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Singer Pharrell Williams sets off firestorm after saying Michael Brown was asking for trouble

November 27, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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Singer Pharrell Williams spoke out about the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri saying he is ‘troubled’ that the grand jury decided not to indict the white police officer responsible.

However, the singer, songwriter and producer also touched off a firestorm when he called Brown’s behavior leading up to the fatal shooting on August 9th ‘bully-ish’.

Prior to his death, Brown was caught on a surveillance camera stealing from a convenience store in Ferguson, Missouri, and using his size to intimidate the shop owner.

Image courtesy of dailymail.co.uk

Image courtesy of dailymail.co.uk

Pharrell did say that was no excuse for Officer Darren Wilson shoot dead the unarmed teen, but he thinks Brown’s actions are being overlooked in the national discussion about the tragedy.

In an interview with Ebony magazine, Pharrell said, ‘It looked very bully-ish; that in itself I had a problem with, Not with the kid, but with whatever happened in his life for him to arrive at a place where that behavior is OK. Why aren’t we talking about that?’

‘The boy was walking in the middle of the street when the police supposedly told him to “get the f*** on the sidewalk.” If you don’t listen to that, after just having pushed a store owner, you’re asking for trouble,’ he added.

Pharrell said that even though Brown’s behavior was wrong in the convenience store, that did not warrant his death, and that he believes Officer Wilson should have been charged in the death.

After the story broke on Tuesday Twitter was flooded with comments calling out Pharrell’s interview.
One Twitter user said: ‘Mike Brown was a bully says Pharrell Williams. So do we get a pass to shoot bullies in society? Way to go Pharrell.’
Another wrote: “Pharrell just lost his black card”

Pharrell isn’t tame when it comes to speaking his mind, even if it angers some. In an interview with Oprah last year, Pharrell said ‘the new black doesn’t blame others races for our issues’.

Even though his comments touched a few nerves, Pharrell still felt a heart wrenching feeling after grand jury’s decision in Ferguson, Missouri, touching off a protests, and riots on Monday night.

Pharrell tweeted after the decision was announced: ‘I’m heartbroken over the news of no indictment in Ferguson. Let’s all pray for peace’.

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