Robin Thicke's new song "Blurred Lines" was the soul and R&B artist's first number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100. But not everyone thinks the song is number-one, as critics are analyzing the lyrics and interpreting them in misogynistic ways. The video for Thicke's new song, which also features rappers T.I. and Pharrell, has even been banned. Some critics think it is less than appropriate that the song's message centers on the "blurred lines" between what a (mostly) nude woman says about sex and what she actually wants.
The video for "Blurred Lines" features three beautiful women, models Emily Ratajkowski, Jessi M'Bengue and Elle Evans. In the unrated version of the "Blurred Lines" video, their breasts are on full display. Tricia Romano from The Daily Beast finds the song a little too "rapey", saying that there is something wrong with Robin Thicke and his partners-in-crime T.I. and Pharrell wearing pants, shirts, and even jackets - while the women dance around with animals wearing nothing but thongs.
"The 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 vulnerable-they are completely covered," points out Canadian model Amy Davison in a video response to the "Blurred Lines" video on YouTube. "Whereas the women have no status and are totally open to be exploited ogled and used. It doesn't jibe with me."
The lyrics to "Blurred Lines" include the following gem, which critics are taking issue with:
"I know you want it / You're a good girl / Can't let it get past me," Thicke croons. "I know you want it / But you're a good girl / The way you grab me / Must wanna get nasty."
"Has anyone heard Robin Thicke's new rape song?" Lisa Huyne wrote in a post on her blog, Feminist in L.A. "Basically, the majority of the song (creepily named 'Blurred Lines') has the R&B singer murmuring 'I know you want it' over and over into a girl's ear. Call me a cynic, but that phrase does not exactly encompass the notion of consent in sexual activity ... Seriously, this song is disgusting-though admittedly very catchy."
Robin Thicke blames the controversy on his taboo-breaking style. "We pretty much wanted to take all the taboos of what you're not supposed to do... bestiality, you know, injecting a girl in her bum with a five-foot syringe -," Thicke said, "I just wanted to break every rule of things you're not supposed to do and make people realize how silly some of these rules are."
These lyrics for Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" song imply that the woman "must wanna" have sex with him, even though she's not saying so. Do you think that this is a cause for concern and merits a feminist outcry, or do you think that the song is full of innocent "frolicsome ribaldry," like a male writer at The Village Voice claims?