Robin Thicke's latest song and music video "Blurred Lines", featuring Pharrell and T.I., has been criticized by some who say that the tune can be seen as "rape-y."
Despite landing the top spot on Billboard's Hot 100, Thicke's catchy song has caught the attention of critics who say the lyrics, which repeat "I know you want it," is inappropriate.
Daily Beast's Tricia Romano said the songs were "kind of rape-y" and left female fans "unnerved by [Thicke's] creepy lyrics and NSFW video."
The song's original music video, which features topless women, was banned from hit video site YouTube in March but is still available on VEVO.
Romano wrote: "The nudity might be fine if the song was called, 'Let's All Have Some Fun,' but it's called 'Blurred Lines,' and the subject itself is enough to make some female music fans uncomfortable. The song is about how a girl really wants crazy wild sex but doesn't say it -- positing that age-old problem where men think no means yes into a catchy, hummable song."
Thicke explained in an interview with GQ magazine that his song was intended to be derogatory towards women. "We tried to do everything that was taboo. Bestiality, drug injections, and everything that is completely derogatory towards women. Because all three of us are happily married with children, we were like, "We're the perfect guys to make fun of this." People say, "Hey, do you think this is degrading to women?" I'm like, "Of course it is. What a pleasure it is to degrade a woman. I've never gotten to do that before. I've always respected women." So we just wanted to turn it over on its head and make people go, "Women and their bodies are beautiful. Men are always gonna want to follow them around."
Thicke discussed his album, also called "Blurred Lines," with radio.com. "I realized, this time, I'm not going to do it all on my own. I'm going to hire some of the great hit-makers in the business and try to make some music everybody can enjoy instead of just my small fan base."
The hit song, "Blurred Lines" has reached number one in the States, UK, and across Europe.