By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Robin Thicke might finally be getting the shine he so rightfully deserves with his hit single “Blurred Lines,” but that doesn’t mean the R&B singer isn’t catching some flak for its pretty sexy lyrics. In fact, some feminist groups are angry with the singer because they feel the song’s lyrics promote rape. It also didn’t help matters that the uncensored music video was so in your face and laced with loads of very blatant sexual references. The song might be a hit and Robin’s biggest one to date, but the chatter surrounding the lyrics is growing louder each day it moves up the charts. The Hollywood Reporter writes:
Blogger Lisa Huynh of Feminist in LA ranted in April, “Has anyone heard Robin Thicke’s new rape song? Basically, the majority of the song…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.”
Critics, and offended listeners, have also pointed out his excessive NSFW use of near-naked models in the music video, released on YouTube in March, only to be banned from the site for obvious nudity. In the unrated version of the video, topless girls strut and dance around the three fully clothed performers — Thicke, producer Pharell, and rapper T.I. — as Thicke sings to them, “I know you want it.” The unrated Vevo video currently has less than 500,000 views, a far cry from the censored YouTube version, which has accumulated over 50 million views on Thicke’s channel and has received near universal fan acclaim.
We’ve posted the video below. Do you agree with the song’s critics? Is the song a little bit on the “rapey” side or are these feminists just reaching?