Pharrell Williams Criticizes Ferguson Coverage on CNN

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 09.10.14 in News

Pharrell Williams has joined Talib Kweli and Killer Mike in speaking out about the coverage of Michael Brown’s fatal shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, and what its fallout says about the future of race relations in this country. In a CNN interview with Don Lemon, the producer/performer said, “I’m disappointed in the way it was handled from the government side. I think that officer should be punished because that was excessive force … But at the same time, we gotta start looking at ourselves too. Because we are feeling hunted. We need to be available to avoid these things.”

When asked about whether President Obama should visit Ferguson, Williams added, “This is a deeper laceration in this country. This is going to be the longest hangover in race relations ever.”

Watch more of the interview below, and follow all of our music-related Ferguson coverage here