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?



  • Mr. Man

    What a corny goof ball video…..
    Oh, What’s the issue again I forget.

  • Kay

    It didn’t seem as empowering as he envisioned, at least not in my opinion. All the girls paraded around while the men were in the background ogling them and playing with their hair. They were just as objectified. So it seemed like any other music video to me. *shrugs*

  • London

    I agree with Kay. The song is cute and catchy. I didn’t feel like the lyrics were offensive. But I have to admit that the video was a little uncomfortable to watch. There’s no storyline. The men are fully clothed, but the women are half naked; happily prancing around the men to get their attention. The women have no voice or show no power not even in their actions. Perhaps, that’s what deters me away from this video. I am surprised a woman directed this. Shame on her.

    I don’t know. Maybe it’s me and I’m just getting old. At age 29, I can definitely feel my taste in pop culture is changing. I can’t tell if things are truly offensive, or is it me just being an old foogy.

  • mEE

    I feel like I’m sensitive, maybe overly sensitive, to lyrics/images that shift into that area of condoning rape or unwanted sexual behavior. after reading the articles about the lyrics then watching the video, I still don’t really understand what the issue is.
    I wouldn’t go as far as the director and say the video is empowering. but I definitely don’t see the video or song as one that’s exceptionally problematic. I might be missing something…

    I will say though that I wish people would stop using the term “rape-y”. we’re grown ups and when we’re talking about serious issues like rape, there’s no need to dumb it down or make it cutesy. THAT offends me.

  • Jennifer

    So a woman lighting a cigarette for Robin Thicke and him blowing smoke into another woman’s face until she coughs is “empowering”? And having a girl walk in front of T. I. for him to follow her and stare at her ass is “empowering”? If they girls looked into the camera with bitchface as if to say “can you fucking believe I’m prancing around doing this shit?” then maybe it would be slightly empowering. But making pouty seductive faces at the camera was this director’s excuse for saying her video is “empowering”? Please. Cue eye roll. I don’t think this music video is any more or less controversial than any other one. It’s a bunch of fully clothed guys with naked girls dancing around them. It’s nothing special. But what pisses me off is that the director tries to pass it off as “empowering.” In the words of Inigo Montoya: You use the word “empower.” I do not think it means what you think it means.

  • mluv

    While I do like the song, the explicit video threw me off a little. I didn’t like how the girls were dancing around with their breast out, along side men who have the “lustful”eye lol. empowering, no. As much as I like robin thicke and pharelle, it just seems like he was doing this for attention.(What celeb doesn’t want attention) Apparently their wifes were all ok with these chicks walking and dancing around half-naked in a video… call me confused but I just don’t see the point lol

  • chanela17

    why are they girls and not women?

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