[OPINION] "Blurred Lines": Harmless Fun or Blatant Sexism?
"Blurred Lines" has been reigning the charts as an early summer anthem, with the help of a ridiculously catchy beat and Robin Thicke's falsetto. But what does the song really say?
Many people have pointed out how misogynistic the song really is, in addition how the music video portrays women (in the original version, the supermodels are topless).
Zayda Rivera of the NY Daily News says Robin Thicke has "blurred the line between respect and derogation toward women." River also cites Tricia Romano of The Daily Beast, who wrote that the song “positing that age-old problem where men think no means yes into a catchy, hummable song.”
Controversial include: “Talk about getting blasted, I hate these blurred lines, I know you want it, but you’re a good girl, the way you grab me, must want to get nasty.”
Robin Thicke responded to this backlash, saying the song is ironic because he, TI, and Pharrell are all married with kids, it's okay to make fun of this attitude towards women. This quote made it even worse for some, while for others, confirmed that the song is just fun.
Romano says in her Daily Beast article that Frannie Kelley, an editor at NPR Music, "feels more violated by people trying to tell me that that song and video is problematic than I do by that song and video. Honestly.” Others say that nudity is the farthest thing from being offensive, citing that it's actually beautiful and that it's an artform.
Justin Timberlake's "Tunnel Vision" has been facing a similar backlash. Policy Mic says:
"Both the "Blurred Lines" and "Tunnel Vision" videos cast their respective females in extremely similar roles. The women don't seem to be doing anything. They seem to simply be. They have been cast to gaze at and admire." Basically, the women are being objectified, their roles in the videos simply reduced to showing off their bodies.
So what do you think? Are people overreacting, or do they have a legitimate reason to be offended?