Despite there’are numerous parodies on Robin Thicke’s music video “Blurred Lines,”Â the latest parody, created by Mod Carousel,Â is one of the cleverest and thought-provoking.
The Seattle-based boylesque troupe, shot their own vision of the video starring Caela Bailey, Sydni Devereux and Dalisha Phillips on vocals, replacing the original video’s Thicke, Pharrell and T.I., respectively.
Carousel’s own Trojan Original, Paris Original and the Luminous Pariah performed the half-clothed models present in the Thicke video.
The lyrics are tweaked a bit, too. “I’m going to take a good boy,” Bailey sings, adding, “You’re just so manly. … You’re the hottest d**k in this place.”
“Later, the balloons that Thicke’s original video used to spell out “Robin Thicke Has A Big D” have been replaced with a balloon message that reads “R Balloons Sex,” reports The Huffington Post.
“Other props in the new video include a stuffed tiger, a stationary bike, a giant sword and a race car – all put to good use by members of the Mod Carousel troupe, who are decked out in heels, thongs and some expertly applied makeup.”
The original video, which earlier topped the Billboard’s Hot 100,Â has been highly criticized as disparaging to women and even “rape-y.”
The video’s director,Â Diane Martel, tried to justify the team who shot ‘Blurred Lines’ and defended the video’s use of female nudity, claiming that the models are actually “subtly ridiculing” the men.
“I wanted to deal with the misogynist, funny lyrics in a way where the girls were going to overpower the men,” she explained at the time.
“Look at Emily Ratajkowskiâ€™s performance; itâ€™s very, very funny and subtly ridiculing. Thatâ€™s what is fresh to me. It also forces the men to feel playful and not at all like predators.”
“I directed the girls to look into the camera, this is very intentional and they do it most of the time; they are in the power position. I donâ€™t think the video is sexist. The lyrics are ridiculous, the guys are silly as fuck. That said, I respect women who are watching out for negative images in pop culture and who find the nudity offensive, but I find [the video] meta and playful,” she added.
Ratajkowski later confirmed all the mentioned above toÂ Esquire, saying that the models were “directed to have a sort of confidence, a sarcastic attitude about the whole situation. That eye contact and that attitude really puts us in a power situation.”
However, it looks likeÂ not everyone is quite soldÂ on the effectiveness of this so-called female empowerment.
When describing its parody on YouTube, Mod Carousel addresses some of its own concerns with the original “Blurred Lines.”
“It’s our opinion that most attempts to show female objectification in the media by swapping the genders serve more to ridicule the male body than to highlight the extent to which women get objectified and does everyone a disservice,” the group explains.
“We made this video specifically to show a spectrum of sexuality as well as present both women and men in a positive light, one where objectifying men is more than alright and where women can be strong and sexy without negative repercussions.”