Pharrell Williams isn't very Happy about the Twitter fury his album cover ignited. He's not mad, either, but he's disappointed.
If you haven't seen the cover of GIRL by now, it shows him and three women in bathrobes and sunglasses. None of the women are black, disgruntled fans pointed out.
In an interview with The Breakfast Club, a radio talk show, the Grammy winner points out that the woman standing closest to him is, in fact, black. "What really disappointed me is that, man, they jumped the gun," he said in the interview. "She's a black girl from Wisconsin I used to date over 10 years ago, maybe 12 years ago."
Had haters bothered to listen to the music first, they'd have known that GIRL (out March 3) "is an ode to women, period." For example, his next single, Marilyn Monroe "means that no matter what color, size, sexual orientation you are, I respect you as a woman because I know without you, none of us would be here," he says.
That the black woman on the album cover is light skinned adds to his confusion. What is the definition of black, then? "What is this conversation? Is our president not black? Is Lenny Kravitz not one of the greatest living rock legends? What are we talking about, here?" he asks. "Is Lisa Bonet in or out?"
"My mom is a black woman and is a huge part of my business," he says. "My business is run by another black woman and I'm married to a black woman. What are you talking about?"
Here's the full interview: