Ugh... there are blurred lines between...
over-the-top fun and non-consent. Let me explain, or rather, let me first point out the good parts of this song. It's fun. A very fun-sounding, '70s throwback type song with that groovy disco beat. And I do mean "groovy" in the sense that it has a great groove to it. No wonder, it samples Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give it Up." Pharrell also shouts "whoo!" which I approve of and adds to the fun. I can imagine myself dancing to this (if it weren't for the lyrics, which I'll get to in a minute), putting my (non-alcoholic) drink in the air. Now... what do I not like about it? There's a reason why a Twitter hashtag search (which Thicke and crew are trying to exploit in the video, a minor nitpick seeing as a lot of pop artists are doing that nowadays), #rapey comes up with a lot of responses for this song. Now, before I get blasted, this is just my analysis and I'm sure that Thicke is not trying to come across this way. It's just been so pervasive in pop culture that I don't think he or many other people see why it could come across this way. Considering that he sees this woman as an "undomesticated animal," (it really does irritate me that twice they also use a misogynistic word that should only be used to describe a literal animal, but anyway...) should he really have to be trying this hard to convince her to "hug" him (or whatever rhymes with that. If it's what he's trying to hint at, not a rhyme.)? Blurred lines actually in and of itself hints at what people consider the fuzzy line between consent and non-consent, as in, he pretty much literally says that he hates the fact that these "blurred lines" are giving him mixed signals as to whether they should get it on ("Talkin' about getting blasted/I hate these blurred lines/I know you want it"). Here's the thing, if you're unsure, just walk away from the encounter. The Steubenville incident also had what the assailants considered "blurred lines." Think I'm going too far? It goes further to ask the girl to "do it like it hurt." The video doesn't help either, the explicit or the regular version. It's not so much that the girls are topless or just have skimpy clothing, I mean, at this point this year I've seen three music videos with topless girls, so the shock value has gotten kind of old. Plus, if the women want to dress up that way, all the more power to them. But it actually makes the video less sexy, seeing as they're almost naked and still not doing anything besides walking around, so it gives off this exploitative feel. But what really irks me is the dead expression in the models' eyes, just a glassy, thousand-yard stare... Combined with the lyrics, you can't blame me for getting this weird, non-consensual vibe, like they were drugged. So again, just my analysis, and I'm not trying to insinuate that Thicke actually wants to perform sexual assault, but it is just one more song that adds to the misogynistic aura of pop culture. Want a dance song that has just of a retro-party mood without any of the creepiness? Go to "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk, or "Treasure" by Bruno Mars if that's more your style.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking