Pharrell "Disappointed" By "G I R L" Cover Art Backlash

posted Thursday February 27 ,2014 at 04:30PM CST | 53 comments


Pharrell Williams responds to "G I R L" cover art critiques, says he hopes to change the standard of what's considered beautiful.

Upon releasing a full album stream and the cover art to his upcoming album, G I R L, Virginia singer/producer Pharrell Williams was met with a great deal of backlash on social media due to the cover art for G I R L, which features Pharrell standing beside three women clad in white bathrobes.

Those expressing their distaste with the cover art to G I R L have cited the fact that the cover does not include any women of color. In response to the cover art backlash, Pharrell expressed his disappointment before revealing that one of the women featured on the cover is in fact African-American.

“You know what really disappointed me is that, man, they jumped the gun,” Pharrell said while speaking with Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club. “Because the one I'm standing the closest to is black. She's a black girl from like Wisconsin that I used to date like over ten years ago, or twelve years ago. And it’s just that that just must suck for people to just look at something and to assume that they know what's going on. And if they just bothered to listen to my album, they would know that my album was an ode to women, period. And the one thing that I’m trying to kill…The one thing I was just trying to help and aid in changing is this crazy statuesque standard of you gotta be white, waif and thin for you to be beautiful.”

Among those who voiced their opinion on Pharrell’s G I R L cover art via Twitter were journalist dream hampton and Jamilah Lemieux, senior editor for Ebony magazine.

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Pharrell later revealed that his next single, a record titled “Marilyn Monroe,” takes note of the fact that he respects women of all colors, sizes, sexual orientation, etc.

“My next record is called ‘Marilyn Monroe’ and the chorus is, 'Not even Marilyn Monroe [or] Cleopatra please. Not even Joan of Arc, that don’t mean nothing to me. I just want a different girl,’” he said. “So, that means no matter what color you are, what size you are, what you’re into, your sexual orientation, I respect you as a woman because I know without you none of us would be here. But unfortunately they looked at the cover…I understand that plight. You know, my dad is a dark-skinned man. I understand that. I know what that is all day long. Have I lived it specifically? Yeah, I’m a black man.”

In a recent interview with GQ, Pharrell again spoke on his respect for women while discussing the title of his upcoming album.

“I instantly knew that the name of the album was called G I R L, and the reason why is because women and girls, for the most part, have just been so loyal to me and supported me...There is no breathing human being on this planet that did not benefit by a woman saying yes twice. 'Yes,' to make you, and, 'Yes,' to have you. Point-blank,” he said.

G I R L is currently scheduled for released on March 3.

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  • yesh
    This dude had people go out and find the most white looking non-white women to make a statement about how you don't have to be white to be seen as beautiful ? THE FUCK THESE BITCHES ARE ON THE COVER BECAUSE THEY LOOK WHITE . HOW DO YOU TALK ABOUT DIFFERENT FLAVORS WHEN IT'S THE SAME FLAVOR OF LOOKING WHITE . i'M STUCK BETWEEN THIS CRAP AND NIKI MINAJ LOOKING ASS NIGGA . THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH THESE SAMBOS .
  • Quin QUIn
    these incessantly bitter bitches never get tired of twisting irrelevant shit to throw black men under the bus, stop demanding arbitrary shit from black men like we owe you something. and of course the same goes for dusty ass not worth a thing niggas who call black women in interracial relationships or whatever race traitors and shit. calm the fuck down on what other people are doing and live your life.shit.
  • Rich
    Dream Hampton aka another militant mulatto is actually lighter than the chicks on the cover LOL it's obvious the women in the background aren't white, the only white chick is the red head to the left. So just because theyre lighter skinned means they arent ppl of color, which automatically places them in the white category ???? huh? that means, indian, pakistani, arab, asian etc women are all white because theyre not black??? huh?? black people are so fucking ignorant, scary ignorant, smh.
  • Anonymous
    Black man want everything the white man has lol they don't even appreciate their own culture or heritage. Some If the most self hating people there is. Why do black people accept ignorance on such a large scale? I don't understand it.
  • Doubl Negative
    Race traitors like this asshole make me physically sick. Whether or not he prefers whites to Black women doesn't concern me. The main problem is his record label would've stipulated that he had to put whites on the cover to appease middle-America, and rather than show some backbone, he capitulated like a punk. If whites can't accept our music in its purest form, they should fuck off and listen to their own people like Katy Perry. People's cultural identities are being eroded and assholes like Williams are contributing to this un-natural desire to view whites as some kind of paradigm. Can you imagine Metallica putting Sisters on their front cover?
  • billy bucks
    This is funny to me. P has had SOOOOOO much ass in his life you think he hasn't tried EVERY flavor?? And let's just say he IS into white chicks at the moment, is he not entitled? I don't know about you guy but I've gone through "taste tests" flavor of the week, month and year. Why does he have to have to have strictly black women on the cover?
  • acoop
    I actually love the Album Art, I already pre-ordered the album. People always going to find something to wine about.
  • hahahaha
    Black people are so insecure it's embarrassing...who gives a fuck. Does the black community take a hit becuz Pharrell don't have enough black chicks on his album cover? Never satisfied, if he had lightskinned chicks they'd say "where are the dark skinned ladies"...but hey, this is the concern of the black community while their neighborhoods are riddled with drugs, violence, and fatherless children.
  • Anonymous
    pherrell know what hes talking about racism wont go away till we make it not there that means u could have all white girls on a cover or all black girls on your cover and it wont raise eyes to be honest why the fuck would u get mad a this really it is pherrels choice not yours
  • Anonymous
    Man, that chick is barely black. And if you felt so strongly about it, why would you even have to point that out or respond to the criticism. The album sounds wack girl on the cover or not.
  • LD51
    Theyre ill informed. The woman Im standing closest to, she is black and shes been a friend of mine for a long time. You know, Im confused by it, the Oscar-nominee admitted. Then theyre going to ask me do I not have an Indian woman on there or a Pakistani woman on there? But meanwhile, I do. She is African American and I feel sorry for her that people will look her dead in her face like she aint black, but she is black. Its a girl I use to date years ago. - Pharell from Huff Post
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  • z
    Only a RACIST would care what color the girls on the cover are......MIND YOUR FUCKING BUSINESS....
  • Dee23
    oh no there isn't a black girl on the cover boo hoo...what a joke
    • Mr. Ceeee
      What about the G I R L on the left? She's a beauty!
  • Mr. Ceeee
    Yo, I think everyone is pissed because Skateboard P ain't showing more skin. You go G I R L! This is going be Grammy award winning HIPHOP!!!! G I R L Power! PS St. Patty's Day is coming up, don't forget to show your midget Irish homeboys some love!
    • Anonymous
      No BS!
    • Anonymous
      No, she would have been called colored. Trust me, white South Africans know the difference.
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  • Anonymous
    Why does everybody says Asian girls are hot? NO BOOBS NO ASS Not hot....
    • Don Omar
      "Why does everybody says Asian girls are hot?" Cause they are.
    • Anonymous
      ^ but they are not
  • Anonymous
    People are fuckin ignorant man. Fuck'em! Keep doin ya thing.
  • Anonymous
    People are way to fuckong sensitive. Holy shit.
  • Dave
    top 3 hottest chicks 1.brazilians 2.japanese 3.russians
    • Anonymous
      Japanese chicks have no ass and no boobs
      1 - Brazilians 2 - Brazilians 3 - Brazilians
  • Anonymous
    looking like the caramel johnny depp
  • Anonymous
    wtf pharrel is a rapper doing shit collabs with who, making pop music shitt
  • Anonymous
    First Reaction: WHO CARES. Second Reaction: Like the rest of this thread, I'm wondering how you could possibly put up an article about cover art and not include the cover art in the article.
    • stupid
      you are an idiot lol the cover art is in your face...
  • Average White Guy
    Yo my nigga Pharrell like to dip his balls in white chicks who cares!! Keep doing you P
  • WTF
    fuck this website. how can you post an article about some artwork and NOT HAVE A PICTURE OF THE FUCKING ART????? wtf
    • Anonymous
      thats exactly what i was thinking. i went and looked it up. its him and 3 white chicks.
    • geminiman7
      Word. To be honest I actually thought HHDX would do that before I clicked on the story. Not surprised. They have some idiot editors. They never learn, unfortunately.
    • HipHopDx Staff
      Hey, you morons. Unless you're blind or just totally stupid, then the cover IS RIGHT THERE IN FRONT OF YOU. LOOK AT THE ARTICLE AGAIN!!! IDIOTS