Pharrell Williams is the kind of guy that doesn’t seem to be able to put a foot wrong – at least until he goes p*****g off half of America by donning a feathered headdress. Not the “Happy” singer was trying to make some kind of weird fashion statement – he’d instead been asked by Elle magazine in the UK to wear the thing for a special edition cover shoot…and he did.
“We persuaded ELLE Style Award winner Pharrell to trade his Vivienne Westwood mountie hat for a native American feather headdress in his best ever shoot,” according to the spiel explaining the rather controversial move.
Sadly – and long before ever going to print – the preview of the cover that appeared on Elle UK’s website didn’t exactly go down well with readers…the term ‘lead balloon’ comes to mind. Comments piled up by the hundred pretty much straight away and it’s safe to say not all supported his choice of headwear.
A fair few also went directly to the source, blasting Pharrell’s own website will all manner of comments and criticisms.
Here’s a sample of just a few of them:
Taino Ray: How can you do something so stupid and disrespectfulll.. you are not a Chief Pharrel.. The eagle feathers are sacred… Even if you are part Native the headdress is off limits… Its for Warriors and people of the plains culture.. You don’t have the right to wear that Pharrel… neither does Cher or Emerson Windy… You guys don’t get it…. You will learn the hard way by us Natives telling you so…
Gail Lichtsinn: You have no right to wear a headress that is so sacred to native people..Those headresses are earned and not worn to make a buck or draw attention..They have meaning and are worn by our men with pride and dignity..This is a mockery of a proud people..We are not a joke and take these things very seriously..Go back to wearing your OWN clothes
Sandy Johnson: I love your music! BUT…please don’t insult our Indigenous People by wearing a headdress. They are earned one Eagle feather at a time through acts of selflessness and bravery. Thank you.