So You’re Mad About Pharrell’s G I R L Album Cover, Now What? [Editorial]
Black women have a long history of being “left behind” so to speak, by the media at large. We are looked at as sexual objects, praised for our butts and not our brains, and stereotyped as being argumentative. Such treatment evoke the feelings of neglect that I believe contributes to the lowering of the Black esteem as a whole, something that started long before Pharrell released this album cover — but that’s not the issue here.
This particular uproar is clearly another lazy Twitter protest that will bring about nothing more than an “I didn’t mean to offend” comment from Pharrell. If P even bothers to respond, his words should be enough to make a Twitter protester feel like they actually accomplished something because let’s face it , this entire “anti-Pharrell” fight is ego based, as most arguments are.
If Pharrell had put a Black woman on the cover, a feminist argument still would’ve been raised –and probably still will– because the girls either look like they’re headed to a steam room, or a
threesome foursome (maybe, both?).
Being a Black man doesn’t mean that he has a personable responsibility to every Black woman, and must use his platform specifically for the purpose of uplifting us (yes, I’m Black. Surprise!).
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