Pharrell Talks Oscars Snub, Hillary Clinton For President And Definition Of ‘Happiness’


/ March 25, 2014

Pharrell is the most sought after man in Hollywood and beyond. From his “Happy” ways to grabbing up Grammys and Oscar nods, it’s almost hard to envision this guy having any losses. Yet, for his latest interview in GQ, the 41-year-old music maker reflects on being “lost” in the industry for a long time and what true happiness means to him. The 2014 cover star also discusses that Frozen song, that crazy hat, why that G I R L album cover controversy is silly, and why Hillary Clinton got next. Peruse some highlights below.

You were nominated for an Oscar that night, but didn’t win. How badly did you want it?
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. (VIBE Note: See what he did there.)

The Arby’s jokes or the park ranger jokes or whatever—are they funny to you?
They said the same things to me fifteen years ago about trucker hats. Remember: trucker hats at a moment in time when people were wearing throwback jerseys. I was aware of it.

So not that funny?
I mean, it just goes with the territory. 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.

Does that make you want to retire the hat?
No, I’m having too much fun.

But we didn’t have a black president ten years ago.
No. And by the way: We’re about to have a female president. Hillary’s gonna win.

You think so?
Let me tell you why Hillary’s going to win. 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. Everything is red and blue in this country. 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. So when you think about a night where there’s late-night talk-show hosts and it’s mostly women, that’s a different world. Right? A world where seventy-five percent of the prime ministers and the presidents were women: That’s a different world. That’s gonna happen, and it’s gonna happen when Hillary wins. Because you know what? No matter how staunch of a supporter you are of no-abortion, whatever you are: You’re a woman, and there’s no way in the world you’re going to vote for somebody that’s going to try to tell you what to do with your body. When we are a country and we are a species that has had a martian Rover traveling up and down the crevices of this planet looking for water and ice, okay, and we’ve had a space station that’s been orbiting our planet for sixteen years—but we still got legislation trying to tell women what to do with their bodies? Hillary’s gonna win. Listen, I’m reaching out to her right now. She’s gonna win.

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