Watch Gender-Reversed 'Blurred Lines' YouTube Video By Mod Carousel! Is NSFW Robin Thicke Spoof Sexy Or Shocking? [VIDEO]

By Beth Roeser July 24, 2013 1:40 PM EDT
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A new gender-reversed "Blurred Lines" music video is making waves on YouTube! Sexy, shocking, thought-provoking, or all of the above? (Photo: YouTube/Mod Carousel)

What would Robin Thicke's controversial "Blurred Lines" music video look like with the genders switched? You're about to find out — that is, if you haven't already been keeping up with the latest YouTube trend spoofing the infamous unrated boob-fest of a music video.

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The gender-reversed "Blurred Lines" video phenomenon bloomed in reaction to controversial aspects of the original unrated Robin Thicke video, which a respectable number of critics blasted as degrading to women and fraught with "rape-y" implications. The criticism seemed to surprise those involved with the video, along with many of the song's fans. Most "Blurred Lines" lovers, apparently, had never considered how the line between flirtation and degradation could seem a little, um, blurred.

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But one of the best ways to expose the hidden gender dynamics of a pop culture product is to flip the genders — just try it with Twilight! — and sure enough, gender-reversed "Blurred Lines" videos quickly started popping on YouTube as the original song climbed the charts. In the "Blurred Lines" spoofs, the topless, thong-clad models of Robin Thicke's video are replaced by similarly styled men, while Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I. are replaced by female vocalists fully dressed in menswear-inspired outfits. Some of the "Blurred Lines" gender-switch remakes tweak the lyrics to reflect the reversal.

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The gender-reversed "Blurred Lines" video spoofs the original's balloon message, which read "Robin Thicke has a big d*ck." (Photo: YouTube/Mod Carousel)

The biggest hit to come out of the "Blurred Lines" gender-reversed YouTube trend comes from Mod Carousel, a Seattle-based boylesque troupe that redid the video with some seriously stellar vocals by Caela Bailey, Sydni Devereux and Dalisha Phillips standing in for Thicke, Pharrell and T.I. The nearly naked models of the original video are played by Carousel's own boylesque stars Trojan Original, Paris Original and Luminous Pariah.

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The gender-reversed "Blurred Lines" video polishes up the lyrics a bit, with Bailey crooning lines like, "I'm gonna take a good boy / You're just so manly! ... You're the hottest d*ck in this place." In keeping with the style of the original Robin Thicke video, the Mod Carousel version puts plenty of props to use including a stuffed tiger, stationary bike, giant sword and race car.

While many entries in the gender-reversed "Blurred Lines" video trend aim to make a pointed statement regarding conventional depictions of wordless, naked women used as decorations by fully clothed men in music videos, Mod Carousel addresses the complexity of the issue along with its own motivations for the video in the YouTube About section.

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"It's our opinion that most attempts to show female objectification in the media by swapping the genders serve more to ridicule the male body than to highlight the extent to which women get objectified [which] does everyone a disservice," the group explained. "We made this video specifically to show a spectrum of sexuality as well as present both women and men in a positive light, one where objectifying men is more than alright and where women can be strong and sexy without negative repercussions."

Check out Robin Thicke's original unrated "Blurred Lines" music video below.

What do you think of the latest gender-reversed "Blurred Lines" video? Is Mod Carousel's take on the Robin Thicke video sexy, thought-provoking, both, or neither? Share your thoughts in the comments section!

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