Skip to comments."Blurred Lines," by Sarah Lock, Public Representative
Posted on 09/17/2013 3:11:28 PM PDT by Morgana
ts been over a week since MTV held its 2013 Video Music Awards. Even if you didnt tune in, youve definitely heard about Miley Cyrus and Robin Thickes scandalous duo by now. Long story short, it was embarrassing for both parties. Yet in the midst of all this Miley/Robin VMA performance aftermath, I feel inclined to take the time to discuss Thickes equally-problematic half of the show, his song Blurred Lines all on its own. Lets take a look at the lyrical content of the songs chorus:
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According to some, he ripped off Marvin Gaye.
Its way, way too late to be outraged by this stuff.
A blatant rip-off of Marvin Gaye. I took me about 10 seconds of hearing the song on the radio to make the connection. THis was only recently, as I typically don’t listen to top 40 stuff.
If Marvin were alive, today, he’d probably be suing Thick’s Canadian ass off.
“If Marvin were alive, today, hed probably be suing Thicks Canadian ass off.”
Can’t Marvin’s record company do this?
A shameful rip off of Marvin Gaye’s Got To Give It Up.
Sure...or his estate. There’s been other artists sued (Paul Simon by MJ is one) for less.
If MTV still played videos would they play that one?
Jello Biafra was correct all along. I wish MTV would GET OFF THE AIR! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXZiSA49vJs
I don’t see anything in the article stating that the artist has said that is what the song is about, or showing that the lyrics actually say anything about that subject either. It looks like a feminist blog deconstructing the song and video and concluding that it must be about rape.
In my experience, a feminist can deconstruct Mary Poppins and conclude it is about rape.
Yeah, I think it’s obvious that they ripped off Gaye’s song, but that is harder to prove in court. As long as you aren’t straight sampling another recording, you can get away with ripping off the beat, rhythm, instrumentation, even the chord progression and bass line of a song, and it won’t be considered plagiarism. That all comes down to the melody and the lyrics being similar.
So, a million bands can get away with recording “Chuck Berry” style rock songs, with his signature rhythm, bass, chords, and sound, but when the Beach Boys used his melody from “Sweet Little Sixteen” in their “Surfin’ USA”, they had to pay up. This song uses a different melody and lyrics, so they would probably skate in a lawsuit.
After watching the video that t1b8zs posted I am just floored. I am speechless. I mean this. I grew up in the 80’s and remember when Billy Idol’s “Hot in the City” was banned from MTV for way way less than this!
The way women are portrayed in this video just sickens me.
What is worse and if you think about it that means young girls/women will imitate this behavior because they think that is how you “get a man”.
Yes it could be the author is not skilled in writing but I can see this video is clearly saying the man wants to have sex and sometimes getting consent is a problem. In one frame I saw one of the men “rolling his eyes” when he is singing about how he is getting past the “Blurred Lines”. He is clearly saying you are saying “Yes” when you just said “No”, or maybe the girl was not able to say “no” and he is just “rolling his eyes” and going ahead anyway.
Yes gentlemen I do notice details when I watch these videos. I know it is hard for men to do this when you have all those tee-taas distracting you.
That was the uncut version..but now you know who Cyrus was emulating as the vid was the 1st thing that I thought of when I saw the reporting on her dysfunctional performance.
“Yes it could be the author is not skilled in writing but I can see this video is clearly saying the man wants to have sex and sometimes getting consent is a problem. In one frame I saw one of the men rolling his eyes when he is singing about how he is getting past the Blurred Lines. He is clearly saying you are saying Yes when you just said No, or maybe the girl was not able to say no and he is just rolling his eyes and going ahead anyway.”
There’s nothing in the lyrics or video that says any of that stuff about consent. You, and the author of this blog piece, are just inferring it. Sure, it’s racy, and in poor taste, but this “rape” stuff is simply projection.
“Yes gentlemen I do notice details when I watch these videos. I know it is hard for men to do this when you have all those tee-taas distracting you.”
Seems we can always count on you for misandrist commentary. All us mens are just slobbering idiots whose brains shut down at the sight of a breast. Sure.
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