Pharrell has become known for his hats, but his latest piece of headwear is causing a bit of controversy.
The singer/producer appears on the cover on the collector’s edition of Elle U.K.’s July issue donning a Native American-inspired feather headdress which has angered many of his fans.
According to E! News, the hashtag #NotHappy began trending on Twitter soon after the photo, taken by Doug Inglish, was released. Pharrell, who is reportedly of Native American descent, later released a statement apologizing to anyone he may have offended.
“I respect and honor every kind of race, background and culture,” Pharrell told E!. “I am genuinely sorry.”
The Huffington Post has compiled some of the angry tweets posted by fans, most of which basically suggest that the 41-year-old star is mocking the Native American culture by wearing the headdress.
For their part, Elle has not yet made a statement, though they did change the photo’s description on their website, which previously read (via MTV), “We persuaded ELLE Style Award winner Pharrell to trade his Vivienne Westwood mountie hat for a native American feather headdress in his best ever shoot.”
The statement now reads, “Continuing our tradition of featuring cult male icons on collector’s edition covers we persuaded ELLE Style Award winner Pharrell to collaborate with us on his best ever shoot.”
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