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Blurred Lines Sends Mixed Messages

By//L’Oreal Thompson

Robin Thicke’s summer jam “Blurred Lines” appears to be blurring the lines between rape and consensual sex, in the eyes of some. In the popular song, the R&B crooner repeats the lyric “I hated these blurred line/I know you want it…” in reference to romance with a supposed “good girl.”

Recently, Thicke attempted to defend “Blurred Lines” to BBC by claiming the song’s title refers to “blurring the lines between men and women and also between a good girl and a bad girl.”

The video, which features nearly nude women prancing around Thicke, T.I. and Pharrell, has been viewed as misogynistic. But Thicke says he’s “always been a gentleman” and his wife, actress Paula Patton, encouraged him to release the racy video.

But Thicke isn’t the first star to come under fire for misogynistic, borderline rape-inciting lyrics.

Earlier this year, rapper Rick Ross was criticized for his alleged rape lyrics in “U.O.E.N.O,” in which he says, “Put molly all in her champagne/She ain’t even know it/I took her home and I enjoyed that/She ain’t even know it.” The lyric cost Ross a deal with Reebook and the rapper eventually issued an apology.

Lately, singer Miguel has raised eyebrows with “How Many Drinks?” featuring Kendrick Lamar, in which he asks an attractive woman “how many drinks would it take you to leave with me?” He goes on to sing, “Yeah, you look good and I got money/But I don’t wanna waste my time.”

Tell us: what do you think about “Blurred Lines”?