Pharrell Talks Oscar Loss, Buffalo Hat, Hillary Clinton & More in GQ
On the cover of the magazine, the 40-year old man-of-many-hats wears a bright yellow Burberry London shirt and red tie under a blue sweater, with light blue Burberry pants and Marc by Marc Jacobs shoes, which have been given the worn look.
Inside the magazine, which also serves as the Third Annual Style Bible issue, Pharrell speaks on various topics such as losing the Oscar for Best Original Song, the hat that had the internet going crazy during the Grammys, the controversy surrounding his G I R L album cover, supporting Hillary Clinton as the next president of the United States, and much more.
Take a look at a few excerpts from his Zach Barin interview as well as photos and behind the scenes video from his Paola Kudacki directed shoot below.
On losing the Oscar to Frozen:
“Well, trust me: when they read the results, my face was… frozen. But then I thought about it, and I just decided just to… let it go.”
On his infamous buffalo hat:
“Anything different, people are going to look at and go, ‘Ha ha ha ha, what is that?’ Then, after a while, they do a little bit of research; they realize it’s Vivienne Westwood, an ode to her boyfriend at the time; they had a store together called World’s End. The guy who went on to sign the Sex Pistols, Malcolm McLaren.”
On the G I R L album cover controversy:
“It doesn’t make sense to me. That kind of divisiveness is not necessary at a time when we’re supposed to be unifying. That’s what happiness is all about…I’m the most indiscriminate person that there is! I believe in equality. Black ain’t a color: black is a spirit, and it is ubiquitous. In fact, there’s more black out in space than there is stars. We have nothing to be insecure about.”
On Hillary Clinton being the next president:
“Everywhere you go in this country, you have red and blue. You got the Democrats; you got the Republicans. You got the Bloods; you got the Crips. You know what else is red and blue? Blood. Blood is blue in your body until air hits it, and then it turns red. That means there’s unity. There’s gonna be unity. Hillary’s gonna win. Listen, I’m reaching out to her right now. She’s gonna win.”
On the Tea Party:
“The Tea Party guys? The guys with the n***er jokes in 2014? They’re all trying to learn how to do the Dougie. Please. While their daughters are all twerking. Trust me: Miley tells me all the time. Not saying that about Billy Ray, but I’m saying Miley tells me all the time: all those little girls, all those girls with their Republican daddies, they’re twerkin’ somewhere listening to Jay-Z and Beyoncé and doin’ the ‘Happy’ dance. And that’s black.”