Pharrell Williams joined protesting NFL players Sunday night by taking a knee during his performance at A Concert for Charlottesville: An Evening of Music and Unity. Right before launching into a Roots-backed performance of his 2013 hit "Happy," Pharrell reminded the audience of their potential and voiced his support for the ongoing protests.
"I'm in Virginia right now," Pharrell, amid thunderous applause, told the crowd. "Can't nobody tell me what to do, if I wanna get on my knees right now. If I wanna get on my knees right now for the people in my city, for the people in my state, that's what that flag is for."
Just before kicking off "Happy," Pharrell also shared some quick praise for the University of Virginia. "When I think about the potential of this country, the potential of this state, the potential of these people, the potential of this amazing, amazing university, there's only one word that I feel on the inside," Pharrell, drawing a connection to "Happy," said. Catch the full moment at around the 11:30 mark in the video up top.
Despite what the petulant blubberfuck currently residing part-time in the White House would like his cult members to believe, protests against systemic racism—particularly those on the public stage—should be supported. And on that note, fuck Nascar:
Pharrell's show of solidarity follows an equally powerful gesture from Stevie Wonder during Saturday's Global Citizen Festival in New York City.