Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' Promotes Rape Just Like So Many Songs Before It (VIDEO)

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Robin Thicke

Robin Thicke is known as a crooner of love songs -- but rape songs? That's what critics are saying about his latest hit "Blurred Lines." The song, as The Daily Beast puts it, "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." Some sample lyrics:

I know you want it / You're a good girl / Can't let it get past me / You're far from plastic / Talk about getting blasted / I hate these blurred lines / I know you want it.

Hmm. No wonder some people are nicknaming the song "rapey."

The video doesn't help matters, as Robin murmurs, "You know you want it" over and over into the ears of various much younger, half-naked, bored-looking women.

Hey, no one ever said rock-'n'-roll (or R&B or whatever Robin is) was politically correct. In fact, music seems to be able to still get away with the kind of thing that no one can say in print, on Twitter, or in interviews. Maybe that's because lyrics are usually just a byproduct of the melody -- as long as you can dance to it, you can say pretty much anything. Besides, who can understand lyrics anyway?

But is Robin's song promoting "rape culture"? Insinuating that the lines between "yes" and "no" are blurred would certainly lend itself to that conclusion. But let's face it: Men and women do like to tease each other. I've said no to guys I had every intention of saying yes to later. That's part of the game. Part of the chase. The line is crossed when a guy says "I'm not listening to your no" as I'm saying it. Anyway, this would hardly be the first or last song about rape, if indeed that is even what it's about. Others have been much more straightforward.

I remember listening to lots of music as a kid -- and not taking the lyrics seriously. "Papa Don't Preach" didn't make me want to run out and become a teen mom. I'm not sure I even knew what Madonna was talking about.

The day that music is toned down to the point where it could be played at any political correctness rally would be a sad day.

There are probably kids who go straight to the lyric sheet and memorize the words of songs and perhaps try to act according to what their favorite singer is singing about. But that's what parents are for, right? To keep kids away from certain songs? Or to explain to them that that isn't real life?

As for us adults, if listening to a Robin Thicke song turns you into a rapist, then anything would have.

Do you think song is really about rape?

 

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Irela... Ireland69

i love the beat to the this song! we can't blame everything for something someone wants to do don't need anything to influence people what they been wanting to do.  i remember when i was growing up i would sing songs and now that I'm older I get what it was saying and I'm surprised and that was then.

LadyM... LadyMinni

It's one of my favorite songs right now and I don't get "rape" from it. It seems more like maybe they're already having sex, but he wants her to try something kinkier. She'll "talk about getting blasted" to do it, but he doesn't want the "blurred lines" of her being drunk. The first time my fiance and I were going to try something... ehem... potentially painful I wanted to get a little buzzed first. It was the only time I can remember wanting to drink. He told me right then that he would never, ever have sex with me if I was drunk, I can quote this exactly, "because it blurs the line of consent." Oh I was going to do it, I wanted to do it, even though I had good-girl reservations.


At very most he was trying to convince a woman to sleep with him, she was teasing him, and he hates the blurred lines between a woman saying no and meaning yes, and saying no and meaning no. Women shouldn't say no if they mean yes, it sets a bad example.

nonmember avatar theresa

This is one of my favorite songs.

This song is about mixed messages that some woman send to men. You need to get a life if that is what u get from it you need to clean out your ears .

nonmember avatar theresa

This is one of my favorite songs.

This song is about mixed messages that some woman send to men. You need to get a life if that is what u get from it you need to clean out your ears .

nonmember avatar theresa

This is one of my favorite songs.

This song is about mixed messages that some woman send to men. You need to get a life if that is what u get from it you need to clean out your ears .

Brian Apple

Robin Thicke sounds like a douchebag in interviews. Creepy.

craft... craftycatVT

I totally don't get why people like him. He's not a good singer at all! And you can just tell that he thinks he's the s***!

nonmember avatar Teri

Are you kidding me!!?? I think this is more about a white man with a kick a$$ song!! So the other songs about pole dancing and 'backing that a$$ up' are love songs? There are so many misogynistic songs out there today it's not even funny.

He's talking about blurred lines, because as a good girl, yea, I want it, but I'm still a good girl. So, there ARE blurred lines. The other bad girls just give it away to whomever is wearing a pair of jeans and a smile. I can't even call them Wh0ores. They are volunteer prostitutes, and they don't have any respect for themselves. It makes it hard on the 'good girls' because we stand our ground and don't sleep around.

Now, the 'unrated' version of this is just disgusting, and the women are walking by nude. It just shows you that the only way to get someone's attention is to be naked. Sad that men have such pea brains...and can't focus on anything unless a woman has her breasts in his face.

But the clean version is just fine. Shame on Thicke for making the unrated version. It shows little of him, and when you have to put in bold letters that you have a big 'd*ck' then you don't have one....

Ciao!

nonmember avatar Dray

Who is calling this the Rapey song? I travel from coast to coast and internationally and in many social circles. I have not heard one person or group call it that besides you, I think you are just trying to stir something to promote your website. What a joke!!

nonmember avatar Chrissy

@ Teri:

You're calling women who choose to have sex "prostitutes" and say they make it harder for "good girls who don't want to give it up", thus holding other women responsible for men who refuse to respect a woman's choice not to have sex? Do you realize how INSANELY misogynistic your comment is, more than any song from a male artist in recent memory? Your comment is the epitome of slut-shaming, and you really ought to be ashamed of yourself. Enjoying sex with as many people as you want does not mean you lack self respect. You don't get to decide what is the appropriate amount of partners one should have. That's entirely your business if you choose not to sleep around, but you're not morally superior to those that do. Step out of the 19th century and leave that disgusting and sex negative mentality behind. You're a disgrace to your gender by continuing to perpetuate it.

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