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

Music review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
"Blurred Lines (feat. T.I., Pharrell)" (CD Single) Music Poster Image
Racy single and explicit video are all about sex.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 27 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

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 & Representations

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
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
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.

 

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written by☆Top Parent☆ August 21, 2013

Breezy, fun, summer track, mommy approved!

After reading Common Sense's review, well, to say the least, I was skeptical. But after listening to it, and carefully analyzing the messages in the song,... Continue reading
Adult Written byMedia_is_Disgusting June 12, 2013

I'm back.

So, I'm annoyed that Common Sense Media has deleted many of my reviews. I may have radical parenting views, but those views fall under freedom of speech. I... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byCloudIsC00L723 May 31, 2013

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 t... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byshay4ever June 10, 2013

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.

Talk to your kids 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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