"Blurred Lines (feat. T.I., Pharrell)" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

Racy single and explicit video are all about sex.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The entire song objectifies women, comparing them to animals, ("Tried to domesticate you / But you're an animal ... Just let me liberate you / You don't need no papers"), and referring to them in derogatory ways ("Had a bitch but she ain't bad as you"). The clean and explicit versions of the video also show women prancing around in little to no clothing, posing with farm animals and having their hair brushed like a domesticated animal.

Positive role models

While Robin Thicke has been in a committed relationship with actress Paula Patton for over a decade, the song doesn't show a very positive attitude toward women.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

The entire song is about sex, often explicitly with lyrics like "I'll give you something big enough to tear your ass in two," and "Not many women can refuse this pimpin' / I'm a nice guy, but don't get confused, you git'n it!"

Language

The lyrics contain multiple uses of profanity, including "bitch" and "ass." The explicit version of the video shows "Robin Thicke has a big d--k" spelled out in the balloons, with the clean version just showing the "d" in "d--k."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The lyrics have one drug reference: "Baby can you breathe? I got this from Jamaica / It always works for me." The videos also show Thicke smoking and drinking.

 

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.

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Kids say

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?

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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"?

Music details

Artist:Robin Thicke
Release date:May 20, 2013
Type:Single
Label:Star Trak
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:Yes

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Teen, 14 years old Written byArjunjbsriram June 1, 2013
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Videos to be avoided

The song itself has little to worry about. It simply has some innuendo and language but nothing too extreme. However, the uncut video is inappropriate. But it still is not too extreme. If the content of it were put into a movie, it would be a light R rated movie due to the showing of breasts. And if it were a R rated movie, CSM would rate it 15 or 16. Language contains a few uses of ass and b*tch. There was one drug reference in the song but in the video it shows Robin Thicke drinking and blowing smoke into a model's face. The video is extremely sexist and demeaning so children should not be exposed to it.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 16 years old Written byshay4ever June 10, 2013
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13
QUALITY
 

video not for children

What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 16 years old Written byCloudIsC00L723 May 31, 2013
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13
QUALITY
 

As long as you avoid the music videos (both of them) it should be fine for mature teens.

The music videos are FOR SURE not for kids and teens. Some of the scenes in the "edited" music video are from the "unrated" version. (Some topless women covering their breasts with their arms). The "unrated" version of the music video was removed from Youtube not too long ago but it's still available on Vevo. For a song about sex that only goes as far as moderate innuendo, topless women in the music video is UNACCEPTABLE. However, I love the song because it reminds me of old-school R&B and I'm glad that a lot of new music (such as Justin Timberlake's 20/20 Experience and Daft Punk's Random Access Memories) is bringing back that style. If your teens listen to Timbaland, then they should be able to handle the SONG (not the videos) just fine. It has lots of innuendo (though it's hard to find new music that doesn't have innuendo) and surprisingly mild (though I don't like the use of 'b**ch') language.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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