Zach Braff compares Pharrell to a monkey in an amazingly racist Grammys tweet

The "Scrubs" star shares the most insulting "Who Wore It Best" comparison ever

By Erin Keane

Chief Content Officer

Published February 9, 2015 4:18PM (EST)

Zach Braff         (AP/John Shearer)
Zach Braff (AP/John Shearer)

Sartorial provocateur Pharrell's Grammy night "Grand Budapest Hotel"-styled ensemble sparked its share of Twitter jokes last night, and many were pretty straight-forward call-outs to Wes Anderson's Lobby Boy, the unlikely young hero of his Best Picture-nominated crime caper.

And then there was Zach Braff's contribution.

The "Scrubs" star shared a "who wore it best' side-by-side of Pharrell and one of the "Wizard of Oz" flying monkeys:

Do we really have to explain to Zach Braff why, out of all of the Pharrell outfit jokes from all the social media accounts, this one is not funny — it's actually super racist? Do we, Zach Braff? Of course, he reminded us soon thereafter that he was "watching the Grammys with bae" — in this case, his "Scrubs" co-star Donald Faison. Oh, well. In that case.

Braff wasn't alone in making this incredibly racist and stupid comparison. Elite Daily apparently tweeted out a similar image last night:

There could be actual analysis to be done on whether or not Pharrell meant to evoke the historical memory of racist minstrel shows with his outfit, especially in light of his intriguing "Happy" performance, which featured dancers in black hoodies performing a "hands up, don't shoot" move to the incredibly sunshine-y pop song, as this viewer pointed out:

But even if he was, it's obvious that Zach Braff is not equipped to engage with sophisticated questions dealing with race, history and the entertainment industry. Stick to Wes Anderson jokes in the future, please.

By Erin Keane

Erin Keane is Salon's Chief Content Officer. She is also on faculty at the Naslund-Mann Graduate School of Writing at Spalding University and her memoir in essays, "Runaway: Notes on the Myths That Made Me," was named one of NPR's Books We Loved In 2022.

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