Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" has gone to No. 1 in 14 countries and its accompanying video has been watched by nearly 100 million people. But the song has also prompted some people to accuse the singer of promoting rape via the title, NSFW video and suggestive lyrics.
"The song is about how a girl really wants crazy wild sex but doesn’t say it—positing that age-old problem where men think no means yes into a catchy, hummable song," wrote Tricia Romano in Newsweek.
Added The Frisky's Julie Gerstein: "Nevertheless, this video has it all: barenaked models dancing poorly, T.I. pulling a lady’s hair, blatant references to the size of Robin Thicke’s penis, and the line, 'You’re a good girl, I know you want it,' which isn’t the slightest bit rape-y or anything."
In a recent interview with BBC's Radio 1 (via The Hollywood Reporter), Thicke responded to the allegations. "I think they should all ... I can't even dignify that with a response; that's ridiculous," the singer said.
He later added that the video should only be controversial to "extra-religious people." "I've always been a gentleman," said Thicke. "I've been with the same woman since I was a teenager. So I don't want to do anything that's inappropriate."
In an interview with GQ last month, Thicke defended the video, claiming it flips traditional taboos. "We tried to do everything that was taboo," Thicke said. "Bestiality, drug injections, and everything that is completely derogatory towards women. Because all three of us are happily married with children, we were like, 'We're the perfect guys to make fun of this.'
"People say, 'Hey, do you think this is degrading to women?' I'm like, 'Of course it is. What a pleasure it is to degrade a woman. I've never gotten to do that before. I've always respected women.' So we just wanted to turn it over on its head and make people go, 'Women and their bodies are beautiful. Men are always gonna want to follow them around.'"