Blurred Lines is a song recorded by Canadian-American R&B recording artist Robin Thicke for his 2013 album of the same name. The song features guest vocals from American rapper T.I. and American singer and producer Pharrell.
The single has peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, as well as topping the Billboard R&B Songs chart. It has also become Thicke's most successful song on the Billboard Hot 100, being his first to reach
number one. The song has been a worldwide hit, topping the charts in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland and the United Kingdom.
The music video was released on March 20, 2013, and was made in two versions; the first video features models Emily Ratajkowski, Jessi M'Bengue, and Elle Evans being topless, the second features them covered. The topless version of the video was
removed from YouTube on March 30, 2013, for violating the site's terms of service regarding nudity, though it was later restored, but flagged as restricted to adults.
Critics such as Tricia Romano of The Daily Beast suggested that the song and the music video trivialize sexual consent. She charges that many female fans were uncomfortable with both the song and the video. Her article quoted feminists who
interpreted the song's message as being promotion of rape culture because the title Blurred Lines and portions of the lyrics like I know you want it encourage the idea no doesn't always mean no and that some women who are raped are
asking for it. Criticism was also leveled at the song's video, which has been labelled eye-poppingly misogynist . Thicke said that the Diane Martel--directed video was tongue-in-cheek.
Three Auckland law students have made a parody version of Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines . The parody replaces the topless female models with topless men and changes the lyrics to voice their frustration at the claimed
sexualisation and subjection of women in the original. Example lines from Adelaide Dunn, Olivia Lubbock and Zoe Ellwood are: We're feeling the frustration, from all the exploitation...what you see on TV, doesn't speak equality, it's straight
The well made tongue-in-cheek satire, entitled Defined Lines , immediately went viral, but the irony of the message was clearly lost on some, as it was removed by YouTube after being reported for indecency and featuring inappropriate
content. It was later restored.
Its got a fair way to go to overhaul the original though, that has now racked up 17 million views.
Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines song has been banned from being played in any of the student union buildings at the University of Edinburgh.
EUSA vice president Kirsty Haigh said:
The decision to ban Blurred Lines from our venues has been taken as it promotes an unhealthy attitude towards sex and consent.
There is a zero tolerance towards sexual harassment, a policy to end lad culture on campus and a safe space policy - all of which this song violates.
Meanwhile The University of Leeds Student Union will no longer play the song in any of its five bars because it undermines and degrades women, the school's education officer, Alice Smart, claimed to the Independent.
Comment: When did student unions become so prudish
Dan asks: When did student unions become so prudish, censorious and downright Daily Mail? Well since they've been infested with middle class puritanical authoritarians who hide distaste of sexiness behind talk of feminism and women's rights.
Update: More unions join the ban. I wonder if they obtained the consent of their members?
Student Unions at Derby, West Scotland and Kingston have joined Leeds and Edinburgh from playing Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines on their premises.
Hollie O'Connor, president of the University of Derby Students' Union, whinged:
The song hugely objectifies woman and excuses rape culture. It is a man suggesting that there are 'blurred lines' when it comes to sexual consent and that is unacceptable. We felt we needed to take a stand.
All that grinding with topless ladies, twerking with Miley Cyrus has earnt US singer Robin Thicke a shiny new accolade, that of sexist of the year .
The Blurred Lines chart-topper received the title from the End Violence Against Women Coalition after the lyrics to his worldwide number one were deemed rapey by some critics.
More than 60 member groups of the coalition voted in the sexist of the year poll, which saw Prime Minister David Cameron come second -- the same slot he landed in last year.
Thicke's controversial video and sexist lyrics led to last summer's Blurred Lines being banned in more than 20 universities up and down the UK , with students' unions acting in an effort to end rape culture and lad banter on campus .
The End Violence Against Women Coalition's Sarah Green extended her heartfelt congratulations to a worthy winner .
But with so many organisations generously raising awareness for the single, then perhaps it was inevitable that Thicke's Blurred Lines would be a hit. In fact it was named this week as iTunes' best-selling single of 2013.