Robin Thicke Responds to Backlash Over "Blurred Lines"

Robin Thicke

Robin Thicke Responds to Backlash Over "Blurred Lines"

Singer calls criticism of song "ridiculous."

Published July 11, 2013

Robin Thicke has heard the criticism of his No. 1 hit song "Blurred Lines," and he thinks it's "ridiculous." Thicke's single, produced by Pharrell Williams and featuring T.I., was called derogatory and promoting rape, but unlike Rick Ross, the "blue eyed soul singer" has no intentions of bowing down.

Lyrics like "Good girl, I know you want it,” could be easily misinterpreted, and Thicke didn't help things by joking that the Diane Martel-directed music video (featuring scantily clad or half-naked models dancing around in sky-high heels and pontytails) was meant to objectify women. "People say, 'Hey, do you think this is degrading to women?" I'm like, "Of course it is," the 36-year-old told GQ magazine last month.

"What a pleasure it is to degrade a woman. I've never gotten to do that before. I've always respected women."

Blogger Lisa Hyun of Feminist in LA took issue with the married father whispering "I know you want it" on the track. "Call me a cynic," Hyun wrote. "But that phrase does not exactly encompass the notion of consent in sexual activity.”

Now, Thicke says he's over the criticism, and when asked about the controversy during a visit to the BBC, refused to respond. "I can't even dignify that with a response," he said. "That's ridiculous."

Even without the controversy, "Blurred Lines" is a certified hit, topping Billboard's Hot 100, Pop Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. is your #1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music.

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Written by Latifah Muhammad


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