So, Robin Thicke has decided that he and his summer single, “Blurred Lines”, will start off a new wave of feminism. Man, that Robin Thicke sure is funny. That dude is hilarious. It’s just like when he joked about degrading women in an interview with GQ earlier this year.
“What a pleasure it is to degrade a woman," he jibed.
“Calm down, folks, it's a joke and everyone in the video is in on it,” was the article’s disclaimer. Thank you, GQ, for that reassurance. Nothing makes me feel safer than being told the violence and humiliation deliberately targeted at people like me is all in good fun. How progressive of you.
What’s actually a little bit scary about that Robin Thicke interview was the part where he views degrading women in his music video for “Blurred Lines” as some sort of reward:
“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.’”
I’m not sure which is worse: the fact that you think you deserve some kind of entitlement for getting married, having kids (as in, the same exact shit that a lot of other people do), and meeting basic standards of human decency by treating people with respect; or the fact that you think degrading other human beings for entertainment is your idea of said entitlement.
The really pathetic part is the fact that nothing Robin Thicke has done with women in his music is new. Practically everywhere in music are instances or references that are misogynistic. "Blurred Lines" is just the latest in a long line of pop songs which serenade ideas of aggressively hitting on women in clubs and making dubious assumptions about a woman's consent to sex.
Frankly, if Robin Thicke was actually interested in painting himself as some sort of pioneer progressive, he would try calling out the sexist bullshit in his industry, rather than making a song that perpetuates it. Unfortunately, Thicke does not appear interested in doing that kind of work, because why bother doing that when degrading women is such a pleasure?