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“Blurred Lines” was the first in a string of mega hits for Pharrell that lead to his unprecedented run over the last year, but it hasn’t come without its fair share of controversy. The track and its corresponding video have been accused of sexism, and was even called a “rape song” by one feminist writer.

Sitting down with Krishnan Guru-Murthy for UK’s Channel 4 News, Pharrell responded to the “Blurred Lines” backlash like the graceful pro that he is. Using a car salesman analogy and a high fashion magazine comparison, Skateboard P defended the song as a pure and shameless expression of love for the female race, because that’s exactly what it is.

At one semi-awkward but candid point, Pharrell asked Guru-Murthy if there were ever times he had “naughty thoughts,” to which the reporter squirmed and dodged the question. “And that’s why that song needs to exist,” Pharrell declared.

Watch Pharrell’s interview below…

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