Robin Thicke spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Blurred Lines,” featuring T.I. and Pharrell. “Lines” started its second week as No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and a fifth week atop the R&B Songs chart.
Even though the unrated version of the video was banned from YouTube, it continues to shine with its full naked glory on Vevo.
In the video one can enjoy the view of three gorgeous models, Emily Ratajkowski, Jessi M’Bengue, and Elle Evans, wearing nothing but shoes and nude-hued thongs, as they cavort and dance and flirt with Thicke, Pharrell, and T.I., who are all fully clothed.
Other parts of the video see T.I. brushing Emily Ratajkowski’s hair and a blonde woman lighting Robin’s cigarette before he blows smoke in her face.
In addition, silver balloons spell out “Robin Thicke has a big d” and verse three of the song’s lyrics are: “I’ll give you something big enough to tear your a** in two.”
Actually the lyrics of the song set fire to criticism and discussion of “Blurred Lines”. The words like “I know you want it,” which when coupled with the racy video, have led some to call the song “rapey.”
UK rape charity and online commentators for trivialising sexual violence has criticized the R&B artist for objectifying women and “reinforcing rape myths”, reports the Independent.
A spokeswoman for Rape Crisis, Katie Russell, claimed: “The lyrics of ‘Blurred Lines’ seem to glamourise violence against women and to reinforce rape myths, which we strive to dispel.
“Both the lyrics and the video seem 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.”
Although before shooting the “Lines” music video Thicke said had asked his wife, actress Paula Patton, for permission before working with the naked women. Sweet, ha.
The 36-year-old happily married Thicke defended criticism of the video in an interview with GQ magazine claiming the video did not denigrate women “because all three [artists in the video] are happily married with children”.
He didn’t exactly smooth things over when asked about his detractors: “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.'”
Thicke has insisted, a bit guilelessly, that by having the women naked, he was pushing the boundaries.
“We pretty much wanted to take all the taboos of what you’re not supposed to do—bestiality, you know, injecting a girl in her bum with a five-foot syringe—I just wanted to break every rule of things you’re not supposed to do and make people realize how silly some of these rules are.”
Blurred Lines will appear on the performer’s sixth album which is due out on July 30 – the singer whose sound is based on R & B is known for his bedroom grooves and his number one hits like Lost Without U and Sex Therapy, says the Daily Mail.