There's nothing blurred about R&B singer Robin Thicke’s hit single, which celebrates rape and objectifies women in a way that makes Robert Palmer's Addicted to Love video seem like child's play.
So far 'Blurred Lines' has sold over 645,000 singles and occupied the number one slot for three consecutive weeks in the Official UK Top 40 and is seeing similar heights in the U.S. and Canada. But it's high time someone out took notice and spoke out.
"Both the lyrics and the video seem to objectify and degrade women..." said Katie Russell, a spokeswoman for the UK charity Rape Crisis. "More disturbingly, certain lyrics are explicitly sexually violent and appear to reinforce victim-blaming rape myths, for example about women giving 'mixed signals' through their dress or behaviour, saying 'no' when they really mean 'yes' and so on."
While we don't want to add to fuel to the media fire, we urge you to turn the song off and do what you can to avoid generating sales for 'artists' like Thicke, who is part Canadian.
The 36-year-old's only defence was to admit in a GQ interview that all three members of his band are "happily married with children.”
"What a pleasure it is to degrade a woman. I’ve never gotten to do that before. I’ve always respected women," Thicke said, who tried to pass off the song as playful and cool.
Here are more lyrics from Blurred Lines
"So hit me up when you passing through
I'll give you something big enough to tear your ass in two
Swag on, even when you dress casual
I mean it's almost unbearable"
That's right; it is