Have you heard of the “song of the summer”?
Robin Thicke’s Blurred lines? It is one of those songs which keeps playing on the radio and I never caught on the lyrics, save a line here and there. 2 days ago, when I came across the feminist parody of blurred lines, I ended up looking up the lyrics and the video of both the original song and the parody. I could not believe how such a song was being touted as the in-thing in media considering how misogynist it was. But yeah, sex sells every single time.
Here’s the video. You would need to sign in though because you have naked women walking around only in thongs and shoes. I have no issues with nudity but this makes me feel like women are toys, not people.
The lyrics are so misogynistic.
“I know you want it, But you’re a good girl, The way you grab me, Must wanna get nasty” – This sounds like all that victim blaming for molesting and raping women. She provoked me. She looked at me like she wanted it. She was dressed like that, so I knew she wants it. If women want “it”, we will state it. You can stop telling us, we want it. Thank you. At the same time, in conservative cultures, don’t many women pretend they are asexual and act coy like “chodo na, chi, kya kar rahe ho” types too? I have heard so many women tell me, what to do, guys want it, have to do it….
“I’ll give you something big enough to tear your ass in two”
Actually this video was directed by a woman who claims it was not misogynistic. To be fair, we cannot only hold the singer responsible for this though he appears on the video. Instead, lets hold everybody involved with this production responsible! An album with videos is not only done by the singer, it has so many people and I do not even know who wrote those lyrics.
The feminist version seemed cruel & disrespectful to me at first, but after seeing the unrated version, it did not seem that cruel at all. It is a great reply but still I felt some of it was getting at misogyny with more hate. Overall, the parody is way better the original.
“Let me emasculate ya”
“Prepare for your castration”