Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines:" Catchy, or "rapey"?
Robin Thicke is catching some flak for his new hit "Blurred Lines."
There's no denying that Robin Thicke has one of this summer's most catchy tunes in his new single "Blurred Lines."
But is the song something we should be celebrating? Some critics are saying no — and that lyrics like "Good girl, I know you want it / Talk about getting blasted, I hate these blurred lines / I know you want it, but you’re a good girl / the way you grab me, must want to get nasty" are blurring the lines of consent.
"Has anyone heard Robin Thicke’s new rape song?" writer Lisa Huynh wrote 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."
The video doesn't help things. In the clip, models clad in tiny outfits cavort around with Thicke, Williams and T.I. while clutching inexplicable props like small farm animals.
Model Amy Davison takes special issue with the video.
"The women are clearly being used as objects to reinforce the status of the men in the video," she says in her own YouTube video, "Robin Thicke is a D**k."
"The men have all the control and status because they are not vulnerable — they are completely covered. Whereas the women have no status and are totally open to be exploited ogled and used," she said. "It doesn’t jibe with me."
Not everyone is upset about it, though.
"I think it’s really fun," NPR music editor Frannie Kelley told the Daily Beast. "We feel a certain type of way about seeing men completely clothed next to almost completely naked women and that’s what gives it the frisson. When they’re clothed it feels like he’s walking up to a line and agreeing to obey it. And when they’re not clothed, he’s like acknowledging the line and he’s stepping right over it."
The controversy — or non-controversy, depending on who you ask — isn't likely to affect sales. The song just took over Macklemore's spot on top of the Billboard Hot 100 this week.
So, how do you feel about the song? Watch the (NSFW) video above and weigh in below.