If you have a radio, or two ears for that matter, you've probably heard 'Blurred Lines' by Robin Thicke. When I first heard it, it was in June. My 12-year-old cousin was playing it in her room at our lake house, and as I passed by, I couldn't help but listen in. The beat was very catchy and felt very funky, very 1970s. Although I didn't know the lyrics, I found myself humming it the next few days. It was then I decided to look up a lyric video... That's when my opinion of the song changed.
You're a good girl
Can't let it get past me
You're far from plastic
Talk about getting blasted
I hate these blurred lines
I know you want it
I know you want it
I was instantly disgusted.
This song, which has been topping the charts for 12 weeks straight, is basically justifying rape simply because the girl is so "good", she's blurring the lines of consent. Can I repeat that? The "blurred lines" that Thicke speaks of are the blurred lines of consent. This song and it's popularity spreads the horrible message that even if you are not clear on someone's consent, you should still pressure them for sex. The lyrics are frightfully misogynistic, appallingly sexist and propagate rape culture to the extreme... Robin Thicke, this is 2013, not 1913.
Now onto the video.
I don't even know where to begin.
There are many beautiful girls in this video. Now, beautiful girls and music videos go hand in hand. However, not many music videos blatantly objectify their female stars like Mr. Thicke's.
If you haven't seen the video yet, here's a basic idea of what the entire video consists of.
Now don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with the female body- Absolutely nothing wrong with it. However, these girls were objects of desire and nothing more. They were simply there to dance around topless and in nude g-strings. The video could have been perfectly fine as the original version, which had the girls wearing white ensembles, but no... They had to dehumanize the models for the commodification of breasts.
Don't even get me started on the whole "#thicke" campaign.
This song, while being dubbed the "song of the summer", should really be called "The borderline rape anthem of the century".
It's a shame that such a catchy beat had to be turned into something so damaging.
What are your opinions on 'Blurred Lines' and Robin Thicke?