June 18, 2013 02:08 PM by Stephanie Gustafson
With number one Billboard spots in both the UK and the US, it’s clear that Duets judge Robin Thicke has hit the big time with his single Blurred Lines. But some critics feel that the success is not deserved, pointing to objectionable content in both the lyrics and the music video. Is there any basis for these complaints, or are critics simply seeing offensive material where it doesn’t actually exist?
Robin Thicke’s latest single is certainly catchy, but according to some, it also smacks of sexism. This claim is most easily backed up by the controversial unrated version of the Blurred Lines music video, in which next to naked female models dance seductively around the fully-clothed Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I. But the YouTube leaders responsible for the unrated video’s banning felt that the near nudity was easily the least of the video’s problems. Far more controversial is the presence of a lamb and a taxidermy dog, both of which the models interact with in a way that reminds critics of bestiality. Add that to the allegedly “rapey” lyrics that include, “Good girl, I know you want it…talk about getting blasted,” and you have a fool-proof recipe for major controversy.
Fans of Robin Thicke and Blurred Lines feel that the media is making too much out of a simple summer hit. Robin agrees, although he’s not surprised by the controversy, given the fact that his overarching goal while creating this single was to break all the rules. “We pretty much wanted to take all the taboos of what you’re not supposed to do…and make people realize how silly some of these rules are.”
Do you agree with the critiques labeling Blurred Lines a “rapey” song? Feel free to share your opinion in the comments section below!
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