I don’t often engage in social commentary on my blog and I feel like I should do this more. I always love having an open discussion and see how other people react – makes life just a little bit more interesting.
How many of you have heard the song Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell? No? View the video above and let me know your thoughts on the song. Let me know what was the first thing that came to into your head when you viewed it.
Today, at work, I was reading this article on the Guardian. It basically spoke about how a whole of people are in outrage over the songs lyrics/video. According to the article, around 20 student unions in the UK have already banned the songs playing at their clubs. One blogger called it a rape song and another referred to the song as ‘rapey’. This term quickly spread throughout media outlets.
Robin Thicke states that the whole premise of the song is how overconfident men get when trying to get with a girl in the club. This is often indicated by the multitude of references to the size of his penis throughout the song – because we all know guys boast about that sort of thing to try and impress a girl. It’s only recently that Robin Thicke has had to defend his song, for when it first came out it was just this catchy little pop tune.
Personally, I think the whole thing is ludicrous and blown way out of proportion. Sure, the video makes you feel a tad bit uncomfortable because of the semi-naked women parading around (there is an uncensored version) but personally, I don’t find it offensive because the women are looking straight at the camera and don’t seem at all ashamed of their body. Thicke has said that to portray the machoness men think they have, him, T.I. & Pharrell started goofing around acting like old men sitting on a porch, calling for the pretty girls walking by, “Hey, pretty lady! Whatchu saying?”.
If we take a look at the lyrics (which frankly shouldn’t really be over-analysed because it takes the fun out of what’s meant to be a catchy pop tune) in one verse he says, “I know you want it.” This to me doesn’t sound ‘rapey’ at all – more like the sort of things you hear a man who has a big ego say. It’s not exactly like the line is, “I know you want it… even if you don’t consent.” In another verse he says, “Go ahead, get at me.” Well, that seems to me like he’s giving the girl a choice of whether she wants to get with the guy or not. No?
Frankly, if you’re going to ban a song like this you might as well ban every other song as of late. All recent songs talk about sex, drugs and alcohol. This is nothing new, however, so I do not understand the large outcry to this song. I feel like other universities will be pressured into banning the song not because they find it inappropriate but because of the large widespread news.
Can I also point out that the song Don’t Cha by the Pussycat Dolls also has the line “I know you want it”? So, because a man said it it’s assumed rapey but when a woman says it it’s sexy? Is that it?
What are your thoughts?