Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines. You most definitely already know what I’m talking about because in March 2013 when it was released, every media outlet went into frenzy due to not only the highly controversial message the lyrics hold but also the heavily sexualised video clip. With lyrics such as “I know you want it, but you’re a good girl”, many view the song as derogatory to women and labelled it ‘rapey.’ Feminists went into overdrive in response to the seemingly aggressive song claiming that it was promoting rape, women were being objectified and calling Robin Thicke a misogynist.
The original film clip was banned from YouTube as it was the same as the edited version but only the three models were completely topless. The models dance around with vacant expressions and the three fully-clothed men touch and gawk at them in whichever way they choose, without any reaction from the women. A feminist reading of this is that the women seem more like sex dolls for the amusement of the men than actual women. The women are not celebrated for their wit, their intelligence, their creativity, or even their individual beauties. They are celebrated as sexual objects. Not only are the models stripped of their clothing, they are stripped of their voices, stripped of their individualities, stripped of everything
The video clip was conceived and directed by Diane Martel who hit back at the negative comments by saying, “It forces the men to feel playful and not at all like predators. I directed the girls to look into the camera. This is very intentional and they do it most of the time; they are in the power position. I don’t think the video is sexist. The lyrics are ridiculous; the guys are silly as fuck.” Thicke himself also retaliated by saying he wrote the song about his wife, she was his ‘good girl’ and he knows she ‘wants it’ because they’ve been together for 20 years.
Whichever side you wish to take, you can’t deny that it was extremely scandalous with a writer for The Guardian newspaper even going as far as calling it “the most controversial song of the decade.”
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