The No. 1 song on the Billboard 100 for the last two weeks is in trouble with feminists. Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines” single is catching criticism for its misogynistic lyrics, and visuals. One writer is even calling it “kind of r-pey” and derogatory toward women.
A line from the song’s chorus, “Good girl, I know you want it,” has been criticized because the phrase insinuates nonconsensual s-xual activity. Furthermore, some women are outraged at the song’s messages and video’s images, as they may promote r-pe, and negatively, expose women’s bodies. In the music video, which features Pharell Williams and T.I, the boys are parading around topless women stripped down to their nude thongs. The clip was even too raunchy for YouTube, as it was banned due to the nudity.
A writer from Los Angeles who runs the blog Feminist in LA , Lisa Huyn, had some criticizing words for the 36-year-old singer. “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 s-xual activity.”
The falsetto crooner defended his chart topper and video in an interview with GQ magazine last month. “Because all three [artists in the video] are happily married with children, we were like, ‘We’re the perfect guys to make fun of this.” said Thicke. “People say, ‘Hey, do you think this is degrading to women?’ I’m like, ‘Of course it is. What a pleasure it is to degrade a woman. I’ve never gotten to do that before. I’ve always respected women.'”
Music, particularly urban Pop, Hip-Hop, and R&B, has always contained highly misogynistic messages and images of female objectification. It seems these days the lines are being blurred and crossed more than ever before. Back in April, rapper Rick Ross sparked controversy over his lyrics on Rocko’s “U.O.E.N.O” where he rapped about drugging and r-ping a woman.
Thicke, just like Ross, can potentially lose endorsement deals and other pricey opportunities because of the backlash.