I think I happily listened to Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" three times before I thought, "Umm wait, what are those lyrics saying?" The mainstream media was already all over the "rape-y" lyrics, and Thicke's interesting defense — "Even very good girls have … a little bad side to them. You just have to know how to pull it out of them,"
he says. As for the naked women in the video? That's his wife's fault he says, "Then I showed it to my wife and all her girlfriends and they said, ‘You have to put this out. This is so sexy and so cool.’”
Luckily there is an awesome parody of "Blurred Lines" by Mod Carousel, a Seattle based boylesque troupe.
The troupe says on their YouTube page: "It's our opinion that most attempts to show female objectification in the media by swapping the genders serve more to ridicule the male body than to highlight the extent to which women get objectified and do everyone a disservice. We made this video specifically to show a spectrum of sexuality as well as present both women and men in a positive light, one where objectifying men is more than alright and where women can be strong and sexy without negative repercussions."
DOH! Our music and arts editor Alex Notman has already blogged this. Sorry, distracted by Lane County scandals. Well, you can't have too many chances to watch a good video.
I believe this link is to the more controversial nude version that YouTube took down. It also supplies the lyrics.