Robin Thicke’s new song “Blurred Lines” has once again topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the second week in a row despite comments that the song and its video were “rapey”.
These comments come from the music video that features Thicke and accompanying artists T.I. and Pharrell Williams groping naked models. The video’s nudity has made YouTube ban the uncensored version. However racy the video is, the song itself has some questionable lyrics such as “I know you want it.” The two factors pushed together are asking for listeners to have worries and make comments about rape and misogamy.
In what was probably supposed to be an attempt to alleviate some people’s concerns, Thicke dug himself a deeper hole. “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 also defended his choice for nude girls by saying that he got permission from his wife before he went into it. This is coming from a man whose lyrics from years before have been “I want you so bad” and “You can keep your toys in the drawer tonight.”
Are his misogynistic lyrics really still surprising people?
Apart from the criticism, Pharrell is reeling in the success on the Billboard charts from the number one and the number two spots.
His collaboration with Daft Punk on “Get Lucky” jumped to the second spot making him the first singer in four years to be in the first and second spot on the charts. The Black Eyed Pes did the same thing with their hits “Boom Boom Pow” and “Live Your Life”.
“Blurred Lines” is number one in the UK as well, a first for the singer.