Blurred Lines Controversy

Women all over the country have protested about the real meaning to Robin Thicke’s song

Ariana Afshar

News Editor

    Earlier this year, singer Robin Thicke came out with his well known single “Blurred Lines”, hitting top 10 on the charts in less than a week, according to billboard.com.

    The day the song came out, it became a huge hit nation wide. “Blurred Lines has reached number one in 14 countries,” according to nbcnews.com. Played on more than half of the radio stations, people soon came to realize the lyrics that were used in this song and the “real” meaning in them.

    In the course of the song, the word “you know you want it” was restated 18 times. Many women say that these lyrics are connected to the “rape culture”, and that they give the message that the culture is okay. Another lyric used in this song is “I feel so lucky, You wanna hug me,what rhymes with hug me?” This specific lyric also gives the vibe for sexual contact.

    There are two types of this music video, one that is “unrated” and another one with the regular song title. The reason Thicke had one of the videos put as “unrated” was because there were topless girls “dancing” near him. Many people claimed it to be very sexual. He also had a poster behind him saying “Robin Thicke has a big ****”.

     “I really don’t like the song, it makes me feel incredibly uncomfortable and don’t even get me started on the music video,” junior Emily Sauer said.

   Thicke, who is married to an American actress Paula Patton, previously defended the lyrics and video in a GQ blog. He said the song was acceptable  “because all three [artists in the video] are happily married with children”.

    According to nbcnews.com, “Five British universities have banned Robin Thicke’s hit single “Blurred Lines” from campus bars, amid claims it “excuses rape culture.””

    “Although the song is incredibly catchy, it’s not something I would personally listen to,” junior Samar Barakat said. “I don’t like the way Robin Thicke approached with this song and I feel like it really brings girls/women down.”

    As people started to listen to this song, they came up with various types of parodies. Melinda Hughes, a girl power comedienne from LA, has created a parody video sharing feminist responses to Thicke’s controversial song. In the parody, she had the hashtag “#douche” enlarged on the screen more than half of the time. Another parody by law students from Auckland, New Zealand, called it “Defined Lines.” It replaces the naked women with men, and the original lyrics with refrains such as “every bigot shut up.”

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