April 17, 2014


Robin Thicke Named "Sexist of the Year" by Women's Coalition

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Kristian Dowling/Getty Images

Despite months of defending accusations that "Blurred Lines" is not "rape-y" nor degrading toward womenRobin Thicke has been named Sexist of the Year by the UK's End Violence Against Women Coalition.

The Guardian reports that the coalition, which represents more than 60 women's groups, polled its members with Thicke coming out on top thanks to lyrics "suggesting date rape is acceptable" in "Blurred Lines" and its video featuring naked, dancing models

The coalition cited select past quotes from Thicke, including a comment to GQ: "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.'" 

In fairness of full-disclosure, the coalition forgot to add the quote that followed. "I've always respected women," Thicke told GQ. "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.'" In the same interview, Thicke said, "Because [Pharrell, T.I. and I] are happily married with children, we were like, 'We're the perfect guys to make fun of this.'"

The End Violence Against Women Coalition, however, doesn't see Thicke's song in that light. "Sexism might be de rigeur for some music industry 'creatives' but the times they are a-changin,'" said Sarah Green of the Coaltion. "Our heartfelt congratulations to a worthy winner Robin Thicke for both his concerted sexist efforts, and, in the end, the platform he created for rejection of the use of women as objects to promote mediocre pop." 

The group added that it would be sending the soul singer a voucher to download Aretha Franklin's "Respect" as a prize. Zing!