Pharrell Addresses Patriarchy and the Appeal of ‘Hidden Figures’

Pharrell speaks on male privilege and says he was drawn to 'Hidden Figures' because the film supports "the lifting of women."

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Pharrell Williams was recently profiled by Deadline where he spoke about his participation in the upcoming film, Hidden Figures.

“When we heard about the project, it just made sense for everything we stand for,” Williams said. “It was about uncovering a significant part of history, and the lifting of women and the highlighting of their importance.”

Hidden Figures, which is scheduled for release Dec. 25, recounts the true story of the African American women working for NASA during the 1960s who helped send the first U.S. astronauts into outer space. The film tackles issues of segregation, male privilege, and obviously, space travel. Williams joined on as a producer of the film and is credited with contributing original music to the soundtrack and working with Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch on the score.

Pharrell said he drew on themes of upliftment on tracks such as “I See a Victory,” but noted that society still has a long way to go.

“This still happens to women,” Pharrell added. “As men, we have become desensitized to it, like it’s the norm. I think the norm is changing. Everything is changing right now, as we speak. I think that’s a beautiful thing. It’s a time for true equality.”

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