It is with great sadness that I present this next Celebrity Frog feature - Mr. "Lost Without You" himself, Robin Thicke. Why, you ask? Robin Thicke's latest video, "Blurred Lines", features naked women prancing about as the objects of his "affection". We're talking nude thongs and a smile. Okay, bicycles, banjos and goats too. But that's besides the point. Thicke and crew (rappers T.I. and Pharell were in the video as well) were fully clothed in suits and loafers. Haven't seen the unrated version of the video? Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwT6DZCQi9k
Now here's the thing, I typically don't get up in arms about every politically incorrect occurrence in pop culture. If I did, I'd need a defibrillator and personal psychiatrist. However, I expected more from Robin Thicke. My expectations for someone who croons, "Hey Busta/ let's leave them girls rollin'/ and it looks like/ them asses is swollen" just aren't as high (call me crazy). Thicke seemed like a genuinely nice guy who was in tune with the female psyche. His display of blatant misogyny has proven me wrong.
On the other hand, "Blurred Lines" presents an interesting dichotomy. Women wouldn't be objectified as much if we didn't partake in these behaviors. This is the part where my feminist friends start clutching their pearls and hissing at my so-called blasphemy, but hear me out. I am well aware that women are not seen as equals. We can have the same degrees, same abilities and in some cases be more qualified than our male counterparts and still not have the same opportunities. Furthermore, saying we are oppressed and powerless is a load of crap. Robin Thicke, Pharell and T.I. didn't hold a gun to those girls' heads and say, "do this or else". I'm sure it was done willingly with no coercion necessary. Additionally, many feminists take things too far making statements like, "the lyrics sound rapey". Sexist, yes. Rapey - is that even a word? The bottom line is our bodies are under our control. We have power, and need to do a better job of activating it.
"Blurred Lines" is on my banned list, which is really hard because it's a catchy song. Such is life. S/n: 3:14 "Robin Thicke has a big d***" - really dude? Try #weak.