Pharrell Williams has become the latest celebrity to urge President Barack Obama to visit Ferguson, Missouri following last month’s race riots between locals and law enforcement officials.
The town became a warzone after teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer investigating a robbery, and Williams is among those who feel Obama should have been there to calm tensions.
Pharrell tells CNN, “The President needs to go down there. When your parents come into the room, whether it’s you or your cousin that knocked the vase down, you all stand at attention (sic).”
Justifying his comments by stating, “I’m not into politics, but I have opinions”, the “Happy” hitmaker insists the Ferguson drama is just the beginning of what could become a big problem for Obama and his aides, adding, “I’m disappointed in the way that it was handled from the government’s side… This is a deeper laceration in this country… This is going to be the longest hangover in race relations ever.”
But Williams, who believes the police officer at the center of the Ferguson drama should be punished, insists black youths need to avoid clashes with cops, adding, “When they (police) told him (Brown) to get out of the road, he should have got out of the road (sic); I wouldn’t have been in the road in the first place.”