Perhaps unfamiliar with the current debate waging in the U.S. over the Washington Redskins’ name or the recent drama surrounding The Flaming Lips, someone at the UK branch of Elle magazine thought it would be a good idea to dress up Pharrell in a Native American headdress for its July issue. Not surprisingly, the decision drew the ire of the Internet, where on Twitter, the hashtag #NotHappy — a reference to his hit single — quickly became a trending topic.
Now, Pharrell has issued an apology through his publicist (via Exclaim), saying “I respect and honor every kind of race, background and culture. I am genuinely sorry.” Lesson of the day? Stick to the Arby’s hat.
This is the second mini-controversy Pharrell has found himself at the center of in as many months. In April, he drew criticism for comments he made in support of Robin Thicke’s hit single “Blurred Lines”, disputing accusations that the song is misogynistic.