‘Defined Lines’: Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ Parody that Trumps All Others [Video]

A group of young Auckland lawyers behind a controversial parody of Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines has done it again.

The video, titled Defined Lines, saw Adelaide Dunn, Olivia Lubbock and Zoe Ellwood play on gender stereotypes in the lyrics of the worldwide hit and replace Thicke’s topless female models with nearly naked men.

The clip has racked up almost 600,000 hits on YouTube and with reposts from other users is approaching the one million mark. This creation caused quite a stir, with more than 8000 comments on YouTube and nationwide media coverage.

Despite the original Blurred Lines clip, as well as Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance, still being available on YouTube, it appears the moderators found the parody a step too far. The video was removed this morning because of inappropriate content.

Thicke’s video, complete with topless cavorting models, remains on the website and has more than 17 million hits, with users needing to sign in to verify their age before viewing it.

Google spokesperson said the web giant does not comment on individual videos but it sometimes makes mistakes.

“With the massive volume of videos on our site, sometimes we make the wrong call. When it’s brought to our attention that a video or account has been mistakenly removed or suspended, we act quickly to reinstate it.”

The New Zealand parody takes aim at pop videos that objectify women, with students Zoe Ellwood, Olivia Lubbock and Adelaide Dunn singing: “What you see on TV/ Doesn’t speak equality/ It’s straight up misogyny.”

“The message really is just that we think that women should be treated equally, and as part of that, we’re trying to address the culture of objectifying women in music videos,” said Olivia Lubbock, a fifth year law student at Auckland University who is part of the group behind the video.

The video was part of the Law Revue, a show of 40 skits performed to 1500 people over three shows at SkyCity Theatre last week.

“We just want some people to think about the original video and some of the reactions people have had to it,” the group said at the time. “It is meant to be taken tongue in cheek.

Ms. Lubbock told TV ONE’s Breakfast: “We had a lot of fun making it and like I said it was part of a comedy sketch so it was always intended to be taken as a bit of a joke,” Ms. Lubbock said.

“It was intended for our friends and our family and fellow law students who came to the show so it’s really surprising that it’s this big,” she said. “I was kind of expecting maybe 10,000 hits and that’s it.”

Lubbock said that, although she didn’t completely understand why her video was removed from YouTube, she had a pretty good guess.

“It’s been flagged by users as inappropriate because of sexual content and stuff like that. My opinion is people don’t like the message behind it. It was meant to be a comedic sketch and the fact it’s been taken down is a massive double standard.”

On YouTube, the Auckland University Law Revue is described as “an annual comedy sketch show written and performed entirely by a cast of law students”.

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