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    Pharrell Williams Finally Spoke Out About The "Blurred Lines" Backlash

    "My mind opened up to what was actually being said in the song and how it could make someone feel."

    This month, GQ launched its inaugural "New Masculinity" issue. The first cover star is none other than Pharrell Williams.


    In a letter from GQ editor Will Welch, he stated this about the new issue: "...[it's] an exploration of the ways that traditional notions of masculinity are being challenged, overturned, and evolved."

    In an interview with Welch, Pharrell opened up about his infamous collab with Robin Thicke and T.I.


    Legal issues aside, this song is, in a word, problematic.

    Pharrell started off talking about how he was born in a "different era" and how a lot of the things he grew up with would "never fly today."

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    Which brings us to him talking about "Blurred Lines" and how he "would never write or sing it today."


    "I get embarrassed by some of that stuff. It just took a lot of time and growth to get to that place."

    Pharrell said the reaction to "Blurred Lines" opened him up to what is now known as the #MeToo movement.


    "I didn't get it at first," he said. "Lyrically, I was, like, 'What are you talking about?' There are women who really like the song and connect to the energy that just gets you up. And I know you want it—women sing those kinds of lyrics all the time. So it's like, 'What's rapey about that?'"

    "And then I realized that there are men who use that same language when taking advantage of a woman."


    "...It doesn't matter that that's not my behavior. Or the way I think about things. It just matters how it affects women. And I was like, 'Got it. I get it. Cool.'"

    "My mind opened up to what was actually being said in the song and how it could make someone feel."

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    "Even though it wasn't the majority [of people who thought this way], it didn't matter. I cared what they were feeling, too. I realized that we live in a chauvinist culture in our country. Hadn't realized that [before]. Didn't realize that some of my songs catered to that."

    Don’t get me wrong: the song is BAD. But, I respect Pharrell for coming out — on the record — and saying that a piece of work he made had a negative impact.

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    So, shoutout to Pharrell for opening his eyes to toxic masculinity and doing his part in the fight against it.

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    You can read the rest of Pharrell's interview in GQ's "New Masculinity" issue here.