Pharrell Williams Takes Knee at Charlottesville Concert: "That's What This Flag Is For"

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The singer took a swipe at the president's inflammatory remarks about NFL players who kneel or sit in protest during the playing of the national anthem.

It was only a matter of time before President Donald Trump was referenced at Dave Matthews' A Concert for Charlottesville in Virginia on Sunday night — even if it wasn't by name.

Near the end of Pharrell Williams' enthusiastically received set — which included "Freedom," as well as Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" — the singer, who hails from Virginia Beach, took a swipe at the president's inflammatory remarks about NFL players who kneel or sit in protest during the playing of the national anthem.

Genuflecting before the wildly cheering crowd, Williams said, "If I want to get on my knees right now for the people of my city, for the people of my state, that's what this flag is for," referencing the Stars and Stripes. He never mentioned Trump.

Williams and The Roots, who backed him, then launched into "Happy," which Williams said was how he felt about performing in his home state.

This story first appeared on Billboard.com.

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