Above: “Gentle Giant?” Not so much, says Pharrell. ‘Black Card’ officially revoked.
by Brooke Bosca | Top Right Entertainment
He said what?
Singer Pharrell Williams is getting a lot of heat from some of his fans for describing Michael Brown’s behavior before his death at the hands of Officer Darren Wilson as “bullyish.”
Pharrell, singer of the ubiquitous mega-hit “Happy,” also said that Brown may have been “asking for trouble” prior to the fateful shooting — a real no-no among those trying to turn the late Brown into some kind of civil rights hero.
“It looked very bullyish; that in itself I had a problem with,” the award-winning artist told Ebony. “Not with the kid, but with whatever happened in his life for him to arrive at a place where that behavior is OK. Why aren’t we talking about that?”
Uh oh. Pharrell isn’t supporting the “gentle giant” narrative that Brown’s family and now the nationwide protesters have put forward.
Gee, let’s see…would you call this “bullyish”?
Check. But that won’t satisfy Michael Brown fanatics, many of whom will tell you that isn’t even Brown in the video, even though his own father admitted it.
Pharrell went further:
The boy was walking in the middle of the street when the police supposedly told him to “get the f–k on the sidewalk.” If you don’t listen to that, after just having pushed a storeowner, you’re asking for trouble.
Common-sense, right? But not to the angry race-baiters, who quickly piled on:
i'm so sad that pharrell, a man who was a big part of how i saw & loved my own blackness, turned out to be such a chump
— elite internet user (@rawiya) November 28, 2014
— Octavia Jackson (@Octavia_J83) November 26, 2014
Wow, that’s ugly.
It’s ALL about race, isn’t it?
Yep, sure is. With these folks, if you are Black, you can commit any crime because “The Man” is keeping you down.