NYMag’s The Cut is the only outlet I’ve seen report this. It seems Pharrell’s hat was actually an elaborate fashion reference that throws all of the Smokey The Bear/Arbys/Curious George/Diglett references into sharp relief. Seems they’re not as clever as they thought they were.
Buffalo Girls (the video above), was first performed in 1844 by a Blackface minstrel singer, before it got picked up by the heads who re-did it. It’s actually just super retro, so, there’s your morning idle chatter salvo for you.