Robin Thicke is enjoying his spot on the top of the Billboard charts for his latest single “Blurred Lines,” and the success of a video generated more than 1 million views in the days following its release on Vevo. But the achievement hasn’t been without its share of controversy.
Critics took Robin to task for “rape-y lyrics” which blur the lines between consent and an undesired sexual act. The clip further emphasizes the song’s lyrical content by showing naked women parading around with sexually suggestive items (balloons spell out “Robin Thicke has a big d*ck”) as fully-clothed men prey on them.
The song and the accompanying visual have angered several feminists, but the woman who directed the video sees the clip as empowering. She told Grantland:
“I wanted to deal with the misogynist, funny lyrics in a way where the girls were going to overpower the men. Look at Emily Ratajkowski’s [the brunette] performance; it’s very, very funny and subtly ridiculing. That’s what is fresh to me. It also forces the men to feel playful and not at all like predators. I directed the girls to look into the camera, this is very intentional and they do it most of the time; they are in the power position. I don’t think the video is sexist. The lyrics are ridiculous, the guys are silly as fuck. That said, I respect women who are watching out for negative images in pop culture and who find the nudity offensive, but I find [the video] meta and playful.”
I’m not sure that the audience got the message of empowerment through these models’ camera stares. What are your thoughts on her vision for the video, Clutchettes? Did it translate in the clip?