Pharrell and Janelle Monáe collaborated on music for Hidden Figures, but both artists lashed out against fellow soundtrack contributor Kim Burrell earlier this week after the gospel singer made homophobic remarks. Burrell was dropped from her scheduled appearance on Ellen, but Pharrell still stopped by this morning (January 5) and addressed the situation on national TV.
"There's no space, there's no room for any kind of prejudice in 2017, moving on. There's no room," he said. "She's a fantastic singer, and I love her, just like I love everybody else. And we all gotta get used to that. We all have to get used to everyone's differences and understand that this is a big, gigantic, beautiful, colourful world. And it only works with inclusion and empathy. It only works that way. Live and let live, love and let love."
He continued, "Whenever you hear some sort of hate speech and you feel like it doesn't necessarily pertain to you because you may not have anything to do with that, all you gotta do is put the word 'black' in that sentence, or put 'gay' in that sentence, or put 'transgender' in that sentence, or put 'white' in that sentence, and all of a sudden it starts to make sense to you. I'm telling you, the world is a beautiful place, but it does not work without empathy and inclusion."
Pharrell then went on to perform "Runnin'" (rather than the originally scheduled duet, "I See a Victory") off the Hidden Figures soundtrack. Check out his interview and performance in the players below.