A recent article From The Mouths of Rapists: The Lyrics of Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines was fed to me for comment, which supposedly cements the argument that Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines song supposedly contains positive reinforcement of misogyny and “rape culture” content by using phrases that rapists have used during their heinous acts.
Robin Thicke has directly commented about the raciness of the video in an interview with GQ, Robin Thicke on That Banned Video, Collaborating with 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar, and His New Film stating that the sensual aspects were included intentionally to parody misogyny.
“A lot of my videos and songs have been so serious—about love and pride and relationships and hope and getting over insecurities and vulnerabilities. But lately, I’ve just wanted to have fun and enjoy my life, really appreciate all the great things that I have, like a great wife, a great child, and a great career. That shows up in the music with more humor and light-heartedness. // We tried to do everything that was taboo. Bestiality, drug injections, and everything that is completely derogatory towards women. 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.” So we just wanted to turn it over on its head and make people go, “Women and their bodies are beautiful. Men are always gonna want to follow them around.” After the video got banned on YouTube, my wife tweeted, “Violence is ugly. Nudity is beautiful. And the ‘Blurred Lines’ video makes me wanna…” You know. And that’s the truth.” — GQ interview, May 2013
To treat this video as anything other than parody, is not only (a) inventing a completely new interpretation of the author’s own statements about the song, but is also (b) crossing a dangerous line into the realm of an enormous double standard that strikes at the very fundamental core of the anti-rape-culture advocacy.
The double standard is that anti-rape-culture advocates will undoubtedly claim that the speaker of a message (such as the case of a rape victim who says NO to sexual advances) has the complete authority over what the actual meaning of that message means and it is not at all open to interpretation. However, the anti-rape-culture thought suggests the video is not parody and is genuinely misogynistic, despite whether Robin Thicke says NO. Even if Robin were silent on the matter, it would be massively hypocritical of accusations for misogyny to be taken seriously, while at the same time hoisting a banner that silence is not consent. Pick one and stick with it. Either the speaker has authority over what the speaker’s message really means, or the speaker has no authority and everyone is allowed to completely reverse the message entirely at their leisure.
Saying the message is actually the opposite of what the speaker says, is what rapists do.