Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Pharrell's subtle Ferguson message on The Voice Results (Video)

Last night during live results on NBC's The Voice, singer songwriter Pharrell Williams, best known for the hit "Happy" these days, gave a quiet wish for justice in Ferguson, for Mike Brown's family. Performing Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" with his team, DaNica Shirey and Luke Wade, he changed the last line of his performance from "And I think to myself what a wonderful world" to "And I think we need justice to unfurl."

His team was safe tonight, btw.

You can watch the whole video performance of "What a Wonderful World" on the YouTube video at the end of this post, but I took a Vine of it once I realized what had happened. Within minutes the Vine loop count was up to more than 1000. So, I guess other people noticed the entertainer's quiet activism as well or did not notice it and that's why so many people looped it.

On Monday night, after Ferguson prosecutor McCulloch took forever to tell us why the Ferguson Grand Jury had decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the killing of unarmed teen Mike Brown, Pharrell posted this tweet expressing disappointment in the decision.

His #Ferguson tweet has been retweeted more than 10,000 times and received replies of both support and a little anger. Some of the anger was about the tweet itself and some came from people who just don't like Pharrell.

Then tonight, about two hours before The Voice went on the air, he tweeted a post that echoes the thought of his lyric change for "What a Wonderful World." Perhaps that was a hint to fans about what he planned to do.

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