Robin Thicke - The Blurred Revolution

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What do you think of Robin Thicke? The guy who was 'twerked' by Miley Cyrus. Is 'Blurred Lines' sexist? Why is Robin Thicke the new Robert Palmer? And you thought he is so fresh and original. Find out all this and more in my biographical article.

Submitted: May 27, 2014

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Greetings. Today I write about a white rap-singer with a catchy world-wide hit song called "Blurred Lines". Why would I choose to feature artist Robin Thicke and why would I place him in a series of posts to do with the 'Dark Side'? The answer to the first question is that I only noticed him, because his age of 36 years was highlighted in the media. Thus he is currently right in the middle of what is, for so many people, the most pivotal 'Year of Revolution' in their lives.

I saw him interviewed on a music channel yesterday and he said how important this song was to his career and how he had wanted to transcend his rap genre to create a hit pop song. I first saw, a mostly female audience, on the "Ellen Show" dancing enthusiastically to it. No question, it's a mainstream hit. It is a characteristic of a "Year of Revolution" (ie. ages 24, 36, 48 etc), that things don't always go smoothly.

After all you can't have a new age without upheaval and this can sometimes manifest as controversy. A form of setback that is usually temporary. Is it this way for Robin Thicke? Well, instead of just listening to the catchy tune and the chorus line of 'you're a good girl' etc., try looking up the lyrics and then watch the original video (banned by You Tube) but still available. Is this a bit sexist, or as his critics would say a whole lot sexist? Then search for "Blurred Lines"/sexist and see what I mean.

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Thicke, who somewhat ironically married his high school sweetheart and calls her 'Mama', defends himself by saying it's just a joke, after the Benny Hill style of comedy, and that there is more nudity in the Louvre, than in the original clip. Others point out that some female artists have said similar things.

However this will not silence those who find it's very mainstream success is on the back of objectifying women, who really mean 'yes' when they say 'no'. Critics call it a 'rapey song'. Now it's not really the 'Dark Side' per se, but it is a shade of grey.

The first time I saw him perform it. I said :- "This guy is the new Robert Palmer". Many in my generation won't know much about "Blurred Lines", but they sure as hell have heard of Robert Palmer's first big hit "Addicted To Love". In the video he wears a sharp suit (not unlike Thicke) and has a backing band of look-alike bored models, who gyrate as he belts out his big hit song (not unlike Thicke). That made me go to the computer. I now had two questions. The first was :- "Was Palmer criticised for sexism back then?" and the second was "How old was Palmer when this happened?". He was obviously not a young guy. Was he 36?

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Now just stand back and try to be me. You have this theory about a certain small number of years. You have amassed an amazing amount of examples to illustrate. That should make you a bit confident about what you might find? Or does it? In fact, it doesn't. It's the reverse. I stand in awe of 'Life Cycles' evidence. I am humbled by it. 

Mystified and cautious every time I check my facts. Well the answer to both questions was 'yes'. Look up "Addicted To Love"/sexist for yourselves. The first item is an embarrassing blog post that lists it as "The Worst Song Of All Time" and annoyingly sexist. Yet it put him on the map both sides of the Atlantic. It made his name. Just like "Blurred Lines" makes Robin Thicke's name. How old was Palmer? He was 36! Right in the middle of what I say is often the single most important year in a person's life. Finally try going back a generation again and see what happened to Johnny Cash at 36. It's all in the book. Same story yet again, although not related to sexist lyrics this time, but still controversial. I'm still waiting to be told I'm just lucky. You know what I would say to those who might do it:- "Bring it on baby!".

 

 

 

 


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