Pharrell has refused to turn his back on Kanye West at a time when the black community is pushing to cancel the rapper-designer.
“We have to love our brother, regardless. We might not agree with him, but we can’t stand by and watch anything happen to him, because he’s our brother. And we’ve gotta pay attention to the symbolism of what’s happening, you know? That’s our brother,” said Pharrell who recently warned Trump to stop using his music. Adding, “Never have we ever, in history, have we ever witnessed a staple in the community be utilized in that way. In that kind of way, with that kind of real impression. So I look at the symbolism of that and I say, man, that’s our brother. We don’t want to abandon him because we fundamentally disagree. We care about his well-being.”
Pharrell clarified that he doesn’t agree with Kanye’s politics no matter what, however, noted that the community shouldn’t give up on him at this time.
“I’m not siding with him at all. I said that’s our brother and we can’t give up on him,” he said. “I’m not siding with him in any of that. What I’m looking at is his DNA. He’s our brother, he’s human. You know what I’m saying? That’s what it really boils down to. At the end of the day man, like, you gotta understand that even when there is division, we’re still one.”
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