Pharrell is not “Happy” about Ferguson, in fact he’s downright “disappointed”.

By Tricia Liverpool

Pharrell is not “Happy” about Ferguson, in fact he’s downright “disappointed”.

​The US has recently seen itself at the forefront of global news for all the wrong reasons.

I am a Brit, living in Singapore, who has lived most of my adult life in Australia and Asia, yet I am all too aware of what has been unfolding in the town of Ferguson Missouri, largely in part to the overwhelming amount of coverage it is generating.

Recently Pharrell Williams, the multi award winning musician and bona fide “pop” star had a lot to say about Ferguson in a recent CNN interview. First, he launched an attack on the news channel for putting too much of the spotlight on violent protestors and not enough on the majority of protestors who remained peaceful. Then he turned the conversation to President Obama.

“The President needs to go down there,” he said sternly. “When your parents come into the room, whether it’s you or your cousin that knocked the vase down, you all stand to attention.”

Weeks after the killing of unarmed man Michael Brown in what a lot are saying was racially motivated shooting by police, Pharrell said this is far from over. “If you thought this was gonna blow over, this is gonna be the longest hangover in race relations ever,” he said. “We thought we had gotten so far.”

Pharrell who is everywhere recently thanks in part, to duets with everyone from Daft Punk to Robin Thicke, had his interview immediately uploaded to YouTube where it has been viewed and shared by millions. This comes at a time when his catchy track “Happy” has just become the most downloaded single ever in the UK, overtaking Thicke’s Blurred Lines, which Williams also produced and featured on and was the UK’s bestselling single of 2013.

What this shows is that even though the interview was on TV, thanks to social media, you can reach millions in seconds. Replace the term “public” relations with “race” relations and the pendulum has swung the wrong way in terms of the world’s reaction to what is happening in the US.

Pharrell made the comment “I’m not into politics, but I have opinions.” Given his prevelance on the world stage even as a musician, his opinions have made an impact.

Written by Tricia Liverpool

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