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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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91.

Davey Boy    

I'm a middle-age white boy conservative living in the Southwest and even I think it's a stretch to call him out on being racist.

The Nazi's weren't the only army to do the "goose step". The Italians did it. So did the Japanese. The North Koreans do it today. Countless armies do the "goose step" at formal gatherings.

Could it be construed as racist? Perhaps. Can people see a similarity to him and the Nazi's during WWII? Maybe.

But no way is it clearly defined as racist. C'mon, folks.

And I HATE rap/crap music by the way, but this guy had a brain fart while up on stage. Dumb, but not racist.

1160 days ago
92.

mimi    

ugh you guys are dumb as **** that's not a march and if you don't even know who the **** pharrell is then don't comment "if he was white and blah blah" ****in babies

1160 days ago
93.

Anon    

Lol this reverse racism crap is the only argument white people use nowadays.

Struggling for headlines Tmz? Watch this vid and tell me he's goosestepping.

In the red hat.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bj2hFffObGk

Right. He's just doing his rendition of the skank dance...on a song called "Spaz."

Go figure

1160 days ago
94.

Danika    

As a native Virginia Beach fan, I have had the pleasure of seeing Mr. Williams live several times . Taking the energy of an artist out of context is horrendous. To assume any part of NERD was racist is ridiculous. I am pretty positive that when Justin Timberlake did this hand symbol no one dared to mention that he was racist. I guess the performance was too intense for this TMZ Reporter? I am ashamed that TMZ would make this assumption.

1160 days ago
95.

sal boka jr    

TMZ STANDS 4 taking monkeys in the zoo,BUNCH OF MORONS TALKING 2 EACH OTHER WHATCH THE TMZ FIRST TIME AND LAST YESTERDAY,WHAT WASTE OF TIME AND PEOPLE GET PAID 4 THAT DAMN NO WONDER WHY AMERICA IS WHERE IT IS,WHEN A HEADLINE IS LINDSEY LOHAN LOL HAHAHHAHA KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK TMZ HAHAHHAHAHAHAH...

1160 days ago
96.

Chris    

RACIST!!!!!!!!!

1160 days ago
97.

His Prince Michael    

So, based upon the most recent comments (Star Wack Records?):
TMZ, are monkeys working
White People (*Note omission of other groups)
are just crying reverse-Racism
The Nazi's didn't invent the Goose-Step, it's cool
Germans offended? Heck, they wouldn't know a PROPA
goose-step
He's goose-stepping, but, it's a vulcan sign
He's not goose-stepping
He might be goose-stepping, but get over it
You people are a bunch of cry-baby racists

Whew. Issue an apology, and TRY to record a semi-lisenable track, son.

1160 days ago
98.

Vito Leung    

Please, young people don't even know what a "Nazi" is.

1160 days ago
99.

R.Zimmerman    

Typical.

1160 days ago
100.

cekeste    

The Dr. Spock sign is Jewish... it's part of a blessing.

Pharrell- NOT a Jew.

1160 days ago
101.

dBone    

y all uneducated fool, anyone could walk like this. this is a dictator, or communist walk. Germany is the only country with Communism? then shut y all oss off.

1159 days ago
102.

Nostradamus    

A seig heil WITH the goosestep?
Nazi imitation, no way around it.
case closed.

1159 days ago
103.

??    

If a white man does this it is racism. If a black man does it it is supposed to be okay. No different than the racism in if a white man says ****** it is racism, but if a black man says the same thing it is okay. The gesture is offensive just like the word is offensive!! Political correctness is bull s**t, this guy is a jerk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1159 days ago
104.

Rory    

Goose-stepping didn't originate with the Nazi's. Look at different armies across the world, the goose step is a common step in different countries armies! It is not particular to the Nazi's. The Nazi's also had brown uniforms, does that mean anyone wearing a brown uniform mean is a Nazi?!

1159 days ago
105.

Rosebud    

He is definitely goose-stepping...however, goose-stepping was not only practiced by the Nazis!

I do believe there is a deeper symbolic meaning to his action though...

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