Recording artist and super producer Pharrell Williams is under fire after wearing a Native American headdress on the cover of Elle UK.
Some members of the Native American community have spoken out saying that wearing the headwear is offensive. In their culture, the garb is considered sacred and is only to be worn by chiefs and warriors. Some even took to Twitter using the hashtag #NotHappy to express their feelings about the photo. The overall message was that “headdresses are not costumes.”
Pharrell immediately understood their concerns and issued a statement to Buzzfeed:
“I respect and honor every kind of race, background and culture. I am genuinely sorry.”
The magazine has not addressed the controversy.
I doubt that Pharrell had any ill intentions and he was clearly styled by the magazine’s staff. The headdresses are so beautiful and sometimes a person can forget that they have a sacred meaning. What are your thoughts on the controversy?