Oprah Shows Pharrell The Worldwide Power of His Song and Reduces Him to Happy Tears
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Oprah Shows Pharrell The Worldwide Power of His Song and Reduces Him to Happy Tears

By Dustin Rowles | Videos | April 15, 2014 | Comments ()


I like Pharrell’s song, “Happy.” I think you’d have to be some kind of devil-worshipping heathen monster not to like it. It’s catchy. It’s infectious, and it is positive and upbeat. But what’s truly remarkable about any song, or any movie, or a piece of literature, is its ability to transcend the charts or the box office and to become this kind of globally beloved art.

This is not something I’d normally feature here (we don’t cover music, and we don’t have that much interest in Oprah Winfrey), but I was struck not only by the way that the entire world has taken to this son, but Pharrell’s genuine reaction to it. The guy has a funny hat, but he’s got a good heart.

Naturally, the video Oprah showed Pharrell reminded me of this, which never fails to move me. I swear to God, it could end world wars.

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  • DaveKan

    Any time I see a video of people all over the world enjoying the same thing and expressing that joy it always makes me weepy. This is cliche but if every day the news focused more on the good things that happened all over the world it would raise the collective happiness levels. Instead we just get body counts and bad behavior which reinforces the thought that the world is getting worse when by just about every measure it is getting better.

  • Cowtools

    I haven't heard this song. Is it worth seeking out?

  • WHERE THE HELL IS MATT! Yay. It made my day when Matt himself (!) emailed me to tell me that it was me sharing his original video on my stupid blog in 2005 that helped it go viral. I don't know how he figured out that my site was the vector, but it made me really really REALLY stupidly happy. (So happy that I'm still talking about it almost 10 years later. I'll go now...)

  • hapl0

    Ugh. It's only 9 here Pharrell. *grabs Kleenex*

  • clatie

    I love Pharrell. That is all.

  • opiejuankenopie

    Sweeping shots of a two person interview? Check.
    A close up of the interviewee? Uhhh....

  • logan

    Honestly cannot stand the song. Hail Satan!

  • Ryan Ambrose

    I am with you.

    Hail Hydra!

  • zeke_the_pig

    Same. If I want a Pharrell-featuring tune that's bouncy and happy and joy, I'll take Get Lucky any time.

  • AvaLehra

    Oprah shows Pharrell the Worldwide Power of his Song and Reduces Him to Happy Tears thereby Reducing Me to Happy Tears.

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