Pharrell Williams’ 2013 comeback peaked with “Happy” but not one smile is cracked in these newly-leaked “Blurred Lines” deposition videos.
The controversy surrounding the song has been written about for almost two years and we now have footage of the song’s producer answering questions about the alleged copyright infringement and influence of Marvin Gaye, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.
For those who aren’t caught up, Pharrell and Robin Thicke were ordered to pay $7.3 million to Marvin Gaye’s estate for similarities between their mega-hit “Blurred Lines” and Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up” in March this year.
Almost one year before the final verdict was made, Pharrell was deposed by Gaye’s attorney and interrogated on his musical capabilities, influence and involvement in making the song and it gets pretty heated.
The intense exchange shows a very agitated Williams respond “I’m not here to teach you music” and repeatedly state “I’m not comfortable” during some of the videos’ most uncomfortable moments.
It’s a little shocking to see Pharrell lose his cool for the first time in a 16-year career but his irritation is understandable as opposed to frustrating – like the entire world’s reaction to Justin Bieber’s infamous deposition videos.
He is inarguably one of the millennium’s biggest musical talents so you can only imagine how insulting it was when he was asked “When you were creating ‘Blurred Lines,’ were you trying to pretend that you were Marvin Gaye?”
Watch for yourself, below.