Robin Thicke on Criticism Over 'Blurred Lines': 'That's Ridiculous'
Robin Thicke has responded to the criticism that claims the lyrics of his "Blurred Lines" "seem to glamorize violence against women." In a recent interview with BBC1, the 36-year-old singer slammed the criticism, saying, "I can't even dignify that with a response, that's ridiculous."
Thicke then explained that the song referred to the blurred lines between men and women and also between a good girl and a bad girl. He continued, "For me it's about blurring the lines between men and women and how much we're the same. And the other side which is the blurred lines between a good girl and a bad girl, and even very good girls all have little bad sides to them."
Of the racy music video, which sees him, T.I. and Pharrell Williams being surrounded by three topless ladies, Thicke said, "It was actually the director's idea, Diane Martel. I had mentioned to her that I wanted to do a very funny and silly video, something like Benny Hill even is what I mentioned."
"And she said, 'Well, what if we have the girls take their clothes off?' And I said, 'Well, let's make sure we shoot two versions 'cause I don't want it to be sleazy," he continued. "I've always been a gentleman, I've been in love with the same woman since I was a teenager, so I don't want to do anything that's inappropriate."
Thicke was even against the idea of releasing the explicit version. "My initial response was I love the clothed version, I don't think we should put out the naked version." However, his wife, actress Paula Patton, had different opinion. "I showed it to my wife and all of her girlfriends and they said 'You have to put this out, this is so sexy and so cool,' " Thicke explained.
Last month, a spokeswoman for Rape Crisis, a charity that raises awareness and understanding of sexual violence, said that the lyrics and video to Thicke's "Blurred Lines" seemed to "objectify and degrade women, using misogynistic language and imagery that many people would find not only distasteful or offensive but also really quite old fashioned."
"More disturbingly, certain lyrics are explicitly sexually violent and appear to reinforce victim-blaming rape myths," the spokeswoman added.
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