Skateboard P unveiled his album cover last week. On the cover is the R&B singer/producer in a bath robe with three light skinned girls.
Social media and critics slammed Pharrell for using three white girls and no black girl on the cover — as a black artist. At the Breakfast Club show, Pharrell took time to address the controversy; there’s a black girl on the cover.
“What really disappointed me is they jumped the gun, because the one I’m standing closest to is black. She’s a black girl from Wisconsin that I used to date over 10 years ago. Maybe 12 years ago. That just must suck man for people to look at something and to assume they know what’s going on. If they just bothered to listen to my album, they would know that my album was an ode to women, period.
I was trying to aid in changing the crazy statuesque standard of you gotta be white, waif, and thin for you to be beautiful. It must suck to be that black woman that’s on my cover right now because she’s black. When they find out that she is black, then what?
Then we’re arguing amongst ourselves within colour. Then the argument’s going to be she’s not brown enough. Then my question to you is, are y’all asking me do I have an Indian person on the cover? Why aren’t you asking about a Pakistani person? A Middle Eastern person on the cover.
What are we talking about? We’re making huge strides here. Let’s unify, dude. ‘Cause honestly, if you know anything about me, if you’ve seen any of my videos, you seen any of the girls I’ve ever dated, you know I like ‘em all.. You would know that.”
By Siphesihle Shaun Sekoati
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