Pharrell Williams on Feminism: 'There Are Inequalities That Need to Be Addressed'

The singer said he supports feminists, but doesn't call himself one.

Posted: 06/03/2014 11:43 AM EDT
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When G I R L was released earlier this year, Pharrell Williams received backlash over his album's cover because there were no women of color in the photo. He was also spurred to defend his involvement in Robin Thicke's hit track "Blurred Lines" because many believed the lyrics were misogynistic. In a recent interview with Channel 4 News in the United Kingdom, the singer-producer said despite the criticisms, he's quite the supporter of women's rights, but that he wouldn't call himself a feminist.

"I've been asked, am I a feminist? I don't think it's possible for me to be that. I'm a man," he said. "It makes sense up until a certain point. But what I do is — I do support feminists. I do think there's injustices. There are inequalities that need to be addressed."

He also repeated his long-standing support for a Hillary Clinton presidency in 2016.

"I'd love to see a woman run the country. Historically, this world has been run by a man, and what would a world be like if 75 percent of our world leaders and prime ministers were female? What would that world be like? We do not know because we haven't given it a shot. We're too busy telling them what they can or can't do with their bodies."


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