Music lovers cover your virgin ears. Tricia Romano of the Daily Beast says “‘Blurred Lines,’ Robin Thicke’s Summer Anthem, Is Kind of Rapey.” Romano cites several feminist bloggers, who criticize the provocative lyrics and nudity in unrated version of the music video.
Most of the ire is reserved for the carnal chorus: “I know you want it,” which is directed at the so-called “good girl.”
Lisa Huyne writes on Feminist in L.A, “Call me a cynic, but that phrase does not exactly encompass the notion of consent in sexual activity.”
Canadian model Amy Davison voiced her concerns in a YouTube video titled “Robin Thicke is a dick.” Davison has a problem with the nudity. Namely, there’s not enough of it.
“The women are clearly being used as objects to reinforce the status of the men in the video,” Davison explains. “The men have all the control and status because they are not vulnerable. They are completely covered. Whereas the women have no status and are totally open to be exploited ogled and used. It doesn’t jibe with me.”
Somehow unmentioned is an unambiguous scene where model Emily Ratajkowski is on all fours and gets mounted by a toy car, much to her surprise. In the unrated version, the naked model also has a stop sign on her butt. The symbolism is clear but there’s really no need to psychoanalyze whether the music video is degrading to women.
Thicke freely admits it in GQ:
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.’ So we just wanted to turn it over on its head and make people go, ‘Women and their bodies are beautiful. Men are always gonna want to follow them around.’
Thicke told TheFIX that he wanted make a campy video along the lines of Benny Hill but it was actually the female director’s idea for the girls to take their clothes off. He adds that his wife not only gave him permission but insisted on releasing it once she saw how hot it was.
The double standard of nudity was also addressed:
Nobody wants to see me with my clothes off right now, a few years ago maybe. And I have no idea what to do with the next video, how do you top Blurred Lines? Maybe everyone has to be naked? That’ll go over well.