#AskThicke crossed all Blurred Lines

#AskThicke was a disaster! Needless to say, Robin Thicke was literally “asking for it” (no pun intended).

Javeria Khalid Petiwala July 11, 2014
 “I hate these blurred lines. I know you want it. I know you want it.”

The song that took social media by storm is undoubtedly catchy. As I hummed it, I was oblivious to the fact that the lyrics would create such a social media uproar and spark controversy all over the world, making it one of the most frequently played songs of the decade and promoting Robin Thicke to surpass all boundaries of fame or notoriety.

For a long time, I wasn’t aware of what all the fuss was about. To me, Blurred Lines was just another song. The song introduced the ‘twerking’ phenomenon to the world with our once innocent ‘Hannah Montana’ showing the world how this ‘move’ is carried out at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) and it was then that I did a little bit of research to find out just how appalling and degrading the song was.

The song that has been branded as a ‘rape anthem’ on several media platforms has been banned by the University College London (UCL) student union alongside 20 other UK student unions. And after carefully listening to the lyrics, I would rightly agree to the branding myself.

The lyrics promote violence against women and reinforce rape myths, which several countries are working hard to dissipate. I failed to come across a single lyric that promoted respecting women, discouraging men from objectifying women or encouraged boys to make girls feel comfortable in their presence. Instead it does the complete opposite of it all and conceptualises untaken consent as something interesting and fascinating.

In light of the controversy, one of the singer’s social media advisers’ thought it was a good idea for Thicke to participate in a live debate session on Twitter using the hash tag #AskThicke. It started out as an innocent marketing strategy to promote his then-upcoming album, Paula, dedicated to his wife - a wife who has already filed for separation.



My thoughts exactly.

In hindsight, it truly is a wonder what his PR team was thinking when they decided to run this campaign. I didn’t follow the debacle myself, but as of now, I wish I had seen the events unfold. Those of you who did, I have to say, I’m jealous.

https://twitter.com/_yungkoala/status/483727210621054977



You would think it started out fine before it got hijacked. You would be wrong. The first question put forward to him was a personal one.



I am curious, though. Has she? Or did the gazillion apologies at concerts not work yet?

There were some genuinely curious questions as well.

https://twitter.com/deansmith7/statuses/483972153608773632











It wasn’t long before the puns started coming in. What do you expect when you write a song with the lyrics “I know you want it”, really?

https://twitter.com/Picklechops_x23/statuses/483930442803212288

https://twitter.com/MaggieMimsy/status/486995994106941440



https://twitter.com/shakiraevanss/statuses/483771198073892864

The message is clear. We do not want young girls to look at a video of scantily clad women and get the idea that their bodies are to be used as mere sexual objects. We do not want young boys looking at the video and thinking that a girl’s consent is not really necessary and all you have to do is read between the lines.

Treat women like human beings who have a right to be respected and have a mind of their own to make decisions. And more importantly, learn to respect those decisions. Stop objectifying women!

Unlike his new album, the experiment proved to be excellent entertainment.





The Twitter campaign had all the ingredients of a regular “ask me anything” publicity event:

The pop culture reference:



The life lesson for future generations (and we all know we can learn a lot from Robin Thicke, he’s practically a cautionary tale):



The occasional death threat:

https://twitter.com/MrDuttonPeabody/statuses/483894610683781120

A shout-out to his famous father:

https://twitter.com/fowlm/status/484154323018846208

The hilariously appropriate tongue twister:

https://twitter.com/mistertodd/status/484204293537275904

And a piece of advice:



Needless to say, Robin Thicke was literally “asking for it” (no pun intended).

https://twitter.com/Simmy41/statuses/483927591695708160

We are all aware of the fact that sexist attitudes exist in every corner of the world and will not cease to exist. But such songs strengthen and encourage such insolences instead of discouraging them. The reaction on Twitter (and his album sales) prove that the people are not willing to let go of such degradation of women easily.
WRITTEN BY:
Javeria Khalid Petiwala A student based in Karachi, an ardent debater, and a Master Chef fan, she loves writing and travelling.
The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necassarily reflect the views and policies of the Express Tribune.

COMMENTS (10)

Working woman | 6 years ago | Reply "The message is clear. We do not want young girls to look at a video of scantily clad women and get the idea that their bodies are to be used as mere sexual objects. We do not want young boys looking at the video and thinking that a girl’s consent is not really necessary and all you have to do is read between the lines." What about having PG rating? Mark it 'Good Adults Only'? Remember, PORN is out there across the globe too? It shows Young girls, boys and everything that aims objectifying WOMEN.
mario | 6 years ago PG rating? So you're in favor of these videos circulating around if only PG rated? Really? Shame.
Moiz Omar | 6 years ago | Reply Hahahaha! This is hilarious. Robin Thicke got trolled so hard.
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