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Blurred Lines' Robin Thicke Is 'Sexist Of The Year' As Song Promotes Rape; Singer Claims Song Was 'Misunderstood'

By Staff Writer | December 21, 2013 02:20 PM EST

Robin Thicke has won awards for his summer hit song "Blurred Lines" but this is one award that he will not be happy to accept.

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The End Violence Against Women Coalition, a women's rights group, has given Robin Thicke the distinction of being "Sexist of the Year." The lyrics to his hit single seem to promote the attitude of "No" means "Yes," which led to date rape incidents.

Thicke did not help his cause with the song's unrated music video. It featured three topless women in flirtatious and degrading poses.

The report from the Independent UK gave a rundown of the details regarding the distinction:

"More than 60 member groups of the coalition voted in the 'sexist of the year' poll, which saw Prime Minister David Cameron come second - the same slot he landed in last year.

The organisers are sending Thicke a download voucher for Aretha Franklin's "R.E.S.P.E.C.T" as a prize in a not-so-subtle attempt to transform his slippery reputation."

"Blurred Lines" was actually banned in 20 universities across the UK. One of these is Exeter, whose student union issued the following statement: "A song that implies a woman is 'an animal' who 'wants it' because of the way she is dressed is not acceptable," a statement from Exeter's Students' Guild read. "The language within the lyrics and the images within the promotional video are utterly degrading to the female subject. Any song that expresses an author's frustration at 'being sick of blurred lines' is beyond unacceptable." (from Independent UK)

The 36 year-old singer, though, has argued that the rape references to his song are "ridiculous" as he cites that he is a married man (to actress Paula Patton, recently seen in "2 Guns") with children and he would never condone the act.

 "I don't think people got it out here [in the UK] in those positions of power.  "I think the kids get it....I just have to deal with that."

From a GQ blog, Thicke was quoted: "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.'"

He said he wrote the song about his wife. "She's my good girl. And I know she wants it because we've been together for 20 years."

 

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