Pharrell debuted his new album, GIRL, via livestream on iTunes Radio last night. And while much of the immediate fan reaction centered on the hitmaker’s new music, soon criticism began to surface regarding the album cover. On the cover, Pharrell and three women are posing in sunglasses and bathrobes. Criticism arose due to the fact that no darker-skinned women are featured.
The topic soon became big news on Twitter, with several people chiming in to give their take on whether or not this was a serious controversy.
Here are some of the best (and funniest) tweets:
For someone to say, “the only *acceptable* black woman for the Pharrell cover is one who looks like Lupita” seems to invalidate many others.
— April (@ReignOfApril) February 26, 2014
Pharrell was s’posed to get a Noah’s Ark fulla women on his album cover, apparently.
— Everything I’m Not (@No_Cut_Card) February 26, 2014
So what you’re all saying is that Pharrell bathes in the blood of white women to remain forever 21. And his album cover is prebath?
— Surely, Bassey (@Basseyworld) February 26, 2014
Pharrell’s album cover is a disappointment but Lupita and Jared Leto are beautiful together. Make up your minds, man. — D’Brickashaw (@DragonflyJonez) February 26, 2014
This is conversation about Pharrell “not having a Black woman” on his album cover is stupid.
— Xavier D’Leau (@TheXDExperience) February 26, 2014
Couldn’t be more disappointed by @Pharrell‘s album cover. I was so looking forward to it too. Just, wow.
— dream hampton (@dreamhampton) February 26, 2014