Pharrell Williams is embarrassed by his old songs

American artiste Pharrell Williams says he would never sing some of his old songs today.
American artiste Pharrell Williams says he would never sing some of his old songs today.

Pharrell Williams is “embarrassed” by his “chauvinist” old music.

The 46-year-old producer learned a lot from the backlash to his and Robin Thicke’s 2013 collaboration Blurred Lines, as it “blew [his] mind” that some of his lyrics could be regarded as derogatory towards women. He said that the controversy completely changed his attitude.

“Some of my old songs, I would never write or sing today.”

— Pharrell Williams

He said: “I was also born in a different era, where the rules of the matrix at that time allowed a lot of things that would never fly today. Advertisements that objectify women. Song content. Some of my old songs, I would never write or sing today. I get embarrassed by some of that stuff. It just took a lot of time and growth to get to that place.”

Asked if the #MeToo movement sparked his shift in attitude, he told the new issue of America’s GQ magazine: “No. I think Blurred Lines opened me up. I didn’t get it at first.”

He added: “My mind opened up to what was actually being said in the song and how it could make someone feel. Even though it wasn’t the majority, it didn’t matter. I cared what they were feeling too. I realised that we live in a chauvinist culture in our country. Hadn’t realised that. Didn’t realise that some of my songs catered to that. So that blew my mind.”