Not many people had a bigger year in entertainment than Pharrell Williams in 2013. The 40-year-old producer/rapper/singer/songwriter/fashion designer was everywhere this year, from award shows, covering magazines, hits all over the charts, scoring music for movies, and many business ventures outside of music. Pharrell composed the soundtrack to the movie Despicable Me and he has worked with almost nearly everyone in the industry from Miley Cyrus, Frank Ocean, Daft Punk, T.I., Solange Knowles, Mac Miller, Robin Thicke, Kanye West. Pharrell appeared alongside T.I. on Robin Thicke's hit single "Blurred Lines". The song has been a worldwide hit, has peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Pharrell's third Billboard Hot 100 number one single. Plus Pharrell released the first 24-hour music video to his Despicable Me 2 collaboration song, "Happy". With all of these accomplishments in 2013, GQ recognized Pharrell as one of their 5 people selected for the “Man of the Year” cover, which is well deserved.
While most people are preparing their Halloween costumes, going to parties, or having a horror movie marathon, Halloween seems to bring out the idiots! There was an Instagram photo of a man who was in black face dressed as Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman, because to them, the incident was apparently “hilarious”. Reported by bossip.com, their highly-offensive costumes sparked widespread outrage, endless death threats on their Facebook/Instagram pages and forced them to delete ALL the pics like the events never happened. But really, what the hell was funny about that tragic situation? The girl in the photo was dressed as Robin Hood, but played off the character as being dressed as "Robbing the Hood."
On the flip side, actress Julianne Hough, 25, was photographed at a Halloween bash Friday night, impersonating the character “Crazy Eyes,” from the series “Orange is the New Black.” She was in black face with a prison suit. According to Fox, the actress was quick to apologize via Twitter, insisting that it was “never her intention to be disrespectful or demeaning to anyone in any way,” and realizes her costume “hurt and offended people.” At then end of the party, the makeup was gone. Hough’s serious case of poor judgment may point to a lack of historical awareness among younger generations, or being isolated within a Hollywood bubble of fame and fortune. It seems like people think Halloween is the time to poke fun at the most oddest things and for some reason, people think black face isn't offensive. But I think it is because it was done as a stereotypical means for whites to mock black people. But to mock the Trayvon Martin/Zimmerman case is taking it way too far! As I sit shaking my head, I realize some people just don't get it!
Meet the morons behind the racist Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman Halloween costumes http://t.co/DT4Mz7eCnw
— Gawker (@Gawker) October 28, 2013
Actress Julianne Hough makes a very bad halloween costume decision. http://t.co/0dXmGnXxie— Gawker (@Gawker) October 26, 2013