Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
US singer Pharrell Williams poses during a press conference for the exhibition "GIRL" at the Perrotin Gallery in Paris, Monday, May 26, 2014. Williams curates an exhibition encompassing around 40 art pieces, presenting their visions of femininity, muses, female creativity and freedom. The show opens on May 27 and runs through June 27, 2014. The piece behind Williams is "GIRL" by French artist Guy Limone. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Pharrell: ‘Happy’ Iranians should be free to dance
First Published May 27 2014 08:21 am • Last Updated May 27 2014 11:03 am

Paris • Pharrell Williams says everyone should be able to celebrate their joy — including Iranian youths who were arrested for posting an Internet video of them dancing to his song "Happy."

Some in Iran see the video as promoting the spread of Western culture. Iranian laws ban women from dancing in public or appearing outside with heads uncovered.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

Williams says he has "the utmost respect for people’s religious views" and doesn’t know much about Iranian law.

But he added: "The present is a gift, and if you just want to celebrate your happiness, you should be allowed to do that."

Speaking at an exhibit opening in Paris Monday, he said, "They are just dancing."

Fans have posted similar "Happy" videos from around the world, showing people dancing down streets.




Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.