If we were going to go on media coverage alone, this was not Pharrell Williams' best week. Our multi-hyphenate friend found himself at the receiving end of several metric tons of backlash after Elle UK put a photo of him wearing a Native American war headdress on its recent collector's-edition cover.
The fashion community's misappropriation of pieces of ethnic clothing, particularly those of Native American origin, usually sets off a firestorm of controversy (plus a lawsuit or two), and this instance was no different—even though Williams has said he's (partly) of Native American descent. A group of intrepid Twitter users even came up with the hashtag #nothappy, a reference to the hit song he released last year.
The singer released a brief statement apologizing for any feathers he might have ruffled. "I respect and honor every kind of race, background, and culture," he said. "I am genuinely sorry."
One thing he didn't have to apologize for, though, was the stellar performance he gave this week at the world-famous Apollo theater in Harlem. If you have the time, we bid you to watch the full show below. Or, at the very least, skip to the 21-minute mark, which hails the return of a musician we're pretty sure you haven't seen in a while.
—Details associate online style editor Justin Fenner
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