‘Happy’ singer Pharrell Williams is a major figure in the black industry. He recently caused a heated discussion when he called Brown’s behaviour ‘bully-ish’. In the lead up to his death on August 9th, Micheal Brown was caught on CCTV stealing from a local shop, and intimidating the shop owner when they attempt to stop him.
He argues that this in no way condones the boy’s death, but he feels like this fact is being ignored and overlooked in the national discussion of the shooting and that people are forgetting that Brown was a criminal.
‘It looked very bully-ish; that in itself I had a problem with,’ Pharrell told Ebony magazine. ‘Not with the kid, but with whatever happened in his life for him to arrive at a place where that behavior is OK. Why aren’t we talking about that?’
‘The boy was walking in the middle of the street when the police supposedly told him to “get the f*** on the sidewalk.” If you don’t listen to that, after just having pushed a storeowner, you’re asking for trouble,’ he added.
Pharrell did however say that Brown’s behavior in the convenience store did not in any way warrant his death, and that he believes Officer Wilson should have been charged.
Predictably, people were unhappy with this opinion. One angry twitter fan (@nurserycrimes) said this statement translated as ‘the ultimate revocation of his black card’ and many other Twitter users chimed in to berate him.
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