I recently read an article stating that Robin Thicke’s song ‘Blurred Lines’ has become the most downloaded track in British music history, which I think really says a lot about the odd mentality of Britain.Thankfully, instead of skating around the issues which surround the track, the article points out that despite the songs success, it was “banned at several universities after campaigners said the lyrics were sexist.”
However, Sexism isn’t really the problem. Sexism is prejudice or discrimination based on sex. And that’s not really what Robin Thicke is doing. The song is in fact; misogynistic, chauvinistic, and promotes rape culture. And that’s an issue that not a lot of the media addresses, possibly because they don’t want to offend singers by calling them out on their rape-promoting songs.
Thankfully, comedians aren’t quite as worried about the repercussions and are free to give their honest opinions. Which is why I loved the most recent Big Fat Quiz of the Year:
Now, I’ve seen a lot of articles about how the song relates to rape culture due to my time spent studying criminology, but I know a lot of the general public haven’t and in general it’s just viewed as being a catchy pop song. Essentially, by promoting the attitude that “no” isn’t actually a no because ‘you know she wants it’ means that the song is promoting an unhealthy attitude towards consent where the ‘blurred lines’ constitute a justification for assaulting women. Unfortunately, until the media allows themselves to talk about the actual underlying messages of these songs, people are just going to be ignorant of its effects.
If you haven’t seen it already, go watch the Law Revue Girls parody ‘Defined Lines‘. I’m hoping that the more exposure parodies like this get, the more people will be aware of how creepy Robin Thicke actually is.