Pharrell Williams can be considered man of the year (so far), thanks to multiple production credits on the summer's biggest bangers but with great talent, also comes controversy.
Featuring topless models prancing around, Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" visual co-starring producer Skateboard P and rapper T.I. raised a few complaints from women's rights groups. Both Thicke and director Diane Martel have defended the video, even releasing a suitable-for-work version, but in a recent Q&A with Rolling Stone, the N.E.R.D. beatsmith also offered his two cents.
“We were trying to make a moving version of a page in Vogue, where you might see a woman’s breast,” Williams explained. “The body isn’t meant to be objectified. I know the video has caused some controversy, but my admiration for women supersedes anything I could ever say. We all come through the conduit of the bodies of beautiful women.”
Read the full story here and dance along to the PG-13 version of the visual below.—Andrew Asare