Watch your language: Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” excuses rape

When an artist feels the need to tell men, women and children “I know you want it” 18 times in one song, he excuses rape.

Photo credit: Creative Commons
Photo credit: Creative Commons

Robin Thicke’s single “Blurred Lines” led 12 weekly Billboard Hot 100 charts to be named “Song of the Summer” for this year. Combined, the censored and uncensored videos gleaned more than 196 million YouTube views.

However, the only line Thicke blurred is between consensual sex and rape.

Photo credit: Creative Commons
Photo credit: Creative Commons

In an interview on the Today Show, Thicke said he considered the song a “feminist movement in itself,” quoting only one line “this man is not your maker.”

Consider the rest of the song.  The chorus alone says, “The way you grab me/ must wanna get nasty,” dismissing any need for consent. These lyrics alone imply that any physical contact between man and woman calls for sex.

So, according to Thicke, bumping into someone means they’re owed a good, sweaty romp in the alley.

Degrading sex to match the degradation of the woman.

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If Thicke calls his partners “far from plastic,” why does he dehumanize them by omitting their right to mutual, consent to sex?

He goes as far to say “I’m gon’ take a good girl,” implying that the naivety of a virginal partner would make her more likely to agree to something she didn’t want to do.

So, as long as he justifies it, rape is no big deal.

Before turning up the volume, consider the message Thicke’s song perpetuates.

Rape is rape. There’s no excusing it.


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