Alan Thicke, like the rest of the country, has responded to Miley Cyrus' racy, grinding performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. Much of the controversy centered around Cyrus' duet with Alan's son, Robin, on his hit "Blurred Lines".
The elder Thicke starred on the family sitcom Growing Pains, and some fans of this series criticized the awards ceremony for its inappropriate content. Miley Cyrus' sexy dance was a particular point of contention. But the Twitter account @alan_thicke pointed out that the VMAs and Growing Pains did not have the same demographic.
"Anyone expecting the VMAs to have Growing Pains sensibilities does not watch videos and should be familiar with content before watching with children," Alan Thicke reportedly tweeted. "Don't complain, supervise!"
It should be noted that this Twitter account is unverified, so we cannot be certain that it was actually Robin Thicke's father who made this remark. But other websites have quoted this same account as belonging to the actor.
"The stated mission of the VMAs is shock and awe, not shucks and ahhh like a family sitcom." Alan Thicke apparently added.
This is not the only controversy Robin Thicke has faced over his top-selling single, "Blurred Lines." Some have called out the tune for its "rapey" lyrics and heavily sexualized video. @alan_thicke sarcastically replied to these critics in another tweet on Monday morning.
"Much love to those who voted for 'Blurred Lines' video that prompted global dialogue about sex, nudity, morality, and barnyard animals," he wrote.
Based on Alan Thicke's previous comments, it's likely this tweet was meant as a joke. The actor has defended his son in the past, telling CTV News that the song is actually more about "female empowerment."
"It's not so much 'we know you want it' — it's 'we hope you want it,'" Alan Thicke said earlier this month. "It's still a guy waiting for permission, saying 'I'm not your maker.' Nobody grabs anybody. We're waiting for permission here. And not only that, but it's guys trying to be cute and funny. This is not a lascivious video. There's no humping and grinding as we've been seeing in music videos for two decades now."