Robin Thicke’s Mom Doesn’t Think She Raised A Sexist Pig, And He’s Pretty Sure He’s A Feminist Icon
I know there are a lot of people out there who are offended by Robin Thicke‘s hit, Blurred Lines.Â His mother is here to tell you all to calm down. She thinks the song and the video accompanying it is “playful” and “very funny.”
She told WHOA!,Â “I have known, of course, for many years how playful my son is. He loves to be a little naughty.” Personally, I think a lot of pop music has lecherous undertones – Blurred Lines is no exception. I have to admit that I am too busy dancing every time I hear it to be offended. Do I have to turn in my feminist card now? As my editor KoaÂ Beck put it, “I am capable of complex thoughts, after all.”
What is really hilarious though, is the way he’s chosen to spin the bad press. This is what he told Savannah Guthrie on the Today Show when she asked him if he could understand the controversy around his song:
“Yeah, but I think that’s what great art does. It’s supposed to stir conversation, it’s supposed to make us talk about what’s important and what the relationship between men and women is, but if you listen to the lyrics it says ‘That man is not your maker’ â€” it’s actually a feminist movement within itself.”
Ha! It’s a feminist movement! Sorry Robin, no, it’s not. It’s also hilarious that when defending the song, both the artist – and the artist’s mother in this case – keep feeling like it’s necessary to point out that all the artists behind the song are married with children. As if there has never existed a married misogynist.
Rape culture exists and I am not belittling it. I just think the boobs in the video combined with the suggestive lyrics made everyone lose their mind. I can understand a mom defending her son. I can’t understand her son insisting he produced the next feminist anthem.
There’s a solution to the debate around this song. Watch this version instead. It’s one Jimmy Fallon and the Roots performed – and Black Thought produced some better lyrics. They all sit around playing elementary school instruments and being generally adorable. Way more entertaining than boobs.