There’s a new song on the air taking over the charts! I’m sure you’ve heard it – and you probably love it – it’s called “Blurred Lines,” and it’s by Robin Thicke, T.I. and Pharrell. If you’ve listened closely, you’ve undoubtedly heard the rather raunchy lyrics. The song is downright dirty, no getting around that. There are two versions of the video. One you can see here- and there’s also a NSFW video, which is basically FULL of naked chicks. (SEE THE NSFW VERSION AFTER THE JUMP!)
Anyway, the controversy surrounding the song is the message it sends. Depending on how you interpret the lyrics, you might think Robin was singing about taking advantage of a girl.
HereÃ¢â¬â¢s a sure-fire way to get the No. 1 record in the country: engineer a fake controversy by making an unrated version of your video featuring strutting, mostly naked supermodels. ThatÃ¢â¬â¢s the route blue-eyed crooner Robin Thicke took with his single Ã¢â¬ÅBlurred Lines,Ã¢â¬Â which sits atop the Billboard charts this week, ending MacklemoreÃ¢â¬â¢s long reign.
The video, which was banned from YouTube at the end of March, continues to live on in its full naked glory on VevoÃ¢â¬âcoincidentally, a partner of YouTubeÃ¢â¬âwhere salacious viewers can view three models, Emily Ratajkowski, Jessi MÃ¢â¬â¢Bengue, and Elle Evans, wearing nothing but shoes and nude-hued thongs, as they cavort and dance and flirt with Thicke, Pharrell, and T.I., who are all fully clothed. The group play with weird, nonsensical propsÃ¢â¬âa needle, a lambÃ¢â¬âand in between the screen intermittently flashes hashtags (i.e., #Thicke). CONTINUE READING + VIDEO AFTER THE JUMP!
I’m not even going to lie and pretend I haven’t watched this 5 times today. It’s hot….that’s all there is to it.
At one point, the sentence, Ã¢â¬ÅRobin Thicke has a big dÃ¢â¬âk,Ã¢â¬Â is displayed in large Mylar balloons.
So far, so Ã¢â¬Â¦ sexy? Depends on who you ask.
The nudity might be fine if the song was called, Ã¢â¬ÅLetÃ¢â¬â¢s All Have Some Fun,Ã¢â¬Â but itÃ¢â¬â¢s called Ã¢â¬ÅBlurred Lines,Ã¢â¬Â and the subject itself is enough to make some female music fans uncomfortable. The song is about how a girl really wants crazy wild sex but doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t say itÃ¢â¬âpositing that age-old problem where men think no means yes into a catchy, hummable song.
Ã¢â¬ÅGood girl, I know you want it,Ã¢â¬Â sings Thicke, who has all of his clothes on, as one of the near-naked models dances and pouts next to him. Ã¢â¬ÅTalk about getting blasted, I hate these blurred lines, I know you want it, but youÃ¢â¬â¢re a good girl, the way you grab me, must want to get nasty.Ã¢â¬Â
Not surprisingly the combination of the lyrics and the videoÃ¢â¬â¢s nudity has irked some female music fans.
Ã¢â¬ÅHas anyone heard Robin ThickeÃ¢â¬â¢s new rape song?Ã¢â¬Â Lisa Huyne wrote in a post on her blog, Feminist in L.A. Ã¢â¬ÅBasically, the majority of the song (creepily named Ã¢â¬ËBlurred LinesÃ¢â¬â¢) has the R&B singer murmuring Ã¢â¬ËI know you want itÃ¢â¬â¢ over and over into a girlÃ¢â¬â¢s ear. Call me a cynic, but that phrase does not exactly encompass the notion of consent in sexual activity Ã¢â¬Â¦ Seriously, this song is disgustingÃ¢â¬âthough admittedly very catchy.Ã¢â¬Â
Canadian model Amy Davison also took issue with the clip. In a YouTube video titled Ã¢â¬ÅRobin Thicke is a dick,Ã¢â¬Â she explained why the women showing so much skin got under her skin.
Ã¢â¬ÅThe women are clearly being used as objects to reinforce the status of the men in the video. The men have all the control and status because they are not vulnerableÃ¢â¬âthey are completely covered. Whereas the women have no status and are totally open to be exploited ogled and used,Ã¢â¬Â she said. Ã¢â¬ÅIt doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t jibe with me.Ã¢â¬Â
I can totally see the point of this writer. The lyrics ARE intense, and could easily be interpreted to be “rapey.” What do you think? All in good fun – or did he take it too far?