Robin Thicke has defended his controversial single ‘Blurred Lines’, claiming the song’s lyrics are “a feminist movement within itself”.
Thicke was speaking during an appearance on America’s The Today Show, where he was quizzed about the ‘Blurred Lines’ lyrics, which critics have branded sexist.
Dismissing this suggestion, the singer insisted that his song is respectful, explaining that ‘Blurred Lines’ was designed to provoke a debate about relationships between men and women.
“When we made the song, we had nothing but the most respect for women and — my wife, I’ve been with the same woman since I was a teenager,” he said. “So for us, we were just trying to make a funny song and sometimes the lyrics get misconstrued when you’re just trying to put people on the dance floor and have a good time, but we had no idea it would stir this much controversy. We only had the best intentions.”
Continuing, Thicke said of the song: “It’s supposed to stir conversation, it’s supposed to make us talk about what’s important and what the relationship between men and women is, but if you listen to the lyrics it says ‘That man is not your maker’ — it’s actually a feminist movement within itself.”
Thicke previously defended the equally controversial ‘Blurred Lines’ video, comparing it to the work of Benny Hill, the late British comedian known for his saucy postcard humour. Discussing the notorious video, whose explicit version features an array of topless female models, some holding farm animals, Thicke said he “wanted to make a Benny Hill-type video, something fun”.
‘Blurred Lines’ has recently become the 137th single in the 60-year history of the British charts to sell over a million copies in the UK – and Vampire Weekend and Queens Of The Stone Age have both covered it.