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Robin Thicke Stirs Up Good Girls With Blurred Lines
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Robin Thicke Stirs Up Good Girls With Blurred Lines

Robin Thicke's new hit single "Blurred Lines" has caused quite a stir since its release. The overtly sexual song has become Thicke's only number one single. The closest he has come was "Lost Without U" which peaked at number 14 in 2007.

The lyrics of "Blurred Lines" have been criticized for trivializing sexual consent. Critics citing the lyrics "You know you want it" as the male mantra of no means yes. They have even started a campaign to ban the video from being eligible for awards.

The video for Blurred Lines escalated the controversy to new heights with its unrated version. In this version three models (Jessi M'Bengue, Elle Evans and Emily Ratajkowski) dance around Thicke and rappers Pharrell and T.I. wearing nothing but skin colored g-strings. Thicke whispers "you know you want it" in the girls ears as they pretend to be disinterested.

Thicke has stated that they threw in every taboo that came to mind including bestiality and drug injections. There are even big inflatable letters alluding to the size of Robin's anatomy. According to Thicke they were just poking fun at taboos.

Thicke says he was trying to make a catchy escapist album and this song was just a part of that. Thicke and Pharrell were in the recording studio, when Robin had the idea to do a song similar to Marvin Gaye's "Got To Give It Up". They wrote the song Blurred Lines in less than an hour.

Thicke, Pharrell adn T.I. filmed two versions of the video. One where the models wore clothes and the unrated version featuring the nudity. The unrated version was removed from You Tube but has since been reinstated.

I have never been much of a rabid feminist. I believe in choosing your battles. Focus on things that really need to be addressed like equality in the workplace and sexual harrassment. In the big scheme of things I don't believe a music video is going to be a big influence on issues like rape or sexual consent.

The type of man who forces himself upon an unwilling woman does not get the will or the idea to do so from a music video. Violence against women is as old as time and it will always exist. It existed before film and music videos were around and it will continue to exist as long as there are men and women coexisting together.

The lyrics of "Blurred Lines" are hardly a classic work of musical genius. Get up. Get down. I want a good girl. It is more the anthem of calling out the bad girl side of every good girl. There are much worse lyrics in rap songs that degrade women with various names of disrespect. There are even songs that glorify killing and violence that are much more offensive to me than a few topless models.

The more critics scream about the video and its sexual nature, the more people tune in to have a look. As one commentor said "I was so shocked I had to watch again. And then again at least a hundred times." Meanwhile, Mr. Thicke laughs all the way to the bank. All that unintended free publicity helped catapult the song to number one.

I am a firm believer that censorship is wrong. Everyone has a right to their opinion. If you don't like the material don't watch, don't listen, but please don't try to take away my right to do so.

After all the dust has settled the only one gaining from the controversy is Robin Thicke. He now knows what it takes to get a number one hit. Blurred Lines indeed.


Street Talk

Anna Ware  

Thanks for a brilliant article. I mostly agree with you. He does laugh all the way to the bank, thanks to the people that are outraged. Instead of watching and feeding the hype they should ignore it. I don't like stuff like this so thanks to you I choose not to watch it. I also hope that Mr. Thicke gets a daughter and that might be the turn around to become adult and to understand that he as the rest of us have a moral resposebility. Try to make the world a nice place instead of feeding the voltures.

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  about 6 years ago

Thanks for your comment. Mr. Thicke only has a son for now. Maybe if he has a daughter he will become more sensitive.

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  about 6 years ago
Anna Ware  

It might remind him that all girls and women that he shows so little respect for has fathers who loves, cherries and respects them.

  
  about 6 years ago
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