Pharrell Williams may have named his latest album G I R L because of his love and admiration for women, but he doesn’t think that qualifies him to be a feminist. In an interview with the UK’s Channel 4, Skateboard P had an interesting—and quite common—response on whether or not he’s a feminist.
Despite saying women should run the world, arguing that male leaders are too concerned with telling women what they can do with their bodies, and wondering, “What a world would be like is 75 percent of our presidents and Prime Ministers were female?” Pharrell just couldn’t go all the way and don his feminist cloak.
“I’ve been asked, am I a feminist?” Williams said. “I don’t think it’s possible for me to be that.”
When asked why, he responded. “I’m a man.”
The interviewer asked Williams if he believed men could be feminists, the Happy singer replied: “It makes sense up until a certain point. But what I do is, I do support feminists. There’s injustices; there are inequalities that need to be addressed.”
While it’s unclear if Pharrell doesn’t want to be labeled a feminist because he really believes men cannot be feminists or if he doesn’t want to be seen as political, one thing is clear: men can definitely be feminists.
I’ll let Dr. Mark Anthony Neal break it down: