- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 2, 2016

R&B singer Pharrell Williams sounded a political note Tuesday night, calling on the women of America to rally behind Hillary Clinton to “save the nation.”

Mr. Williams‘ remarks came at Variety magazine’s Inclusion Summit in Beverly Hills and were reported by the trade magazine Tuesday evening. His comments, although unrelated to this development, were made hours after Variety called on readers to vote for Mrs. Clinton in next Tuesday’s election.

“I’m praying that women come together and save this nation,” Mr. Williams said, Variety reported. “You think about the destructive things that have come from mankind, it’s mostly men.”

Mr. Williams did not mention Mrs. Clinton GOP rival Donald Trump by name, although he sharply criticized the New York real-estate developer’s treatment of women, Variety said.

In 2013, Mr. Williams‘ hit song with Robin Thicke, “Blurred Lines,” came under fire from critics, including feminists, who complained the song — as well as its music video — celebrated “rape culture” with lyrics like “I know you want it.”

For his part, at the Variety summit Mr. Williams simply dismissed concern over his lyrics by saying his music is written “in the spirit of dancing” and not analogous to Mr. Trump’s alleged instances of unwanted sexual advances.

 

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