez1qez — Sara Benincasa (@SaraJBenincasa) February 9, 2015

When Zach Braff decided to share the picture showing off the “resemblance,” Twitter exploded in rage.

Braff took his apology to Twitter after he deleted his insensitive tweet, simply stating, “I love Pharrell. I thought the outfit he wore was similar to that of my bell hop outfit in Oz. I apologize.”

Will the internet forgive Zach for making such an error? There seems to be some hope.

What do you think? Should Zach be forgiven?

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