In the wake of NFL players and athletes taking a stand against police brutality and racism, Pharrell has joined solidarity with fellow protesters during a recent charity show.
On Sunday (Sept. 24), the super-producer performed at A Concert for Charlottesville, a show organized in opposition to the recent acts of hatred and racism displayed by white supremacists in the city. “I’m in Virginia right now. I’m home," Pharrell said to the crowd during his set. "Can’t nobody can tell me what to do if I wanted to get on my knees right now. If I wanted to get on my knees right now for the people of my city, for the people of my state. That’s what that flag is for.”
As the crowd roared for more, Pharrell responded by sending an uplifting message to concertgoers followed by a performance of his smash-hit “Happy.” “When I think about the potential of this country, the potential of this state, the potential of these people, the potential of this amazing, amazing university, there’s only one word that I feel on the inside,” he said, before jumping into song and dance.
Pharrell joins Stevie Wonder and J. Cole, who both made public statements on Sept. 24. A reported 100 NFL players also joined in taking a knee or linking arms during Sunday game day. Their protests were most recently triggered by Donald Trump’s comments about Steph Curry, Colin Kaepernick, and other athletes who opted to participate in a peaceful protest.
Check out Pharrell's powerful message below.
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