At Concert for Charlottesville on Sunday night (Sept. 24), Pharrell Williams took a knee to protest injustice and the speeches of President Donald Trump.
Near the end of his enthusiastic set which included “Freedom” and his features on Daft Punk‘s “Get Lucky” and Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines,” the singer took notice of the president’s inflammatory remarks about NFL players who kneel or sit in protest during the playing of the National Anthem.
Williams,who hails from Virginia Beach, said, “If I want to get on my knees right now for the people of my city, for the people of my state, that’s what this flag is for.” Though he didn’t mention Trump directly, everyone knew what the speech was about.
From the Bill of Rights itself: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
The First Amendment guarantees that we may voice our opinions and nowhere does it say people are unpatriotic if they don’t stand or act a certain way. One may say that making a statement during the National Anthem is one of the most patriotic things you can do because you’re standing up for what you believe in.
Watch the video from Concert for Charlottesville of Pharrell taking a knee.
Pharrell takes a knee pic.twitter.com/ev9qcEfFhl
— pharrell’s junebug (@angelAmyV) September 25, 2017
Other artists and celebrities also voiced their opinions such as LeBron James and Steph Curry via Twitter.
U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going! So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 23, 2017