Rape is a sensitive topic that Robin Thicke’s song “Blurred Lines” seams to ridicule and trivialize. Even its name is the term that men use to justify taking advantage of a helpless woman in criminal situations. Some rapists will say “well there were just blurred lines” as if an act can be on the boarder of rape but still be morally acceptable. Some believe that this idea is wrong, degrading and dangerous. Consequently, a song such as “Blurred Lines” is only an acidic doctrine that promotes rape culture. Nevertheless, this controversial topic of rape occasionally brings a large amount of fame or attention to its discusser. Could Robin Thicke’s sexist and misogynistic song have succeeded because of its moral vulgarity? Also, is the bust of his second album a comment on his music, his gender hatred or both? The only things we can definitely see are the reasons why “Blurred Lines” is so slandered and hated by humanity.
Firstly, a proper explanation of rape culture os necessary for the context of moern mysoginistic songs. Buzzfeed states tht “ ‘Rape culture’ is a culture in which sexual violence is considered the norm — in which people aren’t taught not to rape, but are taught not to be raped” (Nigato, Testa, & Broderick, 2014). Therefore, rape culture does not mean people promote rape and children are being hypnotized by popular idols to become the hate filled foot soldiers of a patriarchal rape army. This might be the horrible nightmare that fuels some fanatic, fundamentalist feminist, but it is not the proper interpretation. Rape and sexual violence become seen as normal and even humorous topics without comedic interpretation. This is like if murder in the criminal sense were to be seen as comical in situational analysis. This “murder culture” obviously seems insane and unstable, yet we can conceptualize and justify rape culture.
So, how does Robin Thicke’s one song about “Blurred Lines” affect this said “Rape Culture?” Jill Morris of the Huffington Post wrote an interesting piece where she accused “Blurred Lines” of “enraging and re-traumatizing rape survivors” (Morris, 2014) . She also references a video in which two rape survivors talk about how “Blurred Lines” directly reminded them of the instances when they were sexually assaulted. Obviously, there is something in the song that deeply disturbs those affected by sexual assault, but is this also a sales tool for the music? Usually, controversial art receives a lot of attention as seen by the mere fact that papers like the Huffington Post give attention to them. This is free advertisement for “artists” like Robin Thicke (barely an artist). As well this horrible could have led to his seconf album doing as poorly as it did. Nevertheless, the song “Blurred Lines” affects rape culture by bring about horrible memories in the sexually abused.
A song should not be judged before one’s own ears experience it. Ignorance is best passed by the mouth so we should analyze the song ourselves. In “Blurred Lines” he immediately references a woman as an animal that he can “liberate.” This immediately flashes red lights of problematic messages. This obviously is referencing the control of a woman like an animal. This is as close to a metaphor for rape as a worm is from dirt. Various other lines objectify women including the rap section that talks of smacking a girl and pulling her hair. The epitome of the rape message of this song lies in its chorus “I know you want it” and “I hate these blurred lines.” We have talked about what blurred lines itself means, but what does he mean by “I know you want it.” Imagine a rapist overpowering a victim and his/her sick mind the victim wants the sexual abuse but refuses to admit it. (http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/robinthicke/blurredlines.html)That is what is being said here. The lyrics only approve the idea that “Blurred Lines” is clearly promoting the idea of rape.
The final culminating question is, so what? Does it matter that “Blurred Lines” is a rape promoting song? Yes. We have established that it has the potential to deeply disturb rape victims both through situational and lyrical analysis. This perpetuates rape culture because it became so popular. This spread the message of rape being permissible to various ears and minds. Ultimately, the song “Blurred Lines” influenced the promotion of rape culture based off of its message and popularity.
Morris, J. (2014, April 4). Rape Victims at Robin Thicke Concert. Retrieved November 12, 2014, from Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jill-morris/rape-victims-at-robin-thi_b_5049805.html
Nigato, H., Testa, J., & Broderick, R. (2014, February 5). What is Rape Culture. Retrieved November 11, 2014, from Buzzfeed: http://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/what-is-rape-culture