October 15, 2019

In this month's issue of GQ Pharrell chimes in on "Toxic Masculinity" and examines his own role contributing to it in the past with his music. 
Below is an excerpt from the article: 


When did things shift for you? As you said, it's not the masculinity that's new, it's the conversation. Which really kicked off with #MeToo. Was your awakening related to that timetable?

No. I think “Blurred Lines” opened me up. I didn't get it at first. Because there were older white women who, when that song came on, they would behave in some of the most surprising ways ever. And I would be like, wow. They would have me blushing. So when there started to be an issue with it, lyrically, I was, like, What are you talking about? There are women who really like the song and connect to the energy that just gets you up. And I know you want it—women sing those kinds of lyrics all the time. So it's like, What's rapey about that?

And then I realized that there are men who use that same language when taking advantage of a woman, and it doesn't matter that that's not my behavior. Or the way I think about things. It just matters how it affects women. And I was like, Got it. I get it. Cool. My mind opened up to what was actually being said in the song and how it could make someone feel. Even though it wasn't the majority, it didn't matter. I cared what they were feeling too. I realized that we live in a chauvinist culture in our country. Hadn't realized that. Didn't realize that some of my songs catered to that. So that blew my mind. 

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I don't know about you, but for me "Blurred Lines" was ... actually, STILL IS a jam. And even though I PERSONALLY didn't take offense, I could see how others might. 
How do you feel about a new look on old favorites? 


Click HERE for the full article