Hip hop artist Pharrell Williams is the latest in a long list of celebrities openly expressing their views on the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, but his perspective has some pretty upset.
Following the grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown, the Internet lit up with people expressing their opinions. Pharrell Williams, the 41-year-old singer/songwriter, producer, and judge on NBC’s hit singing competition The Voice, spoke to Ebony Magazine about the situation, boldly stating that he doesn’t think Brown was completely innocent.
“It looked very bullyish; that in itself I had a problem with,” Pharrell said in regards to Michael Brown’s actions leading up to his death. “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?”
Pharrell also noted that he wished Wilson had been indicted, so that the legal system could play itself out in court. That wasn't enough for some people, though. His comments sparked outrage on Twitter, with some blasting the artist for his views.
“@Pharrell ur comments about Mike Brown r an affront to all the blk kids who r subjected the police brutality... Hands Up, don't shoot!!” wrote Twitter user Charmaine, according to the NY Daily News.