“Happy in Tehran” was uploaded to YouTube last month and garnered more than 165,000 views before being made private. It shows three men and three women — all unveiled — looking, well, happy as they dance and lip-synch to Pharrell’s hit.
But authorities in Tehran are calling the video “vulgar,” and all six were arrested and forced to formally apologize on state television. (Under Islamic law, women are required to cover themselves from head to toe in public, a rule monitored by “morality police.”)
Last month one of the dancers said in an interview, "We wanted to tell the world that the Iranian capital is full of lively young people and change the harsh and rough image that the world sees on the news." The irony - which seems to be making the rounds this week - is thick enough to spread on toast. There's also something cringe-worthy when Tehran police chief Hossein Sajedinia says that the video "hurt public chastity."
Fortunately most of the people involved in the video have been released, though the video's director remains in custody.
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Pharrell, who has been making the talk show rounds (and declaring his belief in equality) this week, made a stop on Oprah Prime where Oprah pulled some grateful tears out of him by playing videos of regular peeps dancing to his track "Happy" on YouTube.
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Pharrell appeared on Ellen today and explained to her that the title of his album GIRL is not only because he loves women, but that he is also a strong believer in equality for women. He then took a moment to point out:
"When I say equality, I mean equality for everybody. Everybody. Who you telling who they can marry and who they can't? What is this? This is 2014."
He also took receipt of a very large...hat.
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Kylie Minogue has announced her next single from Kiss Me Once will be the Pharrell Williams-written and produced track "I Was Gonna Cancel" and hopes folks will learn the words with a new neon-lit lyric video.
According to Kylie the song came about because she really was going to cancel a recording session with Pharrell and he got inspired by that.
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British singer-songwriter Foxes recently appeared in the BCC Radio 1 Live Lounge and brought to it a melancholy mash-up of Pharrell's "Happy" and Massive Attack's "Teardrop".
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