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It seems impossible that anyone with the faintest interest in popular culture could have missed either the song or the controversy, but here is a recap. In April, one blogger branded it a "rape song"and two months later Tricia Romano of the Daily Beast described it as "rapey"a word that caught fire in other media outlets.
How do you stop your kids being exposed to it? Explicit Lyrics on offending albums. They pointedly replaced it on the album with a new song called Freedom of Speech. If the MTV generation was the first to be exposed to the power of music videos, then the YouTube generation is the first to understand those videos in the context of social media and online discourse.
Cultural consumers have never been more attuned to the messages, both explicit and implicit, embedded in popular artforms. Arguments about racism, misogyny and cultural appropriation that used to thrive primarily in academia are now mainstream.
Many people who follow pop music closely, however, are surprised that Blurred Lines has become such a lightning rod.
The video is another matter. 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.
The lyrics are ridiculous, the guys are silly as fuck. When Miley Cyrus appeared naked in the Wrecking Ball video, critics assumed director Terry Richardson was calling the shots, yet in the case of Blurred Lines the blame for the video falls on Thicke.
This is just one of the ways in which the battle lines are themselves blurred. While the members of the PMRC were affronted by heavy metal as well as hip-hop — their original "Filthy Fifteen" blacklist featured only three black artists — the current focus is overwhelmingly on urban music.
One critic, who asked to be quoted anonymously, says: What about Katy Perry or Gaga or Miley? What about rock music?
In the case of Blurred Lines, many listeners came to the song via the controversy and therefore had an opinion before they had a reaction. And it starts a public discussion. I remember the cred bestowed on any hip-hop record with an explicit-lyrics sticker back in the 90s. New US chart rules, which count YouTube views as well as sales, provide an enhanced incentive to produce attention-grabbing videos, creating a kind of outrage arms race.
What you do and say with it has a lot of weight. There are a lot of shock tactics these days: It seems like a domino effect: If anything, it will make the actions more outrageous so more people talk about them.
They have so much charisma and dynamism that they are riveting without having to strip down. If pop music has created a problem, then only pop music can solve it.A Feminist Takedown of Robin Thicke, And Anyone Who Thinks There's Something "Blurry" About Sexism By Elizabeth Plank | July 24, If you have ears, you've heard the song "Blurred Lines.".
“Blurred Lines” created a sensation in , not only for catchy music that led to the sale of nearly 15 million singles, but also for lyrics and a video that Robin Thicke himself admitted in an interview in the magazine GQ are degrading to women.
(He later said that the admission was an ironic joke, and that in fact the lyrics and the. Jun 18, · Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' Dubbed 'Rapey,' Hit Song Under Fire From Critics. do you think this is degrading to women?" I'm like, "Of course it is.
What do you think of Robin Thicke's. Robin Thicke, the smooth singer His new track “Blurred Lines” just became the No.
Jul 26, · Blurred lines: Why can’t women dance provocatively and still be empowered? The summer's most controversial feel-good song, Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines, has been accused of objectifying women. Jul 26, · I hate these blurred lines. Why would Robin Thicke write such an atrocious song, along with co-writer Pharrell Williams? Was it an attempt at satire gone terribly wrong? Not so, it turns out. Jul 27, · If you have ears, you've heard the song "Blurred Lines." If you have eyes, you've seen the explicit video. If you have a mouth, you've had a conversation about it.
1 song on iTunes and Billboard’s Hot , after being released in late March. which uses Thicke’s. Jul 26, · Blurred lines: Why can’t women dance provocatively and still be empowered?
The summer's most controversial feel-good song, Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines, has been accused of objectifying women. “Blurred Lines” was the most popular and controversial song of the year It is a single produced by Pharrell Williams and performed by American recording artists Robin Thicke, TI, and Pharrell.