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Pharrell

Nazi Goosestepping During Live Concert

2/16/2011 11:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

N.E.R.D. frontman Pharrell Williams broke into a full-on goosestepping Nazi salute during a concert in Vegas this week ... and TMZ has obtained the footage.

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Pharrell's people say to us, "You can't see it because his hand isn't in the picture, but Pharrell is throwing up the Star Trek sign, which is also the sign for his record label, Star Trak. To suggest that he is doing anything else is wrong and downright silly."

So we ask ...



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Andrea    

It's got nothing to do with race. Racism is racism and it shouldn't be waved off no matter who does it. If he is doing it then he is a fool and makes black people look even more ignorant than people already think we are. What a jackass, I never really cared for him anyway.

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Andrea    

It's got nothing to do with race. Racism is racism and it shouldn't be waved off no matter who does it. If he is doing it then he is a fool and makes black people look even more ignorant than people already think we are. What

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mannequin    

Gosh, now we have to be careful about our body movements, lest we be considered racist.

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jack-55d79    

@40 mannequin: 'Gosh, now we have to be careful about our body movements, lest we be considered racist.'

It's like when people get a bad rep at school for ogling at girls. Movements, being at least 50% of our non-verbal communication do matter. We're not mannequins.

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35.

freestuffffff    

TMZ, without more context it's impossible to understand the artist's point. I'm guessing it's a satirical comment on neo-Nazis and fascists in general, like Marilyn Manson was doing 15 years ago. Performance is an art, btw, and can incorporprate all manner of elements including mimicry and parody, in case you didn't know.

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Ginger    

I think many people have no clue as to what the Nazi's did to human beings in WWII. Babies killed in front of their mother, naked women and children lined up to go to the 'showers' which were actually gas chambers. Surgery done on people (even children) with no anesthetic. There is nothing, ever, funny about a Nazi.

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37.

Cartman    

NOW-A-DAYS ITS OK TO INSULT JEWS, JUST MAKE SURE YOU DONT HATE ON MUSLIMS OR GAYS!!

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38.

Jay    

You guys are really looking to throw a "black" under the bus.

The Goosestepping is done by several armies. When I see the goosestepping I think of more or less North Korea and other nations.

Like a black is going to heil hitler. C'mon people. Is your hatred that deep. It simply makes no sense, Hitler exterminated Africans too, thought of them as lesser people and would not embrace "African" American-Olympic hero Jesse Owens because of his race.

Would I have done it, probably not, but Pharrell's intention wasn't to offend any race. I'm willing to bet their is no malice in his heart. Lastly, please lets not get started on media double standards. We really do NOT want to go there.

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39.

Zee    

Guys seriously Pharrell would never do anythign to hurt anyone. There is so much **** going on in the world to be worried abt such. He is NOT RACIST...RACIST people are those having a bay abt this...

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BILMAREANO    

Hitler hated blacks. Why would he do that to honor someone racist towards his own race. he threw the Star Trax sign! some people still don't think

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41.

TheTruth    

If he was white, people would be furious.

Posted at 1:13 AM on Feb 16, 2011 by Sophie
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Exactly! So don't do it white people....

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42.

Misha the CrackHo    

This is probably the most ridiculous story I have every seen.

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43.

tony escobar    

everything is relevant as it is perceived by the person. we must always put ourselves in our neighbor's shoes and ask how would we feel in their position. this was done in poor taste. a great part of my family is Jewish and my grandparents fought the nazis and suffered great hardships. it was insensitive, but i'm sure he didn't have anti-semite intentions. hope he continues to make great music. power to the people.

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jus-sayin    

Just a bad dancer

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Crystal V    

Whats with all these comments saying if he were white and blahblah there would be controversy and that hes getting away with it because hes black? Arent you guys being a bit racist by saying that? Its petty to try and get him into ho****er over a dance. GET OVER IT is my vote.

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