‘Completely Blown Away’: British Muslim Group React To Success Of Pharrell ‘Happy’ Dancing Video
The group of British muslims seen dancing to Pharrell Williams’ hit ‘Happy’ in a video that is fast approaching 1 million views have said they are “blown away” by the reaction to their efforts, but admit that they expected disapproval from some quarters.
The group, named Honesty Policy, are seen in the four-minute clip having a great time with the N.E.R.D. star’s chart-topper, and have bene raising smiles from anyone who watches it.
“This video was joining the global movement of happiness inspired by Pharrell,” a spokesperson told The Independent.
“It’s part of something that we as Muslims could find ourselves relating to: happiness. We, too, are happy people, and we promote a message of happiness.”
“We’ve been completely blown away by the positive reaction,” another member said; adding that the participants wish to keep their personal identities hidden.
There has been a bit of a backlash from some people, but Honesty Policy’s designated representative believes it’s a generational issue more than anything.
“The issue with this video is that it touches on a lot of deeply entrenched issues within the Muslim community,” he or she explained.
“Lots of people have an idea of Islam that you have to conform to prescribed rules to be a good Muslim, but to us, as young second and third generation British Muslims, that’s not the case,” they added.
“We’re thankful to have grown up in a British society with freedom of expression… And we’re thankful that our faith gives us the room to be British and to be a Muslim. Some people don’t see that. They don’t see Islam as pluralistic [as we do].”