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Cyndi Lauper: Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines Glorifies Date Rape

August 30, 2013 01:00 PM by Stephanie Gustafson

Most fans of Duets judge Robin Thicke agree that Blurred Lines is the song of the summer. But there’s plenty of critics who disagree, accusing the lyrics of being ‘rapey.’ The latest naysayer to speak out? None other than fellow singer and Celebrity Apprentice alum Cyndi Lauper.

We were all pretty disturbed by Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines fiasco at Sunday night’s Video Music Awards. But most of the criticism was reserved for Miley, with Robin largely getting a pass from the public. But one concerned citizen is bothered not just by Miley’s twerking, but also by the content of the Blurred Lines lyrics — Cyndi Lauper.

In a recent interview, Cyndi explained that, in her opinion, the basic intent of the controversial performance was to glorify rape. “[Miley's] in a song that literally says that the blurred lines allowed you to – when a woman says no, she means yes – and that’s frightful because that’s date rape.”

Of course, that’s not to excuse Miley’s crazy onstage behavior. But Cyndi isn’t so much condemning Miley as sympathizing with the Disney star turned wild child. “That was girl gone wild. So sad, so sad…there she is, a young twentysomething trying to prove she can hang with the big boys and girls, you know, basically simulating a Girl Gone Wild video onstage…it wasn’t even art.”

Do you agree with Cyndi Lauper? Did the Video Music Awards rendition of Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines glorify date rape? Or is Cyndi reading too much into what was merely a very raunchy performance? Sound off in the comments section below!

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15 Responses to “Cyndi Lauper: Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines Glorifies Date Rape”

  1. Leah Says:
    August 31st, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    I agree whole-heartedly about the whole thing. All I’ve seen in articles are “Has Miley Gone Too Far?” or “Was Miley’s Performance Too Raunchy?!” And it just makes me so angry because here we have a 36 year old man ALLOWING her to grind herself all over him, and the only thing people care about is slut shaming Miley and letting Robin get away with the fact that he LITERALLY glorifies rape in his song.

    I’m fourteen and even I know that’s messed up. And my parents wonder why I’m so reluctant to leave the house by myself. Songs like these are part of the reason why.

  2. a woman Says:
    August 31st, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    I agree completely with Cyndi Lauper… All you have to do is reverse things to see how wrong it is.

    Imagine Robin Thicke in a male prison and lyrics coming from another prisoner towards him…. like ”you know you want it, you know you want it, you’re a good boy” etc.

    It’s degrading to men and women as it sends out a message that consent doesn’t matter that much. Respect takes takes a back seat to lust.

  3. Gerbil Says:
    August 31st, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    TOTALLY AGREE WITH CYNDI

  4. Concerned citizen Says:
    September 1st, 2013 at 8:46 am

    I agree with Cyndi Lauper! The whole performance was disgraceful and Robin Thicke got a pass. The content of Thicke’s song is degrading to women. I am glad she has spoken up on this matter!!!

  5. Wendy Campbell Says:
    September 1st, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Women shouldn’t act like tramps then get annoyed when men react, but men also need to learn that they should also not encourage this behavior either. Men encourage it by watching porn, going to strip clubs and overall giving more attention to provocative women and especially young girls. Young girls are conditioned to believe that this is what men want. Men also give off the impression that this is what they want, but in fact when they get a woman or young girl like this they usually use her then throw her away. Men like looking and playing with these type of girls and women, but she is not someone they usually bring home to Mom. Grown women with intelligence usually have more respect for themselves and decency not to act this way. However young girls like Miley are still developing and finding their way in life. Robin Thick is a grown MAN with a wife. He should have had the common sense, decency and RESPECT to have stopped this performance right in it’s tracks when Miley started grinding on him! A DECENT man would have told HER NO. Unfortunately the ONLY thing these performers are interested in is selling themselves any way they can and they don’t care if they have to sell their souls to do it! They are puppets and they do what the industry tells them to do. If the industry wants them to glorify rape and sex or dying young that is what they will do. This song and performance is all about glorifying rape and degradation of both men and women. This type of music/industry is ONLY about the degradation of society and morals and is especially targeted towards young, influential minds.

  6. Rachel Lynn H. Says:
    September 1st, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Yeah, Robin Thicke has no shame. He’s getting a free pass, just like most male singers do who degrade women. Remember the days where Madonna and Britney Spears were called “slutty” and everyone was making a big deal out of that? That was NOTHING compared to this. Oh yeah, Robin Thicke should NOT have let Miley bump and grind on him in the beginning. Basically he’s disrespecting her as an individual by letting Miley perform like that in front of him and also his wife, by cheating on her like that. I still don’t get why Robin Thicke’s wife is still with him after all that. She (Robin Thicke’s wife) needs to divorce the male chauvinist pig.

  7. Sonia Says:
    September 1st, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    I personally disagree with this uproar. As a feminist I am for freedom of expression. It appears that it was Miley’s choice to grind up against Robin Thicke. I also couldn’t help but notice the back-up dancers in many performances at the VMA were sparsely clad and dancing provocatively. Seems somewhat hypocritical to focus on one individual when the practise is endemic in the much of the music industry.

    As to the lyrics in Blurred Lines; I see no connection to date rape at all. Yes, the lyrics are quite misogynistic but condoning date rape seems to be a ludicrous call. In fact, parts of the lyrics call upon the ‘girl’ in the song to approach the man, which in the absence of other details seems decidedly consensual.

    Finally, all this is not from an American perspective. I am aware of the rape culture within the US, and while I do not personally agree with some of the views surrounding the whole Miley/Blurred Lines incident I am glad that it is facilitating discussion about what is a very real problem within American society.

  8. Kayla Says:
    September 1st, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Cyndi is 100% correct. And it’s messed up that so many people like this song when it’s not even slightly apologetic about painting rape as some sort of ‘blurred line’. No means no, period.
    If someone were to write a song about castrating men no matter how many times they screamed for you to stop, I guarantee it wouldn’t be tolerated. Society is messed up, big time.

    And even if you ignored the rape glorification and degradation in the song, Robin Thicke is so full of himself it’s sickening. The whole video revolves around his over-inflated ego and undeserved sense of accomplishment.
    I really, truly hope he’s off the public radar as soon as possible.

  9. Katie Says:
    September 2nd, 2013 at 7:09 am

    The whole performance was choreographed. Just like with the provocative nature of his video, I am sure his wife saw and approved. I am not saying this is acceptable behavior, but it seems like people are forgetting that all performances whether with music, dancing or both is all choreographed and rehearsed prior to live performance. And they did it because they knew the shock value of the performance would help boost their album or current single sales. Which I guarantee if you look into it the sales on their singles and albums have skyrocketed since then. As for the nature of his song, he explained it in an interview that it was a blurred line between being a good girl and being a bad girl, not a blurred line between saying yes and no. If people actually read lyrics I’m sure any song could be misconstrued. Like the song “Ode to Billie Joe” when it was thought that the singer/main protagonist threw a baby off the Tallahassee bridge. The song received backlash due to it but that song is one of the most successful songs ever made, mostly due to this backlash. As for Cyndi Lauper, this woman infamously sang a song that insinuated masturbation and lesbianism (“She Bop”) and carried out many antics on stage and in videos, so for her to give any opinion on matters like this is very hypocritical.

  10. Cat Says:
    September 2nd, 2013 at 7:22 am

    But which lyrics are saying that? If we are just going to say that him saying “I know you want it” suggests rape that is way out of line. In the song he explains the reason he knows she wants it. Not once in the lyrics of the song (that I can find) does it ever suggest that she says no. It says she’s grabbing him and making advances toward him. He says, basically, I know you want it but your a good girl. Saying that all these advances she’s making aren’t going anywhere because she’ll never come right out and do it. And that is the blurred line. What is ok and what is not. I have read and re-read the lyrics and I just can’t see what these people are referring to.

    I’m not suggesting that everyone should like the song but rape is a big deal and to call out a song like that because one did not bother to read the lyrics is pretty harsh. BUT, I may be missing something. Can anyone point out where in the song it suggests rape.

  11. tom Says:
    September 2nd, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Most of you people didn’t even bother to read the lyrics. There’s nothing in the song about ignoring the word NO.

  12. prettyFlyForAWhiteGuy Says:
    September 2nd, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Pharell Williams justifies rape culture.

  13. Wigger Says:
    September 2nd, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    The smell of virgin is strong in here.

    Also does the author believe that all this just ‘happened’ to Miley? That’s really the only way one could sympathize with her.

  14. SanityCheck Says:
    September 13th, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Are feminists on here talking about Thicke ‘allowing’ cyrus to make a colossal show of herself. So in the feminist world its up to men to allow women to behave as they choose? how liberated

  15. Obvious is Obvious Says:
    September 27th, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    There is absolutely no way to get “rape” from the lyrics as a whole.

    “OK now he was close, tried to domesticate you (Thicke says a guy tried to tame his wife/girlfriend)

    But you’re an animal, baby, it’s in your nature
    (Thicke goes on to say the woman can do what she wants)

    Just let me liberate you
    (Thicke suggests she date/fuck/etc him)

    You don’t need no papers
    (Suggesting the other treats her like a dog/pet)

    That man is not your maker
    (Restating that the other guy doesn’t control her)

    And that’s why I’m gon’ take a good girl
    (Thicke breaks 4th wall to say why he’s talking to THIS woman. She’s seeing someone.)

    I know you want it
    I know you want it
    I know you want it
    (Stating he knows that she’s interested)

    You’re a good girl
    (Again. She’s seeing someone, but Thicke wants her to cheat)

    Can’t let it get past me
    (She’s attractive)

    You’re far from plastic
    (Not “augmented”)

    Talk about getting blasted
    (He/They’re drunk, which puts this in a setting with alcohol)

    I hate these blurred lines
    (He hates the lines between good and bad behavior)

    I know you want it
    I know you want it
    I know you want it
    (Same deal)

    But you’re a good girl
    The way you grab me
    (She physically GRABS him. Not touching gently, not a tease, but actually grabbing some part of his body. This is the ONLY physical action in the song. It’s her making a move on him.)

    Must wanna get nasty
    (Thicke thinks that how she’s grabbing him means she’s into him. According to everything known about body language, he’s right)

    Go ahead, get at me
    (Thicke tells her to make the move. He shows a completely passive stance, taking no PHYSICAL action)

    What do they make dreams for
    When you got them jeans on
    What do we need steam for
    You the hottest bitch in this place
    (It’s a pick-up line. Cheesy and meant to be funny)

    I feel so lucky
    You wanna hug me
    (Again, SHE makes the move on him. It’s an obvious sign of affection)

    What rhymes with hug me?
    (Typical guy reaction to an attractive woman grabbing and hugging him)

    Pre-chorus, chorus, yadda yadda

    (Before I do this, I really don’t like rappers in R&B songs, especially when they completely alter the tone to aggressive “thug” talk)

    One thing I ask of you
    Let me be the one you back that ass to
    (He asks that she let him dance/have sex with her)

    Go, from Malibu, to Paris, boo
    Yeah, I had a bitch, but she ain’t bad as you
    (Compares her to an ex. Not particularly classy)

    So hit me up when you passing through
    I’ll give you something big enough to tear your ass in two
    (Tells her to call him when she’s around for sex)

    Swag on, even when you dress casual
    I mean it’s almost unbearable
    (She dresses nice)

    In a hundred years not dare, would I
    Pull a Pharside let you pass me by
    (Don’t know who Pharside is, but he would take the chance to fuck/date the woman if offered)

    Nothing like your last guy, he too square for you
    (Says her… ex now? I’ll assume it’s current boyfriend/husband. He’s too boring for her)

    He don’t smack that ass and pull your hair like that
    (Indicates she likes rough sex either from speaking to her or her demeanor)

    So I just watch and wait for you to salute
    (Waits for her to show interest)

    But you didn’t pick
    (She didn’t make a clear decision, or didn’t pick him)

    Not many women can refuse this pimpin’
    (Says he’s not used to being rejected)

    I’m a nice guy, but don’t get it if you get with me
    (States that he’d be wild enough for her, but would be nice in public “gentleman in the streets, freak in the sheets” type of thing)

    Bridge just talks about dancing

    Baby can you breathe? I got this from Jamaica
    (They’re smoking weed now)

    It always works for me, Dakota to Decatur, uh huh
    (No idea, actually. Loosen up for sex?)

    No more pretending
    (They’re going to have sex)

    Cause now you winning
    (Insert sex here)

    Here’s our beginning
    (Operation: Steal girl from guy/Get girl to cheat successful)

    So… where’s rape? She makes all the moves, goes back to his place, they smoke weed TOGETHER and have sex. If you add TI’s portion, then after she makes the moves, she calls him and goes over to his place SPECIFICALLY for sex.

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