What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Robin Thicke's sexually explicit single "BLURRED LINES," featuring T.I. and Pharrell, is way too mature for tweens and young teens. With lines like "he don't smack that ass and pull your hair for you," and references to drugs, this song is definitely for an older audience. The lyrics contain multiple uses of profanity, including "bitch" and "ass." The track also has two different music videos, one explicit and one clean, though both versions are pretty racy. The explicit version shows topless women wearing only skin-colored thongs and the clean version has them wearing tops, but still very little clothing.
What's the story?
Robin Thicke has teamed up with T.I. and Pharrel on his single "BLURRED LINES," which features graphic lyrics and chauvinistic themes. The song's beats are sampled from Marvin Gaye's "Got To Give It Up." The trio made two music videos for the single, one clean and one explicit, both featuring models dancing around the men, posing with farm animals, and having their hair brushed. The explicit version shows the women topless and in thongs while the clean version throws on bikini tops and booty shorts.
Is it any good?
If you're a Prince fan, you'll probably love "Blurred Lines." Thicke croons the sexy verses in his classic falsetto, which is perfectly balanced with the funky beat. It's a catchy song with an irresistible rhythm. And the videos are so ridiculous and over-the-top that you can't help but be amused. You can tell Thicke and crew had fun making it.
But this is clearly a song and video to be enjoyed by adults who aren't easily offended. It's chauvinistic and vulgar, but Thicke knows it and is playing it up to full effect. If you can just go with it and enjoy the beat, you'll love it. If not, it's probably one you'll want to skip.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the way the song talks about women. Why do you think music so often objectifies women?
Why do you think they chose to sample Marvin Gaye's song "Got to Give It Up"?